Top 5 Headlines 12/11: Chiefs are in Top 15 Power Rankings

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1. Power Rankings: No. 14 Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"The Kansas City Chiefs weren't punished in this week's ESPN NFL Power Rankings for their 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Chiefs remained at No. 14 in this week's rankings.

The Chiefs deserve no better than No. 14 considering they've lost three straight games. They have the highest ranking of any of the six teams with a 7-6 record. The Chiefs are 2-1 against those teams, having beaten the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills and lost to the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs haven't played the Houston Texans or Cleveland Browns."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson looks to build on productive first NFL start

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"When Albert Wilson reported to the Chiefs' practice facility early last week, receivers coach David Culley greeted him with some fairly surprising news; he would be making the first start of his young NFL career against Arizona.

"I came in and they told me they were going to go with me," Wilson said with a smile. "I prepared for it all week." "    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs backing toward playoffs once again

By Dave Skretta - Yahoo Sports

"After the way the Kansas City Chiefs collapsed toward the end of last season, and especially in the playoffs, they arrived at training camp in July with the mantra of ''finish.''

It didn't matter whether it was a drive, a game or the entire season."    READ MORE…

4. It's not him, it's them: Alex Smith needs help, and his wideouts aren't giving it

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"It's hard to elevate a dead cat. For kicks, we added up the ProFootballFocus.com grades this fall for the top three wide receivers available, by playing time, to Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Colin Kaepernick, and compared that with what the Kansas City Chiefs have served up to quarterback Alex Smith.

Manning: 23.1

Brady: minus 8.7

Rivers: 9.9

Rodgers: 18.1

Kaepernick: 2.8

Average WR unit grade, by quarterback: 9.04.

Smith's guys: minus 9.0."    READ MORE…

5. Raiders rookie LB Khalil Mack honored for fundamental approach

By Bill Williamson - ESPN.com

"One of the more prestigious yearly honors for NFL players is given by the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team.

It didn't take Khalil Mack long to get noticed by the impressive five-person committee. Mack, an Oakland Raiders' outside linebacker, was named Wednesday to the committee's All-Fundamental team. Mack, the No. 5 overall pick in the May draft, was the only rookie selected to the team."    READ MORE…

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