Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs offense looked unstoppable against the Patriots in week 1. While the four touchdown passes are certainly an outlier performance for Smith, how do you see him faring against the Eagles in week 2? Would you consider stacking him alongside Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill?
Phil Alexander: Has Alex Smith suddenly morphed into an aggressive downfield passer in his 13th season? I'll defer to Predictive Football's Kevin Cole, who did an excellent breakdown of Smith's huge Week 1 performance. The takeaway from Cole's study is what we saw from Smith last week was more a product of circumstance than a sudden change in his tendencies as a passer. We shouldn't expect Smith to approach his Week 1 numbers again this season.
That being said, Tyreek Hill playing full time does raise Smith's weekly upside higher than his previous career levels. Hill looked every bit the part of a superstar on a full complement of snaps last week and Smith will be the beneficiary of his yards-after-catch ability. I'll have plenty of Hill with Philadelphia's corners banged up, but you should be able to do better at quarterback this week than Smith, even if Hill has a big game.