The stat sheet may not say this is one of Alex Smith's best games but this was one of my favorite games from Smith. The Chiefs started off poorly against the Buffalo Bills and they don't start slow and then heat up very often, especially not when they're down 10 points.
It's that slow start and eventual comeback that now has me thinking this was one of Alex Smith's best games as a Chief. They fought back and won when they were behind and a big reason for that was Alex Smith. He was throwing the ball deep (five passes over 30 yards) and making good decisions on when to run the ball (six carries for 35 yards). Of course there were no turnovers because he doesn't turn it over.
The Bills defense is good but they make plenty of mistakes. The Chiefs offense likes play action passes, Bills coach Rex Ryan likes pressure and the Chiefs offensive line has had its ups and downs. This isn't a matchup the Chiefs win very often but they were able to do so because the decided not to blitz the Chiefs very much.
Players say the #Bills decided to contain Alex Smith, play more coverage than blitz. Backfired badly. Team credited for zero QB hits.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 29, 2015
That was a mistake. Smith is a better quarterback when he has time to throw and he's a better quarterback when he's running the ball well. The Bills defense allowed Alex more time and dropped the defenders which opened lanes for him to run. And so the Chiefs won the game.