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Krasuski: Chiefs — once again — owe their perfect record to Alex Smith

Another stunning performance by the Kansas City Chiefs left them in the league’s top spot with a perfect record after a 42-34 victory in Houston on Sunday night.

Quarterback Alex Smith played another dynamic and powerful game, completing passes to 10 different Chiefs receivers. Smith completed 29-of-37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

Largely considered a mediocre play caller in seasons past, Smith has stepped up and displayed commanding accuracy in virtually all of his appearances this season.

Smith’s statistics speak volumes: 1,391 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions have put him in the running for league MVP. Going beyond numbers, however, is where the true talent and prowess has emerged in creative play calling and confident deep passing.

Kansan columnist Kelly Britton says the electrifying start that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has gotten off to this season is the best he’s played while with the team. 

Despite tight end Travis Kelce’s absence with a possible concussion and running back Kareem Hunt’s uncharacteristically average performance, the Chiefs were still able to tally 42 points and take home another win.

“I’ve got some good teammates, some good coaches making me look good,” Smith said on Sunday’s NFL Network’s show “GameDay Prime.”

One of the most interesting facets of the Chiefs’ success this season is their efficiency in every aspect of the game.

“I think this year I feel like we are a more complete team, all three phases,” Smith said. “I feel like we can win a game a lot of different ways.”

To Smith’s credit, that has been the case. Each victory this season has been a bit different, whether it’s been a result of Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill running circles around the opposing defense, linebacker Justin Houston obliterating an offensive line or Kelce making big plays and subsequently dancing in the end zone.

Kansan columnist Logan Fricks says Patrick Mahomes’ athletic ability and willingness to throw deep passes are reasons why Andy Reid should consider starting the Chiefs rookie quarterback over Alex Smith down the road.  

This team has earned its spot at the top of the league due to its incredible flexibility and willingness to win under any circumstance.

It’s evident that the Chiefs have rediscovered their mojo after a disappointing postseason loss in January. This team has everything going for them, and from the looks of it, they won’t falter anytime soon.  

The Chiefs (5-0) will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) next Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. 

Source: The Kansan

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