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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 8: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Alex Smith and company held the ball for 39 minutes at San Diego last week - long, methodical drives were the name of the game for K.C., so Smith had a modest day passing the football with 19/28 for 221 yards, one TD and zero interceptions (three sacks taken for -10 yards). The Chiefs attempted 39 rushes for 154 yards and one TD last week in comparison to the 28 passing attempts. Fullback Anthony Sherman (2/12/1) handled the TD for Smith while Dwayne Bowe (seven targets for 5/84/0 receiving) led the team in receiving. A.J. Jenkins (two for 2/37/0) and Travis Kelce (four for 4/33/0) helped Smith keep the chains moving. The Rams' pass D allowed 23/36 for 292 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Russell Wilson last week, after giving up 22/35 for 343 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Colin Kaepernick two weeks ago. This secondary is very weak, friends. They are playing way worse than their season average of 234 net passing yards allowed per game would indicate. Advantage, Smith and the Chiefs. That said, the rushing matchup is favorable for Jamaal Charles and company, so it's likely that Smith won't have to throw the ball a whole lot in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs NE 20 26 248 3 0 4 8 0 0
5 at SF 17 31 175 2 1 1 6 0 0
7 at SD 19 28 221 1 0 6 29 0 0
8 vs STL PROJ-Dodds 20 32 * * * 4 * * *
8 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 19 30 * * * 4 * * *
8 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 17 28 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SF (17 / 31 / 175 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith showed in one game why 49ers fans were so confused for years as to whether he was worth keeping as a starting quarterback. On one hand, he executes the given offense very well as long as now demands are made to run an explosive, vertical offense. On Sunday, Smith did not complete a pass over 18 yards, but even the intermediate completions were short passes that Smith delivered quickly and allowed his receivers to create yards after the catch. Both of Smith's touchdown passes were on such plays. On the first drive of the game, Smith threw a tight end screen to Travis Kelce out of a three tight end bunch set to the left of the formation which allowed Kelce to barrel into the end zone behind two stout blockers. The other touchdown was a pass to rookie D'Anthony Thomas in the flat, and the scat back picked up some great blocking and his speed took care of the rest. Plays such as these are why Smith averaged 5.6 yards per attempt on the day. Even though Smith had the chance to have a story book ending to his return to San Francisco, Smith threw a late interception during the two minute drill which could have produced a game winning touchdown. Ultimately though, head coach Andy Reid failed Smith and the rest of the offense with his play calling. The Chiefs have the play makers to win in space and a quarterback in Smith who can orchestrate an offense to achieve that ball distribution, but for some reason Reid continuously fails to recognize the best way to facilitate that game plan.

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.


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