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Derrick Johnson

Chiefs lose 36-21 to Bengals, fall to 1-3

CINCINNATI _ Quarterback Alex Smith took a beating in the Chiefs' loss to Green Bay six days ago, both literally and figuratively.tmpplchld He was sacked seven times and criticized by many for his inability (or unwillingness) to deliver the football downfield.tmpplchld Smith improved in the latter category against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, completing 31 of 45 passes for a career-best 386 yards, including 11 for 148 to big-money free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin.tmpplchld But it says something about the current state of the Chiefs _ not to mention the quality of the still-undefeated Bengals _ that Smith's improved performance still wasn't good enough to overcome the...