Alex Smith completed first-half passes to eight different receivers and the Kansas City Chiefs combined ball control offense with a stifling defense to beat the Chicago Bears 23-7 in a preseason game Saturday at Soldier Field. Smith, playing only the first half, completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards as Kansas City controlled the ball for nearly 22 of the 30 minutes.
Philip Gaines, who had missed the first two games as he recovers from last season's knee injury that required surgery, started and played the first defensive series. In Saturday's 23-7 victory over the Bears, the Chiefs opened in a nickel package with Nelson, Gaines and Peters at cornerback and Ron Parker and Daniel Sorensen at safety.
The Chiefs added to their glut of young cornerbacks on Saturday, as they acquired second-year pro Kenneth Acker from San Francisco for a draft pick. Dorsey and the Chiefs, per team policy, declined to disclose the nature of the pick, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported it is a seventh-round pick in 2018.
CHICAGO -- Days spent on the lake drowning some worms have taught Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid lessons about football players and their availability for practice and games. So neither Reid nor general manager John Dorsey would discuss Eric Berry 's imminent return to the Chiefs after Saturday's 23-7 win over the Chicago Bears .
CHICAGO -- Whether they're ready for the regular season or not, the Kansas City Chiefs ' starting offense mostly, if not completely, wrapped up its preseason with Saturday's 23-7 win over the Chicago Bears . So the next time quarterback Alex Smith and his starting offensive teammates take the field, it well could be in the Sept. 11 season opener against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hands the ball to Jeremy Langford against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Soldier Field. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) is tackled by Chicago Bear Jonathan Anderson during a preseason game, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Soldier Field.
This was just a preseason game, roughly 15 minutes or so before the Chiefs' eventual 23-7 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, but you would not have been able to tell, given the passion with which the 33-year-old Johnson - a 12-year veteran - seemed to speak. And suffice it to say, the Chiefs' first-stringers played like it, as the offense continued to purr, and the defense - which had been gashed on the ground in its previous two exhibition games - finally stepped to the plate, limiting the Bears to only 27 yards on nine carries.
Throughout training camp in St. Joseph, Chiefs players signed jerseys, pennants, helmets -- anything put in front of them by fans who hung around through practice. The starting group of nose tackle Dontari Poe and ends Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey has had an outstanding preseason, and the group rates as one of the team's strengths entering a season in which a playoff berth is expected.
This story appears in The Star's annual football preview, which will appear in three special sections in the Sunday, Aug. 28 print edition and also starting that day on KansasCity.com and The Star's Red Zone Extra app .) Injuries to Pro Bowl outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have thrust third-year pro Dee Ford into a starting role, and, well ... let's just say Ford receives a lot of attention in these sessions.
Running back Charcandrick West and linebackers Josh Mauga and Dezman Moses won suit up for the Chiefs in Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Bray returned to practice this week but Coach Andy Reid said earlier in the week that Bray was unlikely to play against the Bears.
When Aaron Murray joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 after being their fifth-round pick that year, the excitement level with the fans was through the roof. Had he decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft at the end of the 2012 season, the former Bulldog probably would have gone number one overall to the Chiefs.
Derrick Johnson joined NFL Network and almost caused a firestorm in Kansas City when he seemed to start to say that Texas barbecue was better than Kansas City ... but then he caught himself and didn't answer. "We like flying like that. We'll be in the thick of it at the end of the year. We have a team that has a core group of guys, high character guys on offense and defense. Keep us under the radar. We'll put ourselves there at the end of the year hopefully."