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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Observed in the locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs' 17-16 win over the Houston Texans:

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Botched option works anyway: Quarterback Alex Smith's 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter came on an option play where Smith turned to his left to offer the ball to Jamaal Charles, who wasn’t there. Charles went right instead. Smith kept the ball himself and scored up the middle anyway. Turns out Charles went the wrong way. “We were moving around with different formations all day and I forgot which way to go,’’ Charles said. “My mind just went blank.’’

Fourth quarter interception: Smith was upset with the officials that a penalty wasn’t called against the Texans when he threw an interception in the final period. Smith was trying to pass to Dexter McCluster.  “He was getting grabbed in there and he was trying to break out and the guy’s grabbing him, had him collared and we don’t get a call there,’’ Smith said. “I think it was too big a play in the game for that, that drastic.’’

An emphasis on Bowe: Smith’s first four passes of the game were intended for Dwayne Bowe, who caught two of them. Bowe finished with five receptions in nine targets for 66 yards, all season highs. The Chiefs appeared to make a greater emphasis on getting the ball to Bowe, who lined up occasionally in the slot. “He’s a guy you can move around and put in different spots,’’ Smith said. “I think he has that kind of ability. He’s big enough to move inside and can really get physical with guys.’’