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Alex Smith not a fan of short time between Chiefs-Chargers games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As AFC West rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers weren’t going to have any secrets heading into Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. They meet twice a year and have played a total of five times since Andy Reid and Mike McCoy arrived in 2013 to coach their respective teams.

Sunday’s game might have a particularly familiar look, in style and tactics if not result. The Chiefs and Chargers played one another three weeks ago in San Diego, with Kansas City winning 33-3. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith isn’t a big fan of playing a game against a division rival, and one that potentially has big implications with regard to the playoffs, after such a quick turnaround.

“I think this is kind of strange, to be honest with you," Smith said. “I realize, obviously, the scheduling is never going to be perfect, but it is strange to play them three weeks ago. You only have two games in between to look at. So yeah, it is strange. I would prefer more time.

“I think that’s kind of what the division games are about, playing teams twice, you have to play them twice, home and away. And the adjustments, there’s only so much you can do this late in the season playing this close together.”

The situation isn’t unique. The Chiefs have three games in between last week’s matchup with Oakland and a Jan. 3 game against the Raiders at Arrowhead. They had two weeks in between games against the Raiders last year. They had just one game in between meetings with the Denver Broncos in 2013.

So it happens, but that doesn’t make it an ideal situation. When division rivals meet twice in a short period of time, it increases the possibility that one key player or more from one team or the other will miss both games because of injury, though that probably won’t be the case for this year’s Kansas City-San Diego series.

In any case, both teams have no choice but to make the most of it. In San Diego, McCoy doesn't sound like a fan of the quick turnaround, either.

“It is what it is,’’ McCoy said. “You have 16 games, and it’s one of 16.

“It’s a quick turnaround, and I think we have a good understanding of how we want to play this football team and they have a good understanding of how they want to play us. It should be a good football game.”