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Top 5 Headlines 9/9: Utilizing Charles in Denver

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1. Charles should be more involved in Denver

By Adam Teicher -

"Given the differing results from the teams in their respective season-openers, you can probably guess where I'm headed with my prediction for this week's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

Though my choice for winner of that game seems obvious, I'll refrain from going there just now. But here is a prediction I won't hesitate to make: Jamaal Charles will get the ball more than the 11 times he did in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. "    READ MORE…

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2. Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito done for season after Achilles tears in Chiefs opener

By The Associated Press

"Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the Kansas City Chiefs' season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Johnson went down without getting touched near the end of the first half. Eight plays later, early in the second half, DeVito went down at nearly the same spot on the field."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs' snap-count observations: Travis Kelce only plays 18 snaps

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs' 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Numbers are provided by the NFL.

*Travis Kelce was on the field for 18 of the Chiefs' 57 offensive snaps I'm genuinely surprised by that. Kelce has looked good all preseason and can help this team. It should be noted that Kelce caught three of his five targets, including a 27-yard gain — the Chiefs' largest of the day."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs need better efficiency on third downs

By Adam Teicher -

"It turns out that the Chiefs' sluggish offensive play in the preseason was a genuine issue and not something that was going to resolve itself once the real games started. The Chiefs converted just once in 12 tries on third down in their 26-10 season-opening loss to the Titans.

The Chiefs were minus-3 in turnovers against Tennessee, but a bigger factor was the game's imbalance on third downs. The Chiefs converted just 8 percent of such situations, the Titans 44 percent. The result: Tennessee had the ball for almost 38 minutes and ran 19 more plays than did the Chiefs. "    READ MORE…

5. 3 in the Kee: When Chiefs look in the mirror, they won't like what they see

By Sean Keeler - FOX Sports Kansas City

"KANSAS CITY, Mo. ‐‐ Accepting the concept that the Tennessee Titans might not be that bad isn't what's driving the locals nuts today. It's accepting the concept that the Kansas City Chiefs might not be that good.

"Yeah, it was tough," quarterback Alex Smith said after his Chiefs' 26‐10 egg‐laying Sunday in the team's home opener ‐‐ their last home game until a Monday night dance with New England on Sept. 29. "We recognize that our schedule is tougher as far as teams and their record last year. But I mean, at this point, we're focused on Denver and ourselves a little bit. When you have a game like that, really, it's going to be (about) looking at the film, being honest with ourselves in what we did and what we've got to get better at.""    READ MORE…

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