Chiefs, Alex Smith turn attention to Eagles

KC QB named AFC offensive player of the week

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 win last week at New England. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith had one of his best games as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs last week in the team’s 42-27 win at New England.


Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and was named AFC offensive player of the week. But to Smith, stats aren’t anywhere near what’s most important.

“I know that stats are really popular, that people look into that stuff,” Smith said Wednesday at the team’s training facility. “But there’s a lot of games where you walk out of and you feel great and maybe you played lights-out, but the numbers didn’t match it but you did everything you could to help the team win. So I don’t necessarily look at the stat line, but I think there’s a lot more to it.”

Smith is now 42-20 as the team’s starting quarterback as he led the team to a decisive victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. Still, the veteran Smith isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I think you play long enough, you realize how quickly things can change,” he said. “One week, everybody’s raving about you, and how quickly it can flip if you drink the Kool-Aid. I think you’ve got to be careful with that.

“I’ve played long enough where I’ve seen teams that are playing really good and feeling so good about themselves and they walk in the next week and get smacked in the mouth.”

The Chiefs (1-0) are hoping that doesn’t happen to them when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener at noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Eagles (1-0) defeated the Washington Redskins 30-17 on the road as Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and the Eagles recorded four sacks on defense — two by defensive end Brandon Graham.

“The whole D-line jumps out,” Smith said. “They’re athletic up front, their linebackers are really good players as well, very fast. They’re a good test. Certainly that D-line makes everything speed up.”

How the Chiefs handle the Eagles pressure will be key, but Smith said it’s not just on the offensive line to do their part.

“It’s everybody,” Smith said. “We obviously have to give them a lot of attention up front. Everybody in the passing game has to be on it. Timing becomes so important and you got to get the ball out of the pocket. It’s really on everybody.”

But Smith, of course, drives the team’s offense, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid is hoping to see more of the same.

“I just want Alex to be Alex, that’s all,” Reid said. “We’ve added stuff, which we do every year. The more he’s been in it, the more input he’s had. I feel very comfortable with his suggestions on things. That’s all part of the relationship and having the trust in each other.”



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