Top 5 Headlines 10/2: Smith Returns to San Francisco

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1. Expect Alex Smith to play well in return to San Francisco

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

" Alex Smith is wise enough to know he won't get any satisfaction from his return to the Bay Area this weekend if the Kansas City Chiefs don't beat the San Francisco 49ers. It doesn't matter how well Smith plays or whether he outshines Colin Kaepernick, who became the 49ers' quarterback in the middle of the 2012 season when they decided Smith wasn't good enough.

"I'm trying to get a win," Smith said. "I [couldn't] care less about the stats and outdueling anybody. I know that this is going to be a story and that I'm going to have to deal with it. "    READ MORE…

Practice 10/1

Back at practice on Wednesday at the University of Kansas Training Facility, Chiefs working on preparation for San Francisco

2. Power Rankings: No. 14 Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"The Kansas City Chiefs continued their climb in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings. The Chiefs, who beat the New England Patriots 41-14 on Monday night, jumped eight spots to No. 14 in this week's rankings.

The Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys had the week's biggest jump. "    READ MORE…

3. Kansas City Chiefs – PlayerWatch

By Thomson Reuters - Global Post

"RB-WR De'Anthony Thomas was back on the practice field Wednesday working on his injured hamstring and there's a chance he may be able to play in his first NFL game this Sunday against San Francisco. Thomas suffered the hamstring strain in a September 3 practice and missed the season's first four games.

WR Donnie Avery suffered a strained abductor muscle (groin) in Monday night's game against New England and did not practice with the Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon. Avery figures to be a very questionable participant in Sunday's game against San Francisco."    READ MORE…

4. Still reveling in the greatest 48 hours in KC sports history

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"As if the last 48 hours weren't surreal and awesome enough -- the Guinness world record returning to Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs pounding Bill Belichick into Silly Putty, the Royals hosting a postseason baseball game, the Royals scratching and clawing like the cat that's always being chased by Pepe Le Pew in order to win said postseason baseball game -- Kathy Nelson tells us she spent Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium with her father.

We also should note that her father passed away a year ago."    READ MORE…

5. 49ers prepare for familiar face in Chiefs Smith

By Janie McCauley - AP

"Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.

Smith got hurt, bounced back, started and was benched, then regained his job and lost it once more. All the while as he adjusted to a new offensive coordinator and system nearly every year."    READ MORE…

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