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Chiefs-Packers notebook: Wide receiver TD, Aaron Rodgers ties record, inactives

Jah Reid (left), who started the first two games this season for the Chiefs at right tackle, was listed as inactive for Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Jah Reid (left), who started the first two games this season for the Chiefs at right tackle, was listed as inactive for Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers. deulitt@kcstar.com

Jah Reid, who started the first two games this season for the Chiefs at right tackle, was listed as inactive for Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Eric Fisher made his first start this season after recovering from an ankle sprain. Jeff Allen, who can play tackle and guard, also was active for the Chiefs.

Other Chiefs inactives: quarterback Aaron Murray, cornerback Steve Nelson, linebacker Dezman Moses, tight end Brian Parker, wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

Inactives for the Packers: quarterback Brent Hundley, safety Sean Richardson, cornerback Demetri Goodson, safety Morgan Burnett, offensive guard Lane Taylor, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and tight end Kennard Backman.

Third-down woes

The Chiefs did not solve their third-down problem.

Entering Monday’s game at Green Bay, they had made three of 20 third-down conversions this season. Those three occurred in the season-opener against Houston.

The Chiefs didn’t convert a third down in seven attempts against Denver on Sept. 17, and they missed their first six attempts on Monday.

The seventh third-down situation loomed as one of the most difficult of the evening. The Chiefs faced third and 17 at the Packers’ 38. Alex Smith scrambled out of trouble and found Jeremy Maclin in the middle of the field and hit him in stride for a 31-yard gain.

Two plays later, Smith connected with Maclin from 5 yards and a touchdown, the Chiefs’ first passing touchdown to a wide receiver since the 2013 season.

TD record tied

Aaron Rodgers’ five touchdown passes in Monday’s game matches the most against the Chiefs in a single game.

Peyton Manning threw five against the Chiefs, once as a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 2004, and in 2013 with the Denver Broncos.

George Blanda was the first to do it. He threw five scoring passes for the Houston Oilers against the Chiefs in 1965.

Three of Rodgers’ touchdown passes went to Randall Cobb.

Charles sets career best

When Jamaal Charles barreled into the end zone to cut the Chiefs’ deficit to 38-28 with about 90 seconds remaining, he had his third rushing touchdown of the night. That’s a career best for Charles.

Five times, Charles had two rushing touchdowns, and he’s had a five touchdown game. That occurred at Oakland in 2013. Four of those scores were receptions.

He has at last one touchdown in each game this season.

Monday, Charles finished with 49 rushing yards on 11 carries.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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