Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
8. Kansas City (3-0). Quarterback Alex Smith has something in common with the rest of the KC offense: zero turnovers through three games. Not to rewrite history, or say the Niners made the wrong call on Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick, but to refresh your memory about what a gutsy decision Jim Harbaugh made in benching Smith for Kaepernick last fall, Smith was 27 of 29 (.931) for 313 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 151.2 rating in his final passes as a 49er. So call Alex Smith what you want—Captain Checkdown is probably the most charitable derisive moniker he hears—but understand why Andy Reid wanted him so badly when he took over as Chiefs coach. Reid is what I'd call a conservative West Coast offense coach. He wants his quarterback to move the chains, engineer long drives, and not turn it over. He might have the most perfect QB in football for those traits.
Kansas City has won three games in the last 12 days.
Kansas City won twice in the previous 614 days.
Peter King @SI_PeterKing19 Sep
Alex Smith's last 17 starts: 3 losses, 24 touchdowns, 5 interceptions.
How ironic that checkdowns to backs and tight ends behind blitzing LBs or safeties that have crowded the LOS is the very thing that would have kept the Seahawk and Indy defenses honest!
It takes a lot of patience but in watching the KC offense against Philly, we saw Alex time after time, competing short swing or flat passes to backs and receivers, several of them gaining just a yard or two. Occasionally, the receiver would slip a tackle and get another 4 or 5 yards, but little more than that. However, as the game went along, the Eagles began crowding the outside of the field and that left the middle of the field open. Once that happened, Alex jumped on it. Most of the yardage they got on that late 3rd quarter drive, and the 8 minute drive in the 4th that clinched the victory, was set up by those early checkdowns into the flats that spread out the defense. Fantasy players hate that kind of player but fans that put wins on a higher level than fantasy players love it.