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QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs

6-4, 212Born: 5-7-1984College: UtahDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Smith is hitting downfield passes to wide receivers! and throwing the ball to Travis Kelce more than three times! Against the porous Steelers defense, he's an excellent streamer or tournament daily games play in Week 16.

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This game has profound playoff implications for both teams - look for a hard-fought contest. Alex Smith cruised to a fine performance against the raiderless Raiders last weekend, throwing 18/30 for 297 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -2 yards. Knile Davis (two targets for 1/70/1 receiving) and Travis Kelce (six for 5/59/1) handled the TDs for Smith, while Dwayne Bowe (seen for 3/69/0) and Albert Wilson (five for 3/69/0) kept the chains moving in this phase of the game. The Steelers's pass D is ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 252.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 28 passing scores given out (two per game on average) vs. a mere nine interceptions and only 24 sacks generated so far (25th- and 27th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). There isn't much this pass D does well, friends. Matt Ryan lit them up for 26/37 yielding 310 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown last week (zero sacks taken). Advantage, Kansas City.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 at OAK 20 36 234 2 0 2 5 0 0
13 vs DEN 15 23 153 2 1 5 6 0 0
14 at ARI 26 39 293 1 1 4 26 0 0
15 vs OAK 18 30 297 2 0 3 17 0 0
16 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 23 32 * * * 4 * * *
16 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 21 32 * * * 3 * * *
16 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 20 31 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DEN (15 / 23 / 153 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)

Smith's day was not as good as his stat line suggested. He was under non-stop pressure throughout the game and did not respond well, taking more sacks than he should have. After three straight 3-and-outs Smith led the team 69 yards to their first touchdown. The drive ended with two very well thrown balls to tight ends. The first was a crossing route to Travis Kelce with three defenders in the area. Smith put the ball on the money for a 19 yard gain. On the next play he hit Anthony Fasano down the seam for a 20 yard touchdown. The ball was thrown just over the linebacker, where only Fasano could haul it in. After a turnover gave the Chiefs great field position, Smith missed a huge opportunity. Dwayne Bowe was wide open over the middle on 3rd and 8 in the red zone and Smith missed him by 3 feet. His next pass was deflected at the line and intercepted. With his team down 26-10 the, Smith again marched his team down the field for a score. The drive included a couple of gutsy scrambles and a well-timed throw to Jason Avant on a short out. The Chiefs were also aided by 15 yard roughing the passer on which Smith took a vicious late shot to the ribs. On the very next play he hit Charles on a deep out and Charles broke a tackle and dove into the end zone. Late in the game Smith struggled mightily with his eye level as he lost confidence in his offensive line. The result was three sacks in the final three drives and no chance at a deep completion. The one big play Smith did have, a 20 yard completion to Donnie Avery, was wiped away when Avery fumbled the ball.

2014 Week 14 vs ARI (26 / 39 / 293 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

Smith threw for more yards than he had in any game in 2014 largely due to the success of his weapons after the catch. Smith kept everything close to the line of scrimmage early but had a 26 yard completion to Travis Kelce on a short cross after Kelce ran away from the safety and up the sideline. Smith sparked the team's second touchdown drive with a 21 yard scramble up the middle. That run included a nice juke move to get past a linebacker. Smith's only touchdown pass came at the end of that drive on a swing pass that Jamaal Charles took 18 yards into the end zone. The Chiefs next drive came to an end when Smith threw behind Jason Avant on a short out on 4th down and hit the linebacker in coverage. Had the linebacker turned around it may have been a pick six. The Chiefs longest completion came midway through the 3rd quarter. Smith rolled right on the play, pump faked, then launched a 41 yard bomb to an open Jason Avant. Later in that drive he had a touchdown negated by penalty and then made a poor decision and threw his only interception. He was under pressure on the play and didn't see the linebacker underneath the route. Smith hooked up with Kelce for a couple of long catch and runs in the 4th quarter but then put together one of the worst two minute drills you've ever seen. Down six with a minute remaining, Smith threw five straight passes of less than five yards including two in the middle of the field.

2014 Week 15 vs OAK (18 / 30 / 297 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)

Smith had one of his best games of the season on the back of the Chiefs two longest pass plays. His 70 yard touchdown was a simple circle route to Knile Davis. Davis badly beat the linebacker in coverage and sprinted unabated all the way to the end zone. His 48 yard completion to Albert Wilson was more impressive. Wilson ran a corner-post route, beat the corner by two steps and Smith threw the long ball on the mark for the big gain. Smith also had a 37 yard completion to Dwayne Bowe that came on a deep in. Bowe was able to break it for a big gain because of a breakdown in coverage. Smith's other touchdown was on a quick slant to Travis Kelce, who ran through three tackles and into the end zone. Smith also missed a sure touchdown when DeAnthony Thomas got behind the defense on the left sideline and Smith overthrew him. Outside of the big plays Smith made several good throws into small windows, something he's avoided for much of the year. His offensive line did a better job protecting him and Smith looked more confident both in the pocket and throwing the ball. The combination of more throws into tight coverage and more deep shots contributed to Smith's solid fantasy performance.

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Schedule

16@ Pittsburgh Steelers
17vs San Diego Chargers