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Game conditions Saturday should present bigger challenge for Chiefs, Cairo Santos

Conditions were ideal for a big day from Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos last Saturday, and he delivered with three field goals in as many attempts and seven kickoffs that weren’t returned.

The roof was closed at NRG Stadium in the Chiefs’ 30-0 victory at Houston, but they’ll be playing in the elements at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The long-range forecast calls for rain Saturday with a high of 42 degrees.

“Cairo was in a groove, hanging them high and deep,” special-teams coordinator Dave Toub said. “But when you get out in the cold weather this weekend, we’re going to have to cover every kick. We know they’re going to challenge us.”

Santos said he practices place kicks with wet footballs and on balls with the laces facing him. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a potential game-winning 27-yard field goal against Seahawks on Sunday. The laces were facing him.

“It doesn’t happen very often because our operation is so good,” Santos said. “I practice on my own, when I’m warming up.”

Santos said he not only practices kicks with laces in various places but also with his body leaning.

“Just to work on the visual,” Santos said. “If it does happen, you just try to stay as calm as possible.”

The Chiefs’ success helped spell doom for the Texans, who fired special-teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky earlier this week.

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