KCKansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith
Dec 14: Smith completed 18-of-30 passes for a season-high 297 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders, also rushing three times for 17 yards. Smith completed the Chiefs' longest pass of the season Sunday as well, a 70-yard touchdown pass to Knile Davis. Of the 70 yards, 65 came after the catch, however, as the defender covering Davis slipped and left him open. He also completed a 48-yard pass to the emerging Albert Wilson and has now surpassed 290 yards passing two straight weeks, after failing to reach the mark in the first 12 games of the season. He will have a favorable matchup next week against a Steelers defense that allowed 310 yards through the air against the Falcons, who were playing without Julio Jones.

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Dec 7: Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, with one touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 17-14 loss at Arizona. He also added four carries for 26 yards. Smith didn't play poorly, although his shortcomings as a passer -- namely his ineffectiveness as a downfield thrower -- were evident in the final minute of the game, with the Chiefs needing a field goal to tie. The veteran QB did utilize Travis Kelce more than ever, as the duo hooked up seven times for 110 yards, but he and the Chiefs' coaching staff should have figured out that Kelce was their best receiving option a long time ago. In any event, Smith will face the Raiders at home next week.

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Nov 30: Smith completed 15-of-23 passes for 153 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, in Sunday's 29-16 loss to the Broncos. Smith took six sacks and added five carries for six yards, while Jamaal Charles had his worst rushing game since Week 2, producing 35 yards from just 10 totes. The Chiefs only ran 44 offensive plays, as the Broncos piled up 214 yards on the ground, led by C.J. Anderson. Smith relied on his typical array of short passes, and while his accuracy was decent, the Chiefs went just 1-of-9 on third downs. Smith and his teammates draw another tough matchup in Week 14, facing the Cardinals in Arizona.

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Nov 20: Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 234 yards, with two touchdowns and no interception in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders. He added five yard on two carries. This is one of the better stat lines you'll see from Smith, but he didn't actually play one of his better games. While the lack of aggressive downfield throws is to be expected at this point, Smith typically does well with his composure in the pocket and short accuracy, both of which were problems for most of Thursday's game. Even in leading the Chiefs to back-to-back touchdown drives to tie the game, Smith mostly just hit wide-open receivers on botched coverages by the Oakland defense. The Chiefs may need another 35+ pass attempts from Smith next week against the Broncos, but that doesn't change the reality of his limited weekly ceiling.

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Nov 16: Smith completed 11 of 16 passes for a season-low 108 yards Sunday against the Seahawks. The Chiefs got significant production in the running game, with Jamaal Charles racking up 159 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, though Smith was held to minus-1 yard on two carries. Smith has now failed to reach 200 yards in three straight games, while failing to account for a touchdown in back-to-back contests. He'll look to break through Thursday against a Raiders defense ranked 18th against the pass this season.

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Nov 9: Smith completed 17 of 29 passes for 177 yards and ran four times for 25 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bills. Smith's touchdown came with 8:59 left in the game to put the Chiefs up for good after trailing 13-3 heading into the fourth quarter. The score was his first on the ground this season and came one week after he failed to record even a single rushing yard. Smith has thrown for fewer than 200 yards in back-to-back games, and he isn't likely headed for a breakout in Week 6 against a Seahawks defense ranked sixth in the NFL against the pass this season.

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Nov 2: Smith (shoulder) completed 21-of-31 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Jets. Smith suffered a right shoulder strain last Sunday against the Rams, but didn't appear to be bothered by it at all, connecting with nine different receivers, including touchdowns to tight ends Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano, though the latter's score was a bit fluky as it went off a Jets' defender's hand and fell right to Fasano, who was on the ground, caught the ball, and stretched for the score. Smith ended a three-game streak of passing for fewer than two touchdowns, though he's only reached the 250-yard mark once this season (Week 2 against the Broncos when he had 255). Up next is a Week 10 trip to Buffalo to face a Bills defense that's ranked 12th in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed per game and leads the league with 12 interceptions.

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Nov 2: Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets. Smith suffered a right shoulder strain during last Sunday's win over the Rams, but he practiced fully this week and will take on a Jets defense that has allowed a league-high 22 passing touchdowns so far this season.

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Oct 31: Smith (shoulder) practiced fully Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Chiefs' official site reports. Smith -- who has a 9:4 TD:INT ratio to date -- looks good to go for Sunday's game and working in his favor is that the 1-7 Jets have surrendered a league-high 22 passing TDs thus far.

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Oct 29: Smith (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday, the Chiefs' official site reports. Smith thus appears headed for a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Jets, who have surrendered a league-high 22 passing TDs to date.

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Oct 29: Smith (shoulder) will practice Wednesday, BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com reports. Smith's level of participation has yet to be clarified, but his presence Wednesday -- in any capacity -- is a good sign that the shoulder sprain the QB suffered in Week 8 is not likely to prevent him from starting Sunday's game against the Jets.

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Oct 27: Coach Andy Reid relayed Monday that Smith suffered a right shoulder strain in Sunday's win over the Rams, BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com reports. Reid suggested that the signal caller should be fine as Week 9's game against the Jets approaches, though he did note Monday that Smith's throwing shoulder "is a little tender," so it wouldn't surprise us to see the QB limited once the Chiefs return to practice.

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Oct 26: Smith completed 24-of-28 passes for 226 yards in Sunday's 34-7 win over the Rams. He also added 24 yards rushing on four carries and lost one of his two fumbles. Smith was at his low-risk best on Sunday, in terms of taking care of the football and being accurate with his passes, but the conservative approach resulted in no passing touchdowns and a rather lackluster fantasy day. He gets another outstanding matchup next week against the Jets, which should hopefully result in more touchdowns, but his upside will continue to be capped by the Chiefs' grind-it-out, don't-make-mistakes philosophy.

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Oct 19: Smith completed 19-of-28 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 win at San Diego. He also ran six times for 29 yards. Smith looked sharp, after Kansas City's bye in Week 6, completing 68 percent of his passes while posting a solid 7.9 YPA. He was starting to pick up the touchdown pace, with seven in his previous three games, but the Chiefs scored only twice as a team Sunday. In Week 8, he'll face a St. Louis squad that has allowed over 300 passing yards to Colin Kapernick and Russell Wilson in back-to-back weeks.

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Oct 5: Smith completed 17-of-31 passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 22-17 loss at San Francisco. He also added one carry for six yards. Smith played relatively well, throwing scores to emerging TE Travis Kelce and rookie RB De'Anthony Thomas, but couldn't lead a comeback in the closing minutes of the game. The veteran signal caller has tossed eight touchdowns in the last three games, and has looked sharp in general this season, completing 64 percent of his pass attempts, while also showing underrated athleticism as a runner (18 carries for 109 yards). He's got a bye next week, before traveling to San Diego for an AFC West showdown in Week 7.

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Sep 29: Smith completed 20-of-26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in Monday's 41-14 win over the Patriots. Smith turned in a nearly flawless performance, and the Patriots were steamrolled by Kansas City's running game. Those two things are closely related, as he got to do most of his passing in favorable situations, against a defense that was worried about its continued inability to stop the run. Though he has six touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two games, Smith seems to be on track for a season similar to what he produced last year. Even with the emergence of TE Travis Kelce, Smith doesn't figure to throw a ton of passes, except when the Chiefs are in catch-up mode.

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Sep 21: Smith completed 19-of-25 passes for 186 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's win at Miami. It wasn't all perfect, as Smith was sacked five times, and lost a fumble. Still, it was a nice bounce-back performance after last week's touchdownless outing. It remains to be seen if Jamaal Charles (ankle) will play in Week 4, but Knile Davis ran for over 100 yards Sunday, and Smith made the most of unheralded weapons, throwing a pair of scores to Joe McKnight.

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Sep 14: Smith completed 26-of-42 passes for 255 yards with no touchdowns in Sunday's 24-17 loss at Denver. He did not turn the ball over, and rushed for 42 yards on five carries. Smith kept Kansas City in the game, with his usual dinking and dunking, although he did find young tight end Travis Kelce down the field a couple of times. It looked like Smith might force overtime late in regulation, but his fourth-down pass from a couple of yards away fell incomplete. Even though Smith didn't account for any touchdowns, he did help fantasy owners out with his rushing ability for the second straight week.

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Sep 7: Smith struggled in Sunday's 26-10 loss to Tennessee, completing just 19-of-35 passes for 202 yards. He tossed one touchdown and was intercepted three times. Smith did contribute 36 yards on the ground, but it was a relatively ugly performance at home. He was missing one of his top wide receivers in Dwayne Bowe, and Kansas City curiously gave Jamaal Charles just 11 touches. In any event, Smith is going to have to play much better in Week 2, as he'll have his hands full with Denver on the road.

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Aug 31: Smith has agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension with the Chiefs, the Kansas City Star reports. With Smith set to become a free agent after the season, the Chiefs will lock him up for the next four years. The deal guarantees Smith $45 million, with the remaining $23 million based upon certain bonuses, most of which are probably tied to his production. While questions remain regarding Smith's ability to lead a contending team, he's coming off of a season in which he threw for 23 touchdowns and a career-best 3,313 yards. Thus far in the preseason, Smith is 31-of-51 for 286 yards and two picks.

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Aug 26: Smith will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. The Chiefs will not play any starters in Thursday's game, so Chase Daniel will get the start at quarterback in place of Smith. Smith will be back under center when the Chiefs kick off the regular season Sept. 7 against the Titans.

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Aug 24: Smith completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards with two picks in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings. He also picked up 21 yards on the ground via three carries. Smith only threw seven interceptions all of last season, so Saturday's picks, both of which occurred with the Chiefs inside the Minnesota 20-yard line, are noteworthy. Of course, the Chiefs' offense was operating Saturday without star running back Jamaal Charles and receivers Dwayne Bowe and Junior Hemingway. It remains to be seen if Smith will see any action in the Chiefs' exhibition finale Thursday, but given that the team's starters have failed to score a touchdown in 16 possessions this preseason, it's plausible that they could see some additional tune-up reps in that contest.

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Aug 18: Smith completed 14-of-22 passes for 127 yards and ran one time for nine yards during Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers. Smith played the entire first half but didn't seem to have any real chemistry with receivers not-named Dwayne Bowe. That will be an issue heading into the season, as Bowe, who caught five passes on six targets for 62 yards (all from Smith), is suspended for the first game of the season. With Jamaal Charles (foot) sitting this one out, Smith threw the ball more than he normally does, so owners shouldn't look at the stat line and start thinking that Smith is going to start throwing 44 times per game.

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Aug 15: Smith is being encouraged by the Chiefs to attempt more downfield passes, ESPN.com reports. Smith was largely conservative last season, as the team's leading receiver was running back Jamaal Charles. This led to Smith throwing only seven interceptions, but the Chiefs were dominated by their opponents in terms of pass plays of 20 yards or greater. Andy Reid and company hope for this to change this season, as they will encourage their quarterback to take more chances on deep balls than in years past. If this holds true at the onset of the regular season, both Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe may see more opportunities for big plays down the field.

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May 6: The Chiefs' negotiations with Smith on a long-term contract extension are reportedly not going well, ESPN.com reports. Smith, who will turn 30 on Wednesday, is on track to become a free agent after the 2014 season. While the Chiefs are clearly interested in extending his deal, Smith is presumably looking for a lucrative contract coming off a 2013 campaign in which he threw for a career-high 3,313 yards in 15 games, while recording 23 TD passes against seven picks. With the state of the team's negotiations with Smith in mind, the report suggests that the Chiefs remain open to drafting a QB in the first round of this week's NFL draft.

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