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Smith’s ability to limit mistakes is the biggest reason he improved to 22-5-1 since the beginning of the 2011 season as a regular-season starter. The only other Chiefs quarterback to start their career with three straight wins are Len Dawson (1962), Mike Livingston (1969) and Joe Montana (1993), another former 49ers star who went on to win his fourth start, too.

Of course, it helps to have someone like Charles to carry some of the load.

After running for more than 1,500 yards last season, his first since a devastating knee injury, Charles has become a more versatile threat in Reid’s offense. Not only has he run for 224 yards in his first three games, he’s also caught 18 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m happy with running the ball, I’m happy with catching the ball. I know that I can do a lot to help my team out both ways,” he said. “I know they count on me even when I’m not even in the game. I try to catch my breath as fast as possible and get back out there.”

After all, perfect starts are a whole lot more fun when you’re on the field.

“We’re really motivated right now to play well,” Houston said, “but we have to put this win behind us and continue to play well and win these big games. We are really feeling good right now with being 3-0 up to this point.”



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