Kansas City Chiefs Will Need Alex Smith to Remain Rock-Steady
Perfection is the goal for the Kansas City Chiefs as they head into week 11 of the 2013 NFL season. Perfection, in terms of their record, is what the Chiefs have achieved thus far this season as they sit at 9-0. Perfection will be tested to the greatest lengths that it has all season on Sunday Night Football when Kansas City meets up with the Denver Broncos.
Had the Broncos not faltered against the Indianapolis Colts earlier in the season, this would be a matchup that features two unbeaten teams. Even with a blemish on Denver’s record, though, the Chiefs and the Broncos are unquestionably among the league’s elite this season and should make up an incredible game.
For Kansas City, the story this week is largely going to be about their defense. Their defensive unit has been one of the best overall in the league this season and they are the sixth best pass defense in the league in terms of yards allowed per game. Going up against Peyton Manning and company, that’s obviously an area of the game to keep an eye on.
However, there should also be plenty of eyes on the Chiefs’ passing attack of their own. Much of Kansas City’s offensive success this season has come through Jamaal Charles and the ground attack, but the addition of Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid has taken their passing game from a detriment last season to a serviceable weapon this year.
Smith has only thrown for 1,919 yards and nine touchdowns this season, but the most important part of his offense in KC is the fact that he’s limited turnovers, throwing only four picks on the season. That allows their elite defense to shine and not get tired by being on the field unnecessarily.
The Broncos pass defense hasn’t been good this season, but if Smith can continue to work at least decently and hang onto the ball for the Chiefs, it will greatly improve the team’s chances. Their passing attack is far from perfect, but it’s been enough to get them to perfection thus far.
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