What Peyton Manning’s 7 TD Performance Means For Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith

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The NFL is a quarterback’s league, and Peyton Manning went out last night and proved it.

Manning, at 37 years old mind you, absolutely dismantled the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Baltimore Ravens on national television. The Broncos’ quarterback completed 27-of-42 passes for an astounding 462 yards and seven touchdowns, which tied the NFL record for touchdowns in a game.

He hit seven different receivers and threw two touchdowns each to wideout Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Wes Welker. He averaged 11.0 yards per throw and didn’t toss a single interception in those 42 tries.

Simply put, Manning was a surgeon, and he gave us a glimpse of what the Chiefs will have to deal with in the battle for the AFC West in 2013.

He also reminded us that the NFL is indeed a league dominated by quarterbacks. That’s a fact that Aaron Rodgers will certainly remind us of sometime this season, and the same could be said for Drew Brees Tom Brady and a few other quarterbacks in the league.

Outside of a few exceptions, if you want to win big in the NFL, you must have the right guy at the quarterback position.

For Chiefs fans, that has been an unfortunate truth for some while now.

The good news is, we in Chiefs Kingdom are experiencing a revival of sorts and at the very least, a new beginning. The Chiefs have a new general manager in John Dorsey, a new coach in Andy Reid, and yes, a new quarterback in Smith.

There are questions surrounding Smith in regard to his ability to be “the guy”, but at the very least we know he has the talent, and the experience. He’s been the quarterback of a very good team in San Francisco, he’s tremendously accurate and also has underrated athleticism.

Smith has the ability to get the ball to the play-makers that surround him, but he can also make a few plays himself. Though he may not exclusively look to throw the ball deep, he does have a good arm, and so far, he appears to have taken a leadership role on this team.

Smith is set up to have success in Kansas City, but now he has to go out and do it.

Starting Sunday, the wins and losses count, and all this talk about new beginnings and new attitude will mean nothing if the Chiefs don’t turn this thing around and win in 2013.

That will depend on the arm and shoulder of Smith.

We saw last night how an elite quarterback can truly take over a game, and that’s the type of competition the Chiefs will be facing this year. Kansas City plays the Broncos and Manning twice in 2013, but other notable quarterbacks who will show up on the schedule include Eli Manning, Matt Schaub, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers.

Say what you will about the Chiefs’ special teams, defense or running game. Their success in 2013 will be a direct result of whether or not Smith can prove to be as good as, or better, than those quarterbacks.

Taking that thought even further: If the playoffs and Super Bowl are the eventual goals—which of course they are—than the fact of the matter is that eventually, Smith will have to prove himself to be on the same level as the Mannings, Rodgers and Bradys of the NFL.

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The standard is truly set high, but in order to win in the NFL, that’s the standard you must have for the quarterback position.

Manning’s seven touchdowns last night were essentially a statement to the NFL, but a message was sent to Smith as well.

He’s going to have to step up and become an upper-echelon quarterback if the Chiefs want to find success in this new era of Kansas City football.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, John Dorsey, Peyton Manning

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  • kcpauly

    I think Smith is gonna surprise some people in a good way this year
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arrowhead Magic

    Smith is going to have a good year, and put a lot of doubts to rest about himself and this Chiefs team.
    And I know it’s highly unlikely but I would die laughing if Alex went out and tossed 8 TDs just to one up Manning. That would wipe the smug look off of Bronco’s fans everywhere.

    • Curtis

      Honestly, that would wipe the smug look off of fans across the league. I’m sick of hearing from fans of many teams how the Chiefs just got a mediocre QB. I have to ask myself if they’ve actually looked at his past 2 seasons of stats. I really hope Smith can wipe the smug look off of the faces of the 9ers fans who have been laughing since the Chiefs traded for Smith.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        He’s going to have to prove he can do it throwing more often in Reid’s offense.
        I think he can, but we’ll have to see. He’s got a solid corps of receivers, an elite runningback, and a reliable tight end to help him. Can’t wait to see what he cooks with all of this in his kitchen.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Manning had an incredible night. He also got to play a depleted Ravens defense in Mile High for the first game of the season. That’s a pretty big advantage. Alex Smith isn’t that guy. If anyone expects him to EVER throw 7 TD’s in a game, you can hang those hopes up now. It simply won’t happen. Fortunately for this team, we don’t need it to.

    • Justin Jones

      i think ur right about last night. Manning had something to prove after losing the play-off game and the ravens D just isnt what it was last year. not even close. it was a fired up mile high and a pissed Manning. lol not that he wont be tough all year but i dont think we will see THAT again this year.

      • Mortis5150

        Yeah I am a disgruntled Chiefs fan! I admit it! I am sick and damn tired of all of the defensive ends in the NFL giving Manning a light little smack on the pads instead of pile driving his ass into the turf!!!! Houston & Hali!!

    • Chiefswatch

      Perfectly said brother.

  • Lyle Graversen

    If there was one positive from that game it was that Manning showed the world that you can dismantle a defense without having elite arm strength. Most of Mannings passes were floated, not riffled. I’d go as far to say that Smith may have better arm strength than Manning at this point, Manning is just the master of putting the ball right in the perfect spot at the perfect time. If Smith can do that too, the Chiefs will be alright.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s the part of why I’m excited about what he can do in this offense.
      He’s great at finding the right guy and putting it on the numbers.

    • Bosco Cletus

      I agree 100%, his passes did float, more than once. Its also obvious to most everyone the defending champs were clueless in the secondary with their coverage’s and poor tackling, and Peyton exposed them for that to the fullest. That game didn’t tell me that the Broncos are invincible at all, take a few plays away and it was a competitive game.

    • Danny W

      Alex Smith isn’t even close to being that accurate Lyle. He’s not near as bad as Matt Cassel or any other quarterback since Trent Green but he’s no master by any means. I’m hoping for darn good journeyman. I would say Kurt Warner was a master at putting the ball where it needs to be and at the right time with little arm strength. Hopefully Smith can be a Rich Gannon type of guy. That should just about be good enough. I hope.

      • KCMikeG

        Peyton Manning has been in the lower to upper 60% range over his career. Alex Smith has been 61% and 70% over the last two years. That is pretty close in accuracy.

  • P Heitman

    I think Baltimore was exposed last night. They’ve simply lost too much.

    • niner559

      They had a major turn around and payed flacco at the expense of the rest of the team.

    • Danny W

      Peyton Manning looked good no matter how you spin it. He was hitting everyone with surgical accuracy. It was quarterbacking at it’s finest.

  • BurtGummer44

    Chiefs fans are about to learn over the of the course of the season just how mediocre Alice Smiff is. The only way Alice throws 7 TDs in 3 games (much less 1) is that the receivers are able to get a whole lot of YAC!. For Alice to toss a 70+ yd TD the receiver will have to run at least 65 yds. Dink and Dunk, Dink and Dunk followed by panic under pressure is what Alice brings to the Chiefs. On the plus side he won’t toss too many ints.

    • Michael Shaw

      Raider fans, sheesh!

      • BurtGummer44

        Nope, just not a Alice Smiff Homer.

        • Dfrey87

          You don’t have to be an AS11 homer to see the talent he has.

          • micah stephenson

            Huh? Wat talent? Alex Smith is a bum.

          • niner559

            LOL…what do i say micah? Bum’s don’t lead the league in completion percentage like alex was last year before concussion.

          • BurtGummer44

            David Carr once led the NFL in completion percentage. LOL!

          • KCMikeG

            How’s Geno looking? Besides injured and lost and running out of the back of the end zone – Duh. Worse thanSmith and Sanchez!

            Mark Sanchez42/28 366 yards 66.7% 8.7Y/A 2 TD 2INT QB rating 90.0
            Geno Smith 37/22 246 yards 59.5% 6.6Y/A 1TD 3INT QB rating 54.6

            Alex Smith 48/31 288 yards 64.5% 6Y/A, 1TD ZERO INT and QB rating 87.8

          • micah stephenson

            How many times do I have to tell yall. I don’t fuck with Geno Smith. Chiefs need to draft a young franchise QB and Geno Smith was the best rookie. We didn’t draft him so I’m on to next yrs rookie QBs. So I guess every yr yall gon b asking how is the best QB not drafted by the Chiefs do n. How can I tell you how Geno is playing when he hasn’t played a game yet? We didn’t draft Geno so I’m on to next yrs crop. If you u have a problem with me wanting the Chiefs to finally draft a 10 yr franchise QB then fine that’s ok. Quit wasting time wondering about Geno and start wondering when we the Chiefs are gone finally draft a franchise Qb.

          • KCMikeG

            So if you’re done with Geno and moved on why don’t you try doing the same with OUR QB? Alex Smith looked very good today! Lead us to victory with 2 TD’s NO Int’s 62% including 6 drops and a 94.4 QB rating. Hardly a “bum”.

          • micah stephenson

            He didnt look good to me. He looked very avg. Yall so use to looking at bad QB play that avg QB play looks good to ya. Every time Smith threw a hard pass I thought the poor boys arm was gone fall off. After 8 seasons of Alex Smith, u know what he got already and it ain’t enough. Still only seen 1 20 yard pass. We better not get n 3rd and long or behind n the game or else.

          • KCMikeG

            This isn’t just my opinion. The impartial broadcast booth repeatedly said what a great job, how accurate and what a great fit AS11 is for Reid’s offense. Might want to turn the volume up on your TV to hear what is happening.

          • micah stephenson

            He not a total bum. He just ok. He is an avg QB. Wat he did today a lot of QBs cud hav done

          • micah stephenson

            He didn’t lead us to victory. The defense did that. He game managed us to victory. There is a difference.

    • Vaughn Morris

      Hey Burt….your last name says it all. GUMMER lol

      • BurtGummer44

        You’re not the brightest bulb, that’s for sure.

        • Dfrey87

          Yea and obviously neither are you when the facts are right in front of your face and you still deny them. Then of course there was your first comment, it’s obvious you think the only way to win is to throw 70 yard bombs all game. Another example of how you lack any knowledge of football.

          • micah stephenson

            No. Burt knows you need a big time QB to win nowdays and Alice Smith is not him.

          • Vchiefsfan

            So by your logic then, Joe Flacco is a big time QB? The Ravens did win the Superbowl. And if he is such a big time QB, why did the Ravens lose to the Broncos?

          • BurtGummer44

            Because Peyton Manning, who is probably the greatest Regular Season QB in history, threw 7. It’s hard to win when the opposing QB lights the D up for 49 pts.

          • micah stephenson

            Becuase P.Manning is > J.Flacco.

          • BurtGummer44

            Stupid is as stupid writes, and you write a whole lot of stupid. The New NFL is all about passing, no not 70 yds every play but the Defense has to fear that which means you have to at least attempt one here and there. In case you’re stuck in the 90s the rules have changed to facilitate the passing game.

          • Dfrey87

            We have gone through this same conversation before and I proved you wrong with AS11 deep ball stats. Your exactly write stupid is, is stupid writes. You pegged your self better than I could.

          • BurtGummer44

            Obviously you’re either too stupid to comprehend the complicated stats presented at the Advanced NFL Stats site or too sexually hung up on Alice Smiff. Or it could be both. Retarded and Gay………what a combo.

          • KCMikeG

            Nice Burtrice. Maybe you could call him some more names to prove just how smart you are.

          • BurtGummer44

            You are appearantly incapable of recognizing reality as on the NFL Advanced Stats site Alice Smiff is 39th in % of passes over 15 yards. The only one writing stupid is You….stupid.

          • KCMikeG

            What possible difference could the number of yards in the air the ball travels have to do with the total yards of the play? Do we get extra credit if the WR doesn’t have to run as far with the ball in his hands? To constantly complain about going deep is ignorant of the offensive system we are running and what the coaches are calling. BURTRICE being able to rag on his own team for enjoyment is way more important than understanding our offense.

    • Dfrey87

      Just like always you obviously don’t have a clue about football and obviously didn’t watch the game. First off and NFL network echoed this statement, PM didn’t have any throw past 30 yards deep in the air everything else was YAC. I guess you would have known that if you actually would have watched. AS11 has not looked paniced under pressure once this year. Dude, your hate red for AS11 has made you delusional. You won’t even admit it when the facts are shoved in your face.

      • Chiefswatch

        You assume that Thomas, that Gates like TE and Welker wont get YAC on us? LOL

      • BurtGummer44

        What’s delusional are the AlexSexual fans. It’s almost like Tebow, where a mediocre QB has this weird cult following. I don’t hate Alice Smiff as a person, hell he’s probably the luckiest guy in the NFL. He was drafted #1 and about 50 or 60 spots too soon in a weak QB draft and then he’s traded for way too much in year with a weak QB draft . He stunk up NFL fields for 6 years until Harbaugh comes along and plays up to his limited skills and now delusional ALexSexuals have the guy as the League MVP, taking the Chiefs to the SB, and being inducted into the HOF. When anyone who looks at his play with any kind of objectiveness can see there are at least 20 better QBs in the League today.

        • niner559

          Name them including supporting data…

          • BurtGummer44

            Just go to the Advanced NFL stats page and you’ll see he was ranked 22nd last year. But, judging by your handle you’re one of those AlexSexual fans who’ve come over to Chiefs Sites to tell us how we’re so blessed to get the greatest QB of all time! LMAO, you guys are more pathetic than TEBOW fans!

            http://wp.advancednflstats.com/playerstats.php?year=2012&pos=QB&season=all

          • niner559

            Now that tells it all. I feel stupid. The niners were 6-2 when alex got injured. The niners were 13-3 in 2011. There are tons of stats out there TD%, INT%, QB Rating, CMP%, etc, etc. How about win percentage? Game time situation, supporting cast, play calling, etc, etc. But i’m not here to tell you, that you got the greatest QB of all time, that’s just not true (joe montana). But I’m not going to tell you that alex has no skills either, that’s your lie. Alex smith is a very intelligent QB that has a ton of skills. He gets the whole team involved, but not fantasy numbers. Let’s not pretend that he is a bum… and your childish rants are really what is pathetic.

          • BurtGummer44

            He’s the 22nd best QB in the league……….Get over it!

          • Dfrey87

            Your comparing his season of eight games compared to everyone else’s whole season, you really are stupid.

          • BurtGummer44

            Man, you’re stupid. I didn’t compare anything the Advanced NFL Stats website does and for all QBs. I’ve shot Graboids smarter than you.

          • KCMikeG

            His point Burtrice is you are using a reference source for comparison while ignoring that Alex Smith only played nine full games while the other QB’s played 16. Try stepping back into reality when you’re done shooting your imaginary big game.

        • Dfrey87

          No one once said any of that. Your more of a retard than I thought. Really alexsexual fans? Wow dude, ha ha ha ha. Your football knowledge that was in question before, isn’t anymore. It’s obvious you have no clue comparing AS11 to Tebow, really? There is a niners fan calling you out telling how wrong you are, he’s seen it first hand.

          • BurtGummer44

            Maybe you can explain why morons like you get so hung up a mediocre QBs like Tebow and Alice Smiff. It’s a phenomenon that I surely don’t comprehend.

    • Chiefswatch

      I dont question that bro. I just know if we aren’t turning the ball over every other play it won’t matter much. We have the squad that can carry Alex Smith. They just can’t carry a QB that fumbles, throws interceptions and it all together a retard.

      • Danny W

        Yeah a quarterback like Smith should be six extra wins with the defense and special teams we have. He won’t ever look like Brees Manning Rodgers or Brady true. I think we can get by with a Rich Gannon style of guy. Hopefully Smith can be at least that.

    • niner559

      Changing alex smith’s name to “alice smiff” is kind of childish, imo. Obviously alex can throw a ball farther than 5 yards. If fact, he is quiet good at the 20-30 yard mid range pass. To go further, vernon davis was the recipient of some very nice long seam passes while alex was a niner. But, alex is not going to throw 7 TD’s in a game, but manning isn’t going to do it again either. What I saw was a raven’s defense that was confused and gave up. Besides, does it matter if the receiver runs the ball in or if the QB throws it across the end line? A TD is a TD.

    • Danny W

      He gets sacked a lot too because of his in ability to make all the throws.

  • Jeremy Cates

    I think that Chiefs defense needs to grow a reputation of bringing the pain when they hit a QB. I guarantee if the Chiefs hit Peyton hard at the beginning of a game he will play different.

    • Michael Shaw

      Gotta get to him first!!

    • Chiefswatch

      Too bad the NFL fucked us making Denver games all at the end of the season. We need to wait forever for this match up.

  • Joe Myers

    Look the Broncos and what payton did means nothing to smith and the chiefs boint blank !!!! . Jacksonville is the only thing the chiefs are thinking about !!!! Not to mention our defense is waaaaaay better the the ravens I’m sure built to take on the Broncos so lets go !!!! . And the return od the special teams remember what hall did !!!!! A few times . We have a lot of football between now and denver calm down !!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    This doesn’t mean much because if you look at the list of guys who have thrown 7 td’s, how many if them went in to win the Super Bowl? People are already crowning these clowns as champs after one game. It’s a long season and if somebody doesn’t pop Peyton in his neck then he will choke on his own in the playoffs like he always does.

    • Aaron

      I agree! And as I do agree above that the donkeys were intimidating last night, Baltimores D did not pass rush him at all so he had all the time in the world. Our D is the key factor and the rest will gain momentum, I have complete faith that AS will get the job done.

  • Daniel Alvarado

    Ravens scored almost 30 points on the broncos defense…….stopping manning is key

    • Danny W

      Your exactly right. Hitting him early and often is key.

  • gonzangkc1

    Chiefs fan living in Denver. I’m a bronco season tix holder I goto games when the chiefs aren’t playing at the same time. What I saw last night was scary 4 veteran WR’s and Payton tossing the rock but Payton still can’t play in the cold as I saw live when ravens won last year playoff game. And Denver has Zero running game. Chiefs will give Denver a run for AFC west title if they run the ball and control clock and play “old school” chiefs defense. Ps I’m still on the campaign of signing Brandon Llloyd even more now. GO CHIEFS! Daddy put $1000 on you to win Superbowl at 50-1 odds :)

  • airrmedia

    Alex Smith will be a top 10 quarterback this year. He is in a great offensive system and Andy Reid knows how to coach his Qbs.

    • micah stephenson

      Alex Smith will b in the bottom ten of QBs.

      • niner559

        LOL…bottom 10? He will be top 10 in completion percentage, between 5-15 in TD’s, and top 5 in least amount of INT’s. Save this, because it is crazy accurate…

        • BurtGummer44

          Completion % means next to nothing especially when you mostly throw safe dump offs, 5-15 TDs is quite a range from mediocrity and when you almost never challenge a Defense having the least INTs isn’t all that impressive.

          • Danny W

            True. Least amount of INT’s would mean not that many chances taken, safe passes and plenty of sacks have been Alex Smith’s MO.

  • Shawn Scott O’Sullivan

    Ludacris idiocy, Peyton just played one of the 3 worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and a team that had a truly lackluster offense in the second half, when manning threw most of his TDs due to ample time on the field. Also, you don’t see it much from reigning super bowl winners but those guys quit trying out there early in the 3rd. Manning’s 460 yards and 7 TD’s are not as good as everyone thinks. Smith is gonna throw for 4001 yards just you watch.

    • Chiefswatch

      No he won’t and to discount Peyton Manning is retarded. The guy sees the field unlike any in the game and his accuracy is silly how good it is. Yes Baltimore was way outmatched but we stand no chance of winning the west.

      • Danny W

        If he plays like that theres no way we beat them twice. I think he’s prone to have a bad game though in the cold, and if we can take advantage of that we can beat them once. Twice I just don’t see happening unless Manning get’s injured.

        • Chiefswatch

          I am not so much talking about beating them head up, which I think is unlikely, I am talking about winning more games than them. They are going to have the best record in the AFC I am fairly certain.

          • Danny W

            If he plays like that then it’s gonna be real tough to beat the donkeys.

    • micah stephenson

      No way Smith throws for 4000 yards. Never.

      • niner559

        Then don’t draft him for your fantasy team. What I’m looking for is playoff games not fantasy points…

        • Kris Tian Lawrence

          Haha, I have Peyton on my fantasy team along with his little brother…. he did help me there this week.

      • Danny W

        I’d say 4000 is a stretch but not impossible in the right system. Peyton Manning he is not though.

    • Danny W

      Idiocy is not giving Peyton Manning credit for a game like that. The guy is probably the best quarterback outside of Aaron Rodgers in the whole league. He’s right up there with the best of all time. He’s much more accurate and football smart than Alex Smith will ever dream about being. I recommend watching the game, watch his footwork when you do. Watch his release and then watch were the football hits his receivers. It’s a pretty flawless game. I’m a Chiefs fan through and through but I know a good quarterback when I see one. Peyton Manning is definitely one.

  • Chiefswatch

    Alex Smith will never be one of those QBs. His stats might look nice, 30 and 10 or something but don’t kid yourself we will only win a Superbowl by breaking the mold of needing a super elite QB. We will win on the legs of Jamaal Charles, YAC, and a special defense. We will not win by simply outscoring the other team.

    • micah stephenson

      A.Smith has never thrown 30 tds in a season so why you think he will now?

      • niner559

        Coaching and supporting cast.

  • Kris Tian Lawrence

    Thanks for the photo of Alex Smith with Aaron Rodgers the top two quarterbacks taken in the 2005 draft… Aaron was projected as high as 1st but likely 2nd thru 10th I remember clearly… and he just kept falling to my other favorite team… ironic photo, my two favorite teams with top round talent from an old draft mind you, but still pretty epic looking.

  • Danny W

    Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks to lace up sneakers. His team is going to be a tough out for sure. If we can get some offense generated against them and hit Manning to shake his rhythm we may have a chance. If he plays like he did the other night we’re probably toast. No one can cover as well as the passes he makes, they’re too accurate.

  • micah stephenson

    He didn’t “LEAD” us to victory. The defense led us, Smith merly game managed us to victory.

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