QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs
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2015 Week 19 vs NE (29 / 50 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 44 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith and the Chiefs ran into a strong defensive effort from the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots on Saturday and struggled to move the ball for much of the day. A typical short and efficient passing game was relegated to total dink and dunk status. Smith attempted a whopping 50 passes on Saturday, completing 29 of them for 246 yards ˝ an anemic average of 4.9 yards per attempt. A clearly hobbled Jeremy Maclin clearly impacted the game plan and efficiency for the Chiefs and the plethora of receiving targets who attempted to compensate for Maclin's limitations were unable to get anything going. The Chiefs are normally very selective in the distribution of passing targets, with only the upper tiers of the depth chart the typical targets. Things were markedly different on Saturday, with 10 different Chiefs targeted. After being held to two field goals in the first half, the Chiefs began to come alive in the second half. Smith led an efficient 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, which was capped off by a 10-yard hookup with Albert Wilson. He would lead another lengthy drive in the fourth quarter, this time a 16-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a one-yard Charcandrick West touchdown. That drive would ultimately take far too much time off the clock and a failure to recover the ensuing onside kick sealed the victory for the Patriots. It was a disappointing end to a solid year for Smith and the Chiefs, but the future looks bright in Kansas City.
2015 Week 18 vs HOU (17 / 22 / 190 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith and the passing game was one of many things that went right for the Chiefs in Saturday's annihilation of the Texans. The veteran signal caller completed 17 of 22 passes on the day for only 190 yards, but with the game never in doubt, there wasn't much of a need for the Chiefs to air it out. Smith engineered several efficient scoring drives during the game, highlighted by two long drives in the second half. The third quarter would see Smith lead an 11-play, 94-yard drive that was highlighted by a pair of 16-yard completions, one each to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. The drive was finished off when Smith found Chris Conley in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard score. The fourth quarter would bring another long touchdown drive, this time an eight-play, 71-yard drive capped off by a five-yard Spencer Ware touchdown run. The drive would also feature the Chiefs longest pass play of the day when Smith found an open Kelce over the middle for a deep shot resulting in a 48-yard gain. The only black mark on Smith's day was a pick in the first quarter, when a pass intended for Maclin went awry and was snagged by the Texans Brian Cushing. Smith also showed his ability to pick up yards on the ground by taking off five times, gaining 27 yards in the process. He also had a 64-yard gain wiped out in the third quarter due to a holding penalty. The win marked the 11th consecutive victory for the red-hot Chiefs, who have a date with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on tap for the Divisional Playoff round.
2015 Week 17 vs OAK (14 / 24 / 156 / 2 / 2 pass, 9 / 61 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith uncharacteristically threw two picks on Sunday, but otherwise delivered a typical efficient performance in leading the Chiefs to victory. The Chiefs wasted little time in putting points on the board as Smith engineered an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession. The drive followed a familiar formula for the Chiefs with short, efficient passes complemented by the running game. Smith would hook up with his top target for the final two plays of the drive as he hit Jeremy Maclin with a short pass for a 12-yard gain from the Raiders 37-yard line, followed by a 25-yard catch-and-run by Maclin for the Chiefs first touchdown of the day. The Chiefs would have another long drive on their next possession, this time a 12-play, 87-yard drive capped off with a Spencer Ware three-yard touchdown run. The picks would come on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, with both interestingly coming on the first play of their respective drives and wrapped around an interception by the Raiders David Carr. The second pick was snagged by the Raiders David Armeson, who was able to return it 24 yards to pay dirt. The picks were only the sixth and seventh of the season for the veteran signal caller. Smith would redeem himself in the third quarter with a four-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with a 15-yard strike to Demtrius Harris in the end zone for the Chiefs final points of the day. The Chiefs relied a little more heavily on the running game for Sunday's affair, with 39 rushing attempts (nine of which belonged to Smith) versus 25 passing attempts. We'll have to wait and see if that trend continues on Wild Card weekend against the Houston Texans or if the Chiefs will return closer to a 50/50 split.
2015 Week 16 vs CLE (15 / 22 / 125 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 54 / 0 rush)
It was just another day at the office for Alex Smith and the Chiefs, who knocked off the Browns in a closer than expected game on Sunday for their ninth consecutive win. Smith started the day off well by engineering an 11-play, 65-yard drive on the first series of the game that saw him go five for six for 45 yards and tack on another 12 yards on the ground. The drive was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Maclin. The Chiefs second possession featured a heavy dose of the running game and saw Smith attempt only two passes, completing one of them to Travis Kelce for a four-yard gain. Cairo Santos booted a 40-yard field goal to add to the Chiefs lead. The Chiefs would add on some more points just before halftime, this time courtesy of a five-play, 56-yard drive culminating with a 13-yard strike from Smith to Travis Kelce. The points would be the last of the game for the Chiefs, as the offense would fall flat in the second half and the team would punt on all three of their remaining drives. The Browns dominated time of possession in the second half by controlling the ball for over 22 minutes, but the Chiefs defense held them in check to preserve a 17-13 victory. All told, another solid but unspectacular performance from Smith that got the job done and delivered the victory, but was absent any mesmerizing numbers on the stat sheet.
2015 Week 15 vs BAL (21 / 25 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Sunday's game was another check mark in the 'efficient and mistake-free' column for Alex Smith. The Chiefs remained in control of the game throughout, allowing them to stick to their preferred ways of short, efficient passes complemented by a strong running game. They would kick off the festivities with a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive on the opening possession that set the tone for the day. Smith rotated between short passes and handoffs to Charcandrick West, who would finish off the drive with a 38-yard touchdown. After the Ravens miserably failed on a fake punt attempt, the Chiefs got the ball back in excellent field position late in the first quarter. Two plays later, Smith connected with Jeremy Maclin for a 13-yard score at the start of the second quarter to put the Chiefs up 21-7, allowing them to put it into cruise control the rest of the way. Smith would engineer two more scoring drives finished off by the leg of Cairo Santos as the Chiefs cruised to their eighth consecutive win.
2015 Week 14 vs SD (15 / 23 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith's streak of passes attempted without an interception came to an end on Sunday, but the efficient quarterback quickly redeemed himself with a long scoring drive resulting in the game's only touchdown on the next drive. Smith engineered a nine-play, 96-yard drive in the second quarter that was capped off with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson. The touchdown pass to Wilson was also Smith's longest completion of the day, as the wet and windy conditions at Arrowhead Stadium were not conducive to a game featuring offensive fireworks. The Chiefs employed a very balanced gameplan with 23 pass attempts versus 25 rushing attempts, with Smith relying on his typical array of short and efficient passes. Smith also picked up 40 yards on the ground, his second highest total of the season. The win over the Chargers was the Chiefs seventh consecutive victory and keeps them squarely in the mix for a playoff berth. They will look to continue their winning ways next week when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.
2015 Week 13 vs OAK (16 / 22 / 162 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 23 / 1 rush)
If the NFL ever decides to create a weekly award for ýEfficient, Yet Unspectacular,ţ we can expect Smith to be in the running most weeks. Smith completed his ninth consecutive game without throwing an interception and extended his streak of passes thrown without a pick to 305. It was a quiet first half for the Chiefs as their lone points would come from a three-yard touchdown run by Smith in the first quarter, but the team would kick it up a notch after halftime and put 27 points on the board. A nine-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Spencer Ware, while Smith would hook up with his top target for two scores in the fourth quarter. Smith connected with Maclin for scores of one and 13 yards, both of which were the result of short drives that saw the Chiefs capitalize on Raiders turnovers. That makes three touchdowns over the past two games for the Smith to Maclin combo, who have hooked up 18 times for 255 yards over that stretch. Only five Chiefs were targeted by Smith on Sunday as the team has become very selective with offensive responsibilities over the course of its six-game winning streak.
2015 Week 12 vs BUF (19 / 30 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)
The aggressive defense of the Buffalo Bills forced Alex Smith to take a few more deep shots than normal and he was able to connect with his top two targets on several big plays. Smith connected with Jeremy Maclin on a deep right pass for a 37-yard gain in the second quarter, a drive that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run from Spencer Ware. The duo would hook up again in the second quarter for another long gain, this time a 41-yard touchdown. All told, the duo would connect nine times for 160 yards. Travis Kelce would join the festivities in the second half by catching a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter and snagging a Smith pass over the middle in the fourth quarter for a 38-yard gain to help set up a Chiefs field goal. In total, Kelce hauled in four of his seven targets for 69 yards. Smith would also chip in 35 yards on the ground in an overall solid game for the veteran signal caller.
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 ˝ 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 ˝ 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.
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