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Alex Smith is the real Raider killer

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The Oakland Raiders have forced 10 turnovers in their first five games, which is very good. That’s a big reason they’re 4-1 and atop the division. Chiefs fans have been reminded this season the correlation between turnovers and winning games.

This week as the Chiefs head to Oakland the Raiders I’m thinking of this number from Alex Smith: his 5-1 record as a Chief against the Raiders. Alex has thrown 163 passes against the Raiders as a Chief and it took until the sixth and most recent game before he threw a interception.

His numbers as a Chief vs. Oakland are very good:

W 24-7, 14-of-31, 128 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

W 56-31, 17-of-20, 287 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs

L 24-20, 20-of-36, 234 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

W 31-13, 18-of-30, 297 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

W 34-20, 16-of-22, 162 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

W 23-17, 14-of-24, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

That brings us to a shade under 61 percent passing with 13 touchdowns to two interceptions. Decent, I guess. Stretch that out to include his career in San Francisco and it’s a 7-1 record with 18 touchdown passes to three interceptions.

History says that Alex probably won’t be throwing a pick this weekend against the Raiders which is something Oakland has relied on. History also says Alex will probably have a pretty good game. If the Chiefs can check those two boxes, they have a shot to win this game.

I saw this tweet from Amateur Hour which was pretty interesting:

Doesn’t necessarily mean much for this weekend though as Carr has obviously gotten better each year.