Oct 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks on during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Smith is complimenting the great defense with efficiency as he now has thrown 253 passes without an interception breaking Steve DeBerg’s record in 1990. That’s Smith’s game. He’s not going to wow you with arm strength throwing lasers down the field for touchdowns, what he will do however is take care of the ball and just take what the defense gives him.
The character of this Chiefs team could be compared to their neighbors at Kaufman Stadium. The Royals didn’t win with style points, they didn’t do the things often that most fans find appealing like hitting lots of home runs and scoring lots of runs. What the Royals did and what the Chiefs are doing now is relying defense and offensively being efficient enough to score more points than the opposition.
Kansas City doesn’t have a quarterback that strikes fear in the heart of opposing defenses. However, if the Chiefs have a lead in the fourth quarter rest assured the opposing defense is concerned with Smith not likely to turn the ball over. Where we are often critical of Smith not taking risks, this once viewed flaw turns into a blessing when Kansas City has a lead late in the game.
When you look at Kansas City’s remaining schedule below, you have to imagine that this style of play will remain successful against all six of these opponents. The Bills are ranked 22nd in total offense, the Raiders are 12th, Chargers 5th, Baltimore 11th, and Cleveland 27th.
Where Kansas City can get into trouble is when they play high-powered offenses that can score 21 or more points this Chiefs defense. Smith’s record lifetime when his defense gives up 21 points a game is currently 7-41-1.
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