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Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Kelce should be fine for a nice matchup with the Chargers. Alex Smith may have to funnel targets his way if Jeremy Maclin has trouble with shutdown CB Jason Verrett.
Posted by Andy Rioux
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 1:13pm
Week 19 at New England
Often called a game manager, Alex Smith proved again that is not always a bad thing in Kansas City’s 30-0 demolition of Houston during the opening weekend of the playoffs. Smith’s safe play, outside of one interception, was a stark contrast to Houston’s Brian Hoyer, who was committing turnovers at a frantic pace. Nevertheless, Smith’s numbers would have been much better had he not overthrown a wide-open Albert Wilson on a sure touchdown pass. Alex finished with 190 passing yards and one touchdown pass, while adding 27 yards on the ground.
In a 2014 Monday night game against the Patriots, Smith threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns against a better secondary than New England has now. That was also before the Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin. Factoring in those considerations, you would think Alex might have a nice day in the Northeast. But the Patriots have way more playoff seasoning than the Chiefs and Maclin was injured in the victory over Houston. If Maclin misses the game or is merely a decoy, Smith’s chances of success drop considerably. Given that, and the fact that so many superstar quarterbacks are going to be in action this weekend, Smith is rightfully low in the rankings.
2015 Strength of Schedule - KC
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats