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Chiefs stock report: Alex Smith, Spencer Ware, Bob Sutton headed in right direction

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Reviewing the stock report following the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders...

Stock up

Alex Smith

Efficient, accurate, winning football. This type of game is what we expect from Alex Smith, and why the poor performances in prior weeks were so troubling. The throws to Albert Wilson and Jeremy Maclin are among his best ever, and this completion percentage in sloppy conditions WAS the best ever. With a good running game, and the starting o-line back together, Smith was once again the guy the Chiefs can win a LOT of games with.

Spencer Ware

Watching Ware this week, the fumble problems seem like a distant memory. He was dominant against the Raiders, and set the tone for the offense once again. Ware should continue to be featured in the Chiefs offense going forward, creating the league’s best 1-2 punch with Jamaal Charles. As long as Andy Reid lets them run the ball enough, this team will go places.

Dee Ford

Ford had himself a game on Sunday with two sacks and five QB pressures, not to mention his first career forced fumble. Our expectations for Dee have been steadily lowered, but this was a strong game for him. He’s now on pace for his first double-digit sack total of his career. If he gets close to that number, it’s a big win for the Chiefs. When Justin Houston is back and Dee can rotate with Tamba Hali, the team might finally have the strong edge rush they need to make a run.

Bob Sutton

The Chiefs defense was very good on Sunday, but there’s one stat that highlights the job that Sutton did. Amari Cooper had nine catches for over 100 yards in the first half, and only one catch in the second half. Sutton and his crew saw the one guy that was beating the Chiefs and shut him down after halftime. Even better: they did so without letting up in any other area. The pass rush still wasn’t great overall, and Phillip Gaines went out with knee troubles, but the Chiefs held a good offense to 286 total yards (65! yards rushing) and 10 points. That’s a winning defense.

Chris Jones

Jones didn’t light up the stat sheet, but plays like this one , this one and especially THIS ONE remind us that he’s got big time potential. Jones was starting to get more snaps each week, but he may be thrust directly into the starting lineup if Allen Bailey is potentially going to miss the rest of the season as reported. I’d buy his stock now before he really breaks out.

Others trending up: DJ, Tyreek Hill, De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Peters

Stock down

Cairo Santos

Yes, the field and weather were terrible but he has to be able to adjust. One missed kick in bad conditions is acceptable, but two can cost your team a game and put your job in question. Santos isn’t in any danger, and he’ll likely bounce back this week, but kickers are expected to be nearly perfect in the NFL because there is little room for error in a parity filled league.

Phillip Gaines

Sorry, Phil, the best ability is availability. The knock on Gaines has been his ability to stay healthy. While it’s not his fault that his knee is troublesome, the Chiefs need to be able to rely on him. They can’t. KC has several young corners that will compete when given an opportunity. One just might improve enough to take a starting job from PG23.

Ross Travis

Dropped a touchdown in his last game, and inactive for this one ... His hold on the No. 3 tight end job may now be tenuous at best. James O’Shaughnessy only got 12 snaps and didn’t record a catch this week, but he’s solid on special teams. If he’s now a factor as a blocker, he could continue to get the call over Travis. Something to monitor going forward.

Others trending down: Albert Wilson, Jeremy Maclin

Stock flat

Andy Reid

Listen (Andy Reid voice), the team was better prepared, made adjustments and did what they do best. That’s the Andy Reid we want to see. The Andy Reid we don’t want to see was there on Sunday with the play calling inside the 10 yard line. Maclin throwing a pass, Poe catching one, shotgun formations, empty backfields, and a general reluctance to run the ball ... everyone knows they should stick to what they do best. Luckily, these weren’t factors in the outcome of the game, but they very well could have been. You take the bad with the good when you have a coach of Reid’s stature.

Jamaal Charles

Charles looks like himself in limited action thus far. Reid is being cautious with, as he calls him, his future Hall of Fame running back given the success of Spencer Ware. Charles showed toughness and quickness in his first couple of carries. Enough to show he’s back, and could handle an increased workload if called upon. Charles showed enough that the team was comfortable with his health and pulled the trigger on the Knile Davis trade.

Others who are who we thought they were: Travis Kelce, Chris Conley