Sunday, August 25, 2013
Alex Smith gives Chiefs what they need
By Bill Williamson
Random thoughts from the Kansas City Chiefs’ 26-20 overtime win at Pittsburgh on Saturday night:
A week after he sagged against his former team, San Francisco, new Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith was terrific in the most important preseason game of the summer. Smith was 17-of-24 passing for 158 yards and he added a 38-yard run. I think people forget that about Smith. He can make things happen with his feet.
It was the type of performance the Chiefs are looking for from Smith. He played smart, ball-control football. Smith was good in the Chiefs’ preseason opener at New Orleans and he had a strong camp. The Chiefs have to be feeling great about him as the season opener at Jacksonville looms in two weeks.
Smith’s backup, Chase Daniel, also played well as he led the overtime win.
The Chiefs’ unbelievable summer on special teams continued. Rookie running back Knile Davis had a 109-yard kickoff return for a score. Last week, Quintin Demps returned a kick 104 yards for a score. The Chiefs had success in the return game in the preseason opener as well. Also, Saturday night, the Chiefs blocked a Pittsburgh field-goal attempt. As a unit, the Kansas City special teams has been brilliant in all three preseason games. New coach Dave Toub is making a huge difference. That type of work on special teams can win some games in the regular season.
Receiver A.J. Jenkins played some Saturday night. He was targeted once, but he didn’t have a catch. He was acquired in a deal with San Francisco for fellow former first-round pick Jon Baldwin. Jenkins was San Francisco’s first-round pick last year. He didn’t have a catch as a rookie.
Kansas City’s pass-rush continued to excel. The Chiefs had five sacks against the Steelers.
Starting receivers Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery each had six catches.
Kansas City’s offensive line wasn’t great for the second straight game. It allowed five sacks.
Reserve receivers Rico Richardson (who caught eh game winner) and Junior Hemingway helped their causes with touchdown catches.