Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has gone above and beyond this season and still has plenty more to surprise us with. After soundly defeating the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders the past two weeks with a combined 60-point margin of victory, the Chiefs will play at home for their Week 16 game against the the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chiefs have already guaranteed an AFC Wild Card playoff slot for themselves and are tied for first place in the AFC West. But Smith has made it known that he has found his groove and will be leading his team all the way. Smith and the Chiefs offense got off to a shaky start earlier in the season, but now Kansas City looks more fine-tuned and synced up than they have in a long time. They look the part and are playing together like a real championship team. Smith was a key factor in the Chiefs’ 9-0 start to this current NFL season and continues to prove himself an important piece in their offensive system.
Smith has shunned the “game manager” designation he’d received by the media and shown he can really earn his keep. He set a new game record for himself with five touchdowns against the Raiders Sunday – he completed 17 of his 20 passes for 287 yards and no interceptions. And it’s not just about his numbers, either. He’s been dead on point these past couple of games and quicker than ever getting the ball out of his hands.
Smith is a menace, and the Chiefs are back on the winning track again after three weeks of disappointing losses to division rivals the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. Kansas City is getting primed and fired up at the perfect moment and will be a team to be reckoned with in the postseason.
The Chiefs will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and that is largely due to Smith’s stellar quarterbacking. He has gradually turned into the quarterback everyone wants on their team. And opposing teams in the playoffs had best plan to reckon with him and the Chiefs offense.