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Chiefs, Bengals Kick Off Pre Season Thursday Night

Associated Press - August 7, 2014 3:54 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Quarterback Andy Dalton is armed with a new contract that could keep him with the Bengals for awhile. It may just set the market for Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith.

Thursday night, Smith will get a chance to prove whether the two of them are truly comparable when the Chiefs play the Bengals in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Dalton has led Cincinnati to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, but he’s yet to win a playoff game. The Bengals were bounced by the Chargers last season.

Smith helped to turn around a two win team prior to his arrival, going 11-5 and making the playoffs last year. But the Chiefs blew a 38-10 second half lead in a 45-44 playoff loss in Indianapolis, leaving Smith and the rest of the team eager for the start of a new season.

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