Top 5 Headlines 9/23: Utilizing Offensive Players

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1. Chiefs finally using best offensive players

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"One of the keys to offensive success for the Kansas City Chiefs is utilizing their best skill players. Sounds like a no-brainer, but the Chiefs in the first two games hadn't been giving the most work to their best receivers and running backs. That was particularly true for the season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs distributed their snaps wisely in Sunday's 34-15 win against the Dolphins in Miami. Their top five skill players (other than quarterback Alex Smith) in terms of play counts were tight end Anthony Fasano (all 72 plays), wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (55), running back Knile Davis (53), tight end Travis Kelce (47) and wide receiver Donnie Avery (41)."    READ MORE…

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Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer on their team to a 34-15 victory over the Dolphins on September 21, 2014 in Miami.

2. Chiefs defense needs to create turnovers

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"In one sense, the Kansas City Chiefs are in no position to ask for more from their defense. Missing four starters because of injuries and put in difficult situations after turnovers and sloppy special teams play, the Chiefs got a significant effort from their defense in Sunday's 34-15 victory against the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs made a number of crucial defensive stops before the game turned into a rout in the final minutes.

But with the Chiefs facing a difficult stretch of schedule starting with next Monday night's game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium, their defense will have to provide stops and more. "    READ MORE…

3. 3 in the Kee: Meet Chiefs road warriors Kelce, Parker and -- Frankie Hammond Jr.?

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"Let's throw an addendum to the old football adage, shall we? Defense, the run game and special teams always travel well.

And, as of late, so does Alex Smith."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs looking for more protection from the offensive line

By Rustin Dodd - The Kansas City Star

"The sample size is small, of course, just three games. But if there is one early concern for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, it might be this: Quarterback Alex Smith has been among the most harassed quarterbacks in the NFL.

Through three games, the Chiefs have allowed 11 sacks, the second most in the NFL behind the Jacksonville Jaguars' 17 sacks. During a 34‐15 victory Sunday at Miami, Smith went down five times, including on a safety that cut the Chiefs' lead to 21‐15 late in the third quarter."    READ MORE…

5. Don't blame GM John Dorsey for the low moments of the Chiefs' 1-2 start

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"If you don't like the menu, your beef is with the cook, to paraphrase Bill Parcells, not the guy who bought the groceries.

Of the seven offensive players with the Kansas City Chiefs who graded out with a positive rating by Pro Football Focus (PFF) on Sunday at Miami, five were new boys, brought in over the past 20 months by general manager John Dorsey. Of the 11 on defense who received positive marks, seven had been added to the roster by the current regime since February 2013."    READ MORE…

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