Kansas City Chiefs Christmas Gifts

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Stocking Stuffer (Few Turnovers)

Dec 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) rushes the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) defends during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City has turned the ball over only 17 times this season. That is sixth fewest in the NFL. All five teams with fewer have guaranteed themselves a playoff berth.

With the amount of offensive dysfunction that this team has shown throughout the season, those numbers are better than you would expect. Especially when you consider that only seven of those turnovers have come from Alex Smith, who has been sacked more than any other QB not named Blake Bortles or Colin Kaepernick.

Regardless of what unit or individual you blame most for the Chiefs shortcomings this season, the fact that they have been able to protect the ball has done a lot to keep them competitive.