QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
Week 12: vs Buffalo Bills
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Alex Smith posted a very Alex-Smith-like 20/25 for 253 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown even on a day when the Chiefs blew past the Chargers 33-3. He found Travis Kelce the most (seven targets for 5/46/0 receiving), also throwing to Charcandrick West (two for 2/48/0), Albert Wilson (four for 4/46/0) and Jeremy Maclin (six for 3/29/0). This is a low-ceiling passing attack, friends. The Bills average 253.8 net passing yards allowed per game (22nd in the NFL), with 18 passing scores handed out to date, vs. 11 interceptions (tied for eighth in the league) and 15 sacks generated (29th in the NFL). Last week, Tom Brady was limited to just one TD throw, but he wound up with 20/39 for 270 net yards passing (with one interception also thrown). Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is tied for sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (17.4 on average); the most stingy with fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (just 1.8 per contest); and is in the middle of the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.6, 14th-most). This looks like a bad matchup for the Chiefs and their snooze-fest of a passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs SD (20 / 25 / 253 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 33 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith offered up another efficient performance that saw him extend his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 253 attempts. He completed 80% of his passes, chipped in 33 yards on the ground and engineered five scoring drives which included three rushing touchdowns and two field goals. The offense started off relatively slow as they were forced to punt on their opening possession of the game, but followed that up by scoring on their next three possessions, although they walked away with only 12 points to show for it. A nine-play, 71-yard drive was capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by defensive tackle Dontari Poe and featured Smith's longest pass play of the day, a 47-yard catch-and-run to Charcandrick West. The Chiefs would settle for field goals on their next two drives of the half. The third quarter would see the Chiefs only points come off of a Justin Houston pick-six. The game was well at hand in the fourth quarter when Spencer Ware capped off two drives with 3-yard touchdown runs. Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin were Smith's top targets on the day as the duo was targeted on 13 of 25 pass attempts.
2015 Week 10 vs DEN (17 / 31 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
Smith turned in another efficient yet unspectacular performance in leading the Chiefs to a one-sided victory, but the results could have been a lot more lopsided if the team was able to close the deal and find the end zone instead of settling for field goals. In between Charcandrick West's two touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters, Cairo Santos booted five field goals as Chiefs scoring drives stalled in Broncos territory. Granted, the Broncos defense deserves credit for limiting the damage over the course of a brutal game for the Broncos offense, but Smith and the Chiefs have to punch the ball in more often. Smith averaged a paltry 6.6 yards per attempt while completing 54.8% of his passes. The Chiefs would find the end zone on their first possession, a 31-yard drive that culminated in a West 4-yard touchdown run. West's number was called four times on the drive and accounted for 25 of the 31 yards gained on the drive. After the succession of field goals, the Chiefs were able to find the end zone again in the fourth quarter off of a two-play, 81-yard drive. West accounted for all of the yardage on this drive as well, taking a short pass from Smith 80 yards to pay dirt. Smith has now thrown for 10 touchdowns this season.
2015 Week 8 vs DET (18 / 26 / 145 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 78 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith had his finest day of the season along with the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs as they dominated the Lions on Sunday to the tune of 45-10. While Smith had an efficient day of passing by completing 69.2% of his passes and throwing for two scores, his performance on the ground may have been the most impressive part of his day. Smith carried the ball five time for 78 yards and a score, with the bulk of his damage occurring on the first drive of the second quarter. Not liking what he saw out of the shotgun formation on the first play of the drive, Smith tucked the ball and ran up the middle and found an opening, racing up the sideline for a 49-yard gain. He found himself in a similar situation later in the drive. Facing 3rd and 10 from the Lions 12-yard line, Smith decided running was the best option and took the ball up the middle before finding a hole to the outside to run into the end zone untouched. The Chiefs took a 24-3 lead into the half but did not rest on their laurels. They would tack on three more touchdowns in the second half, two of them off of Smith touchdown passes. An efficient 11-play, 61-yard drive that ran more than six minutes off the clock was capped off by a 2-yard pass to Travis Kelce for a score. A 37-yard punt return by De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth quarter brought the Chiefs into the red zone and they only needed two plays to hit pay dirt. Smith found Jeremy Maclin in the back of the end zone with a 17-yard strike to put the game even further out of reach. An overall solid day for Smith and the Chiefs as they head into their bye week.
2015 Week 7 vs PIT (21 / 32 / 251 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
After a less than stellar effort in Week 6, Alex Smith settled in nicely this week and put forth a solid effort - even without his top target available. Jeremy Maclin missed the game due to a concussion he suffered last week. Smith was not deterred and spread the ball around well amongst the remaining targets en route to completing 65.6% of his passes. The first half seemed to be playing out similar to last week's game as the Chiefs settled for field goals on three drives for their only points of the half, but the team's offense would spark to life in the second half with two long touchdown drives. A nine-play, 53-yard drive in the third quarter was capped off with a Charcandrick West one-yard touchdown run. Smith hit two key pass plays on the drive to keep things moving - a 17-yard deep left pass to Albert Wilson followed by a short 14-yard pass, also to Wilson. The final scoring drive came in the fourth quarter and ran more than five minutes off the clock. Smith engineered an eight-play, 84-yard drive that culminated with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley and was highlighted by a 26-yard hookup with Travis Kelce on third and four from the Chiefs 22-yard line. Smith was sacked only twice on Sunday, a welcome relief for a quarterback who had been sacked 23 times heading into the game.
2015 Week 6 vs MIN (22 / 37 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense failed to find any rhythm until the fourth quarter. The 10 points they would generate in the quarter would prove to be not enough as the Chiefs fell 16-10 to the Vikings. For the second consecutive week, Smith's completion percentage has fallen below 60%. The normally accurate Smith followed up Week 5's 53.3% with a 59.5% performance this week ñ an improvement to be sure, but the veteran is still overthrowing targets at times and being plagued by drops from the receivers at others. Smith was sacked twice on Sunday, bringing his total to 23 in 2015. . A solid 73-yard drive in the third quarter failed to produce points as the team went for it on 4th and 1 from the Vikings 7-yard line, but were halted when Charcandrick West was stopped for no gain. The Chiefs best drive of the day was their lone touchdown drive, a 7-play, 77-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 42-yard touchdowns pass to Albert Wilson ñ the Chiefs longest pass play of the day. Eleven different Chiefs were targeted on pass plays.
2015 Week 5 vs CHI (16 / 30 / 181 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
The Chiefs failed to hold on to a 17-6 lead after three quarters and fell to the Chicago Bears 18-7 on Sunday in another heartbreaker at home. To add to the misery, Jamaal Charles went down with a non-contact injury in the third quarter which is believed to be a torn ACL in his right knee. Alex Smith and the Chiefs could get little going on offense throughout the game, gaining only 181 yards through the air and another 117 yards on the ground.
2015 Week 4 vs CIN (31 / 45 / 386 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 25 / 0 rush)
Smith and the Chiefs seemingly picked up on their second half momentum from last week's game at Green Bay on their first drive. He navigated through some early pressure by the Bengals with some short passes and quick releases, ultimately leading the team on a 13-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. Smith engineered three more scoring drives in the second quarter, but they also failed to find pay dirt and the Chiefs would settle for three more field goals. The pressure from the Bengals would mount throughout the game and while Smith generally kept his poise, it did result in some hurried passes and missed connections. He was sacked five times in total. The second half would bring three more scoring drives resulting in field goals, including a 16-play, 71-yard drive in the fourth quarter that stalled with first down at the 11-yard line with three consecutive incompletions. On the positive front, Smith and Jeremy Maclin continue to display their chemistry. The duo connected 11 times on 13 targets for 148 yards.
2015 Week 3 vs GB (24 / 40 / 290 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
Smith struggled with constant pressure from the Packers defense and failed to get the offense in gear until the game was well at hand. He threw for only 39 yards in a rough first half, salvaged only by a Jamaal Charles touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Chiefs on the board. The pressure affected his decision making throughout the game as the normally efficient Smith completed only 24 of 40 for 290 yards, one touchdown and a pick. The offense came to life in the second half and Smith was able to lead the Chiefs on three scoring drives. An 80-yard drive in the third quarter was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin, who was surprisingly non-existent in the first half before being heavily targeted in the second. Jamaal Charles finished off two more scoring drives in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it was a case of too little too late. Smith was sacked seven times on Monday Night and struggled on third-down conversions, finding success on only two of ten chances. Overall, a rough night for Smith and the Chiefs offense but they were able to salvage some fantasy value in the second half.
2015 Week 2 vs DEN (16 / 25 / 191 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense looked to be picking up where they left off last week on their opening drive as Smith efficiently led them down the field on the opening drive. However, the 74-yard drive proved to be for naught as Jamaal Charles fumbled a screen pass at the 5-yard line to give the Broncos possession. The team's second drive stalled when Smith overthrew an open Albert Wilson around their own 35-yard line on third down. The Chiefs were up 14-7 and headed towards halftime when a Smith pass intended for Jeremy Maclin was intercepted by the Broncos. The interception proved costly as the Broncos were able to score off the ensuing possession to tie the game at the half. Another costly turnover in the red zone hampered the Chiefs in the fourth quarter as a badly thrown ball by Smith thwarted another scoring drive. All told, Smith was not as efficient as in Week 1, completing 16 of 25 for 191 yards, no touchdowns and two picks. He was under pressure for most of the evening which contributed to his shaky performance.
2015 Week 1 vs HOU (22 / 33 / 243 / 3 / 0 pass, 9 / 15 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith wasted little time in showing off the possibilities for the Kansas City Chiefs offense in 2015, connecting with Travis Kelce for two first quarter touchdowns en route to a 243-yard, 3 touchdown day. He showed off his usual accuracy by completing 22 of 33 and looked poised and confident throughout the game which was not as close as the final score would indicate. Smith's first touchdown to Kelce was completed amongst traffic in the end zone, a well-placed ball that Kelce used his size to bring in over the defenders. Their second connection was courtesy of some poor coverage by the Texans, resulting in a 42-yard touchdown. The third touchdown also came in the first half following a Texans turnover. Smith needed one play to connect with Jamaal Charles for a quick 7-yard touchdown, putting the Chiefs ahead by a score of 27-6. Although the second half was quiet for the offense after the explosive first half, Smith and the Chiefs offense looks to be in great shape after Week 1.
Latest NewsChiefs | Alex Smith accounts for two TDs (Sun Nov 29, 05:52 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 19-for-30 for 255 yards and two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 29. He also rushed for 35 yards on six carries during the game. Our View: Smith was able to keep up with Tyrod Taylor in a downfield passing duel. Jeremy Maclin was getting free behind the Bills secondary as often as Sammy Watkins, and he basically matched his numbers minus one score. This is a great sign heading into a matchup against a vulnerable Oakland defense.
link to story Chiefs | Alex Smith quiet in victory (Sun Nov 22, 07:37 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts for 253 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the San Diego Chargers, and he carried seven times for 33 yards. Our View: What's good for the Chiefs defense is bad for Smith and his targets in fantasy leagues because the already conservative quarterback doesn't need to press the issue when he plays with a lead. Next week brings the Bills tough corners, so except Jeremy Maclin to be quiet again.
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