Alex Smith Was In Command
The Kansas City Chiefs had intended to give Alex Smith the entire first quarter to get back up to speed. He only needed the first drive. Smith went a very solid 3/4 for 36 yards on the opening drive to set the Chiefs up for a touchdown. It was an efficient drive where Smith did almost all of the things we like about him.
Alex Smith spread the ball around, hitting tight ends Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis for solid gains. However, the play that everyone will remember was an excellent throw on the run where he hit Jeremy Maclin for a 20 yard gain on a play that highlighted the connection the two veterans have formed. It was the most Alex Smith thing you could imagine (in the good way).
The Chiefs, as an organization, have rallied around Alex Smith. He has responded with some of the best play of his career, and appears to be winning over even some of his most ardent detractors. If he has another quality year, the Chiefs should absolutely be in Super Bowl contention. So this was an auspicious start to that.
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