KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most disappointing thing for Alex Smith about Saturday night's game against Minnesota wasn't his two interceptions in the red zone. Nor the fact that Kansas City's first-team offense still has not scored a touchdown this preseason.
"It hurts," Smith said simply.
Not as much it could in a couple weeks if the Chiefs, ransacked by injuries and suspensions, are unable to sort out a multitude of problems on both sides of the ball.
Smith didn't get much help from his offensive line, either. With Donald Stephenson suspended for four games for violating the league's drug policy, left guard Jeff Allen has been forced to move into his spot at right tackle. Jeff Linkenbach and Ricky Henry are left trying to fill in at the guard spot -- and none of them fared particularly well against Minnesota.
"Honestly, I have no ill will toward Kansas City or anything that happened here," Cassel said. "The one thing I can look back on in my time here is I gave 110 percent. I tried to go about my business in a certain manner. Unfortunately it didn't work out the way I wanted it to here."
Cassel also threw an interception before turning things over to Bridgewater in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback threw two TD passes to tight end Allen Reisner to seal the win.
"He got hit and smacked a few times. Stood in there and we dropped a couple of balls. So it's not all on the quarterback," he said, "and I thought he did well and I thought Teddy did well."
"Most of the time games don't really get out of hand like that," Zimmer said. "It's really important that our players don't get overconfident. We've got so many things we have to work on. But I'm proud of this football team. I like how they work."
Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals to extend Minnesota's lead to 13-5, and both teams pulled their starters in the third quarter. Bridgewater and Reisner connected twice in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds later in the quarter to put things out of reach.
"We all would have loved to end it here on a better note," Smith said, "but I'm still very comfortable with where we're at. We got a ton of great work in here. Just need to finish."
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