Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Chiefs' Alex Smith
By Adam Teicher
A weekly analysis of the Chiefs' quarterback play:
Rewind: Alex Smith had season highs in passing yards (288) and touchdowns (three) in the Chiefs' 31-7 win over the New York Giants, but he also threw a pair of interceptions, his first of the season. Smith took more shots down the field in the passing game and was rewarded. The Chiefs had five pass plays of 20 yards or more. Still, his passer rating was his lowest of the season and his Total QBR was second lowest.
Fast-forward: This could be another messy game for Smith on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are sixth in the league in sacks per opponent pass attempt, so they can put pressure on the quarterback. Cornerback Alterraun Verner is tied for the league lead in interceptions with four, so Smith needs to be aware of his whereabouts at all times.
Don't blame him: The two interceptions against the Giants weren't Smith's fault. On the first one, Dwayne Bowe ran a lazy slant route and allowed the Giants cornerback to beat him to the ball. On the second, Smith's throw was slightly behind Jamaal Charles and Charles deflected the ball into the air. He accidentally kicked it on his way to the ground and it then went into the possession of a Giants defender.
Prediction: Smith's passing attempts and completions have been within a narrow range in the first four games of the season, and there's no reason to believe that will change against Tennessee. Look for Smith to go 23-of-39 for 260 yards, a pair of touchdowns and another interception, this one being his fault.