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Top 5 Headlines 9/22: McKnight Featured in Miami

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1. McKnight had no idea he'd be the star

By Adam Teicher -

"Observed and heard in the locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs' 34-15 win over the Miami Dolphins:

McKnight in the dark: Running back Joe McKnight, who wound up leading the Chiefs in receptions with six, receiving yards with 64 and touchdowns with two, said he had no idea he would be featured in the game plan. His involvement became necessary when the Chiefs deactivated the injured Jamaal Charles. "    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith keeps cool under fire

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"By the start of the fourth quarter Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had been sacked five times by Miami's formidable pass-rush, and he'd even committed a critical fumble that led to a touchdown.

But for all the harassment Smith received from the Dolphins, who even threw an eight-man blitz at him at one point, Chiefs center Rodney Hudson insists he could not tell a difference in his quarterback's positive demeanor."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs operate smartly in Charles' absence

By Adam Teicher -

"In the absence of the injured Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs knew they would have to operate their offense smartly Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. They have no one else with the all-around abilities of Charles, so they would have to spread the ball around and hope quantity could make up for quality.

The Chiefs did that in their 34-15 victory at Sun Life Stadium. Seven receivers caught at least one pass and Knile Davis rushed for 132 yards. "    READ MORE…

4. Cornerback Phillip Gaines makes special-teams contributions in Chiefs' win over Dolphins

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Cornerback Phillip Gaines, the Chiefs' third-round pick in this year's draft, was all smiles in the locker room Sunday, and really, it's hard to blame him.

Not only was he a part of an NFL victory for the first time, he also contributed to a winning effort, recording two special-teams tackles and briefly filling in on defense as a nickel corner when starter Chris Owens left the game."    READ MORE…

5. Cute no more: Chiefs have found an identity again -- and a running game, to boot

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"With star tailback Jamaal Charles scratched because of an ankle sprain, second-year understudy Knile Davis took the lion's share of the dirty work (32 carries, 132 yards, one score) in Sunday's win.

The problem, given the benefit of hindsight, wasn't so much a 16-point loss to Tennessee -- though that one still defies credulity -- as the how. In Week 1, theKansas City Chiefs got cute. "    READ MORE…

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