Kansas City Chiefs: Peyton Manning

When Alex Smith made his first career NFL start for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, the opposing quarterback that day was Peyton Manning, already well on his way toward establishing his own legacy as one of the NFL's all-time greats.

So perhaps it was Smith's destiny that the prime of his career will be defined by his, and his team's, ability to beat Manning and his latest team, the Denver Broncos. Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs aren't off to a great start in that regard. They failed to beat Manning and the Broncos in either of their chances last season.

The comparisons between Manning and Smith are natural since both players were once overall No. 1 draft picks. Smith hasn't succeeded like Manning on the basis of personal or team achievements and it's unlikely he will ever get to Manning's level without beating him, preferably more than once.

That's something Smith tacitly acknowledged Thursday in a news conference with reporters in Salt Lake City. Smith, who is to deliver the commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Utah, acknowledged he's aware the Chiefs and Broncos will play one of their two annual games early in the season, on Sept. 14 in Denver.

The teams will also play one another in late November at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I certainly want to beat him," Smith said. "That's for sure and twice a year, hopefully. That's the goal.

"The wins are the most important thing. I'm not necessarily worried about all that other stuff. I think it just kind of comes with time and doing things the right way and working hard. For me, it's just trying to get the [win]. I'd love to get that over him. We came up short twice last year. But the great thing is we get a couple of more opportunities this year and one of them early. That's definitely the focus.

"In that sense, it's a little surreal because he's a guy I grew up watching as well. My first career start was against him. It's been fun to compete against him over the years. Now as I'm older I'm less caught up in that, I guess, and I look forward to taking him down."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid is a deserving choice as AFC coach of the year, as selected Wednesday by Kansas City's committee of 101.

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The AFC has other worthy candidates, including Bill Belichick of New England and Mike McCoy of San Diego. And the way the Kansas City Chiefs finished the season -- with a 2-6 record and by blowing a 28-point, third-quarter lead in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts -- was troubling.

But in the bigger picture, Reid was the best candidate. The Chiefs were 2-14 in 2012 and then won 11 games in their first season under Reid.

Other 101 award winners: Carolina's Ron Rivera as NFC coach of the year, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning as AFC offensive player, Indianapolis linebacker Robert Mathis as AFC defensive player, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy as NFC offensive player and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly as NFC defensive player.

Reid and the other award winners will be honored at the annual 101 Banquet on March 1 in Kansas City.

KC's QB luck ends with Denver's Manning

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs will face an opponent using its regular starting quarterback. Peyton Manning will play for the Broncos against the Chiefs on Sunday night in Denver.

The Chiefs had been seeing a steady diet of opposing backup quarterbacks in recent games. In Tennessee’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston’s Case Keenum, Cleveland’s Jason Campbell and Buffalo’s Jeff Tuel, they had opposed quarterbacks who were put into the lineup only that week either for injury purposes or because the regular starter had been in effective.

Starting with Manning on Sunday, the Chiefs will face a group of more accomplished quarterbacks that continues with San Diego’s Philip Rivers, Manning again, Washington’s Robert Griffin III, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Rivers again. Also that mix is Oakland’s struggling Terrelle Pryor.

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