QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): has a shoulder strain according to coach Andy Reid but is expected to be fine.
General News (Fri Oct 31): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 30): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 29): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Oct 28): is expected to play in Week 9 even with a sprained throwing shoulder.
Week 9: vs New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. As tough as the Jets are against opposing running backs on the ground, their secondary is very vulnerable. They allowed Kyle Orton to look like Jim Kelly last week (10/17 for 213 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -25 yards), and coughed up 20/37 for 260 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Tom Brady two games back (with one sack for -1 yard). The Jets are, by far, the most giving pass D in the NFL having recorded an enormous 22 passing TDs given up vs. a tiny one interception recorded this year (dead last in the NFL). Alex Smith has mostly moved the chains over the past two games, with over 85% completions vs. St. Louis (24/28 for 226 yards, zero TDs or interceptions, and two sacks taken for -8 yards last week), and 67.8% completions at San Diego (19/28 for 221 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks taken for -10 yards). Fullback Anthony Sherman caught his lone TD throw over the past two weeks (two targets for 2/12/1 receiving at San Diego). Dwayne Bowe (13 targets for 11/148/0) and Travis Kelce (10 for 8/78/0) are the two receivers over 10 targets during the last two games. The giving Jets should allow Smith some TD passes this weekend (they do for everyone else), but it's hard to say which Chiefs besides Jamaal Charles (eight for 6/56/0 receiving over the past two weeks) may be in line for those TDs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 7 vs SD (19 / 28 / 221 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 29 / 0 rush)
This was about as Alex Smith a performance as you could ask for. He completed a high percentage of his passes, didn't turn the ball over, scrambled for yardage, and rarely threw the ball downfield. In first half he only threw 7 passes, with almost all of them going to backs. His one throw downfield was a slant thrown behind Dwayne Bowe. Bowe caught the pass then spun away from a defender and raced up the field for a 26 yard gain. Later in the half he had a 9 yard scramble on 2nd and 6 that put the team in the red zone. The Chiefs dominated time of possession in the third quarter with the running game and Smith completing short passes. A.J. Jenkins took a wide receiver screen and turned it into a 19 yard gain. The play would have been a touchdown if Jenkins hadn't stepped out of bounds with no one near him. He followed that up with a 20 yard completion to Bowe, who was wide open because the defensive back fell down. Smith's touchdown pass came on the first play of the fourth quarter, to Anthony Sherman. It was a slow developing fullback screen and Sherman plowed through tacklers for the 11 yard score. Smith's best throw of the day came later in the 4th, hitting Bowe on a back shoulder throw for 13 yards on 3rd and 2. The Chiefs got the ball with 1:51 and a tie game and Smith drove them 62 yards for the game winning field goal. The highlights were a 9 yard scramble out of pressure and a 19 yard completion to Bowe on the run. Smith didn't do anything that would wow you athletically, but the precision with which he managed the game was impressive. He could have had a bigger day if not for four drops, including two in the red zone.
2014 Week 8 vs STL (24 / 28 / 226 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Smith had a bit of a rough start looking uncomfortable in the pocket and dumping the ball short whenever possible. On the first play of the third drive he scramble right and was stripped, but was fortunate that the Chiefs didn't lose it. On the very next play he threw a near pick, but the play was reversed because of a defensive penalty. He seemed to find his rhythm in the second quarter and completed back-to-back passes downfield to Dwayne Bowe to spark a drive. He was sacked on the final two plays of the half and the Chiefs had to settle for a field goal. Facing 3rd and 13 from his own 22 Smith showed his athleticism with a 15 yard scramble around the left edge. Later in the drive he found Jamaal Charles with a short dump and the star back turned it into a 30 yard gain. Smith hooked up with Bowe on a 16 yard slant on 3rd and 10 in the 4th quarter but besides that didn't have to throw much due to the game script. This was the perfect script for Smith, and he executed to perfection, setting a franchise record by completing 24/28 passes.
Latest NewsChiefs | Probable status for Alex Smith (Fri Oct 31, 04:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the New York Jets. link to story Chiefs | Alex Smith a full go in practice (Thu Oct 30, 05:26 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30. Our View: Just as expected...this shoulder injury is no big deal. Smith makes for a decent fill in at QB with six teams on bye. He's facing a pathetic Jets secondary in Week 9.
link to story Chiefs | Alex Smith fully practices (Wed Oct 29, 06:19 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our View: The shoulder injury is no big deal. Smith should have a nice day against a pathetic Jets secondary. With six teams on bye this week, fantasy owners might have to choose a guy like Smith as the starter.
link to story Chiefs | Alex Smith expected to practice (Wed Oct 29, 01:47 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is expected to be a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, according to head coach Andy Reid. Our View: Smith looks like he's going to be fine for the game in Week 9 against the Jets. You could do worse at QB if you're filling in for your regular starter on bye.
link to story Chiefs | Alex Smith expected to play (Mon Oct 27, 02:39 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 9 even with a sprained throwing shoulder. Our View: The Chiefs take on the hapless Jets in Week 9. Smith could have his arm in a sling and still throw for 250 yards. Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but the Jets secondary is not going to put up much of a fight.
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