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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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Week 3: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Alex Smith posted 26/42 for 255 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -8 yards last week. To date, he's thrown 45/77 for 457 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions to land at 22nd among all fantasy quarterbacks so far this year. With Dwayne Bowe back in the fold (six targets for 3/40/0 receiving), and Travis Kelce emerging (six targets for 4/81/0 to lead the team in receiving) the Chiefs have some positive things happening on offense while going 0-2 to open the season. The Dolphins' pass D ranks 15th in the NFL averaging 214.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores and zero interceptions generated through two contests. EJ Manuel was not sacked or hit by the Dolphins last week as he threw for 16/26 yielding 202 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. In Week 1, Tom Brady and company manufactured 29/56 for 226 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, while taking four sacks for -23 yards. The Dolphins' pass D is looking pretty mediocre as of Week 3. This is a neutral matchup for the Chiefs' signal caller and his cohorts.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TEN 19 35 202 1 3 6 36 0 0
2 at DEN 26 42 255 0 0 5 42 0 0
3 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 22 37 * * * 5 * * *
3 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 22 37 * * * 6 * * *
3 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 18 32 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs TEN (19 / 35 / 202 / 1 / 3 pass, 6 / 36 / 0 rush)

Smith started the 2014 season with his worst game in a Chiefs uniform. While he got no help from his offensive line and little help from his receivers a large part of the blame falls directly on his shoulders. His three interceptions were all to Donnie Avery, who didn't make a great effort but can only take the blame for one of them. The first was a deep shot down the left side. Avery had inside position on his man and Smith threw the ball towards the sideline. Avery fell down trying to adjust and the ball was picked off. His second pick was an underthrown ball after Avery had beatenhis man by a step. Avery again fell down trying to adjust but a perfect throw would have likely been a touchdown. Only the third interception was a good throw, with the ball bouncing off Avery's chest directly to a defender. Smith was sacked four times and began dropping his eyes before the pressure even got there. While he led the team with 36 rushing yards, he also abandoned the pocket too early on at least three occasions. Smith's best throw (and biggest gain of the day0 was a beautiful throw over the top of the defense on a corner route to Travis Kelce for a 27 yard gain. Smith's only touchdown pass came with 10:16 remaining and his team trailing 23-3. A good play design led to Smith connecting with Anthony Fasano in the flats and Fasano drug his defender into the end zone for a five yard touchdown. The absence of Dwyne Bowe was noticeable in this game, as was horrendous line play, but neither was enough to fully explain Smith's struggles.

2014 Week 2 vs DEN (26 / 42 / 255 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 42 / 0 rush)

Smith was very erratic in the first half, often throwing behind his shorter targets and overshooting his receiver when he tried to go downfield. He flashed his athleticism early with a 10 yard run around the right end on a bootleg on the very first play of the game. Smith focused on shorter passes to running backs and tight ends early, not completing a pass to a wide receiver until halfway through the second quarter. Smith had a 25 yard run to set up the team's first touchdown, escaping the pocket and galloping down to the Denver 22 on 3rd and 4. Smith started the second half with a little more consistency and threw a well-placed pas to Travis Kelce on the right sideline for a 20 yard gain on 3rd and 18. Later in the drive he threw a bullet to A.J. Jenkins for 11 yards on a well-covered slant. The Chiefs second touchdown drive was highlighted by a great touch throw over the top of a linebacker to Anthony Fasano for a 20 yard gain. Smith got the ball back with 3:27 to go down by 7 and marched the Chiefs 64 yards to the Broncos 2 before falling short. That drive did have its worts as Smith had a pick 6 called back because of off-sides and a fumble overturned on review. He also made a great throw to Dwayne Bowe on the left sideline that gave the Chiefs first and goal at the 9. His last attempt at the end zone was deflected at the line.


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5@ San Francisco 49ers
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