Alex Smith of the Chiefs is proving again that he’s a quarterback adept at playing to his strengths.
The Chiefs (8-5) will bring a seven-game winning streak into M&T Bank Stadium when they face the Ravens on Sunday. And Smith’s play has been a major part of the Chiefs’ turnaround.
Over the last seven games, Smith has thrown nine touchdown passes and just one interception. He doesn’t throw many deep balls, and if the Chiefs don’t fall behind Sunday, they probably won’t attempt more than 30 passes. However, Smith has qualities the Chiefs can count on, such as:
- Smith rarely throws interceptions.
Until he was intercepted by the Chargers last weekend, Smith had gone 312 passes without throwing an interception. Among quarterbacks who have attempted at least 350 passes this season, Smith has thrown the fewest interceptions (four). The Chiefs don’t give opponents short fields to work, because Smith will take a sack or throw it away before throwing a pick.
- Smith is durable.
In three seasons with the Chiefs, Smith has missed one game. So many teams, like the Ravens, are without their starting quarterback. Having Smith all season has helped the Chiefs stay in the playoff hunt.
Smith has been to the playoffs as a starter twice in his career - once with the 49ers and once with the Chiefs. If he’s going to return to the postseason this year, Smith knows the Chiefs can’t afford to stumble against the Ravens.
“Everyone I think outside looking in, is surprised by what’s going on there (in Baltimore), as far as records go,” Smith said via a conference call. “But you turn on the tape, and obviously (they have) a bunch of injuries but still (have) a lot of guys playing at a high level and playing hard.”
However, the Ravens have had difficulty forcing quarterbacks into mistakes. On Sunday, they will face a quarterback who doesn’t make many.