“I know people were caught off guard,” Smith said. “They haven’t seen me talk like that.”
They haven’t seen him play like this, either, and the two are intrinsically linked. The most common criticism of Smith is that he is boring, too cautious, Captain Checkdown in an NFL era that favors the bold. But here he is, objectively the best quarterback and leading MVP candidate through five games, with an R-rated personal mantra and NSFW on-field boldness.
We don’t get one without the other.
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the Chiefs are the best team in football and they’re coming back home after a big primetime win in Houston. Chiefs fans are pumped and want to see them play an AFC contender.
There was almost some eerie foreshadowing occurring right in front of our eyes. I mentioned in my article about how the Chiefs can replace Chris Conley that he had lined up as an X receiver 81 percent of the snaps I charted. Pre-injury, Conley was only at X for a season low 72 percent.
Hill lined up at X for 13 snaps with 11 of them in the first half. He did not catch one pass in that position.
Authorities previously said Mahomes and his friends had just stepped from a vehicle in the driveway of a home near Tyler when another vehicle pulled up behind them. Pinkerton approached, gestured like he had a handgun in his waistband and took unspecified items from the group before speeding away. Pinkerton was arrested shortly afterward.
Smith also could hit some NFL milestones in Sunday’s game against visiting Pittsburgh (3-2). First, he can tie or exceed Randall Cunningham’s record of 12 touchdown passes in the first six games of the season without an interception. Smith currently has 11 scoring tosses.
Plus, Smith can join Rodgers (2011), Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only quarterbacks to post a passer rating of 100-plus in a season’s first six games. Rodgers and Brady would ultimately win MVP honors.
"I think you realize everyone has injuries at some point," said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. "Everyone deals with those things. They are unfortunate when they happen. I think the culture we built up around here is, you don't skip a beat. It's the next man up, and we go."
One day in November 2006, West woke up with his legs virtually paralyzed, his body consumed by red splotches and experiencing a burning sensation all over.
Everything looked different from that day forward, especially in the frightening months before he would be diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
The night before he woke up engulfed in the autoimmune disorder, the high school freshman scored three touchdowns in his first varsity game.
Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist was fined by the league office for his hit on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Gilchrist is appealing the $24,309 fine.
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl outside linebacker-defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wasn't fined for his roughing the passer penalty incurred for a hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
In six regular season games against the Chiefs, Roethlisberger boasts a 5-1 record, a 72-percent completion percentage, a 118 QB rating, and a 13/3 touchdown/interception ratio. A winning formula, indeed. The last time Pittsburgh and Kansas City met in the regular season—which, coincidentally, was Week 6 of the 2016 season—Ben threw for 300 yards on the nose and tossed five touchdowns. The Steelers won 42-14.
S Steven Terrell (concussion) and G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) will not play which was expected. Also, this will not be the week that C Mitch Morse returns, the Chiefs said. However, he started practicing this week so presumably he’s getting closer. The Chiefs play next Thursday night on a short week so perhaps that was factored in.
“Cam did well,” offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said. “There were some plays that you saw where maybe technique-wise weren’t the best, but one thing with Cam is you’ll never get a lack of effort, never.”
Time has healed all of their wounds except one, though. The Chiefs will have Kelce, Hill and Albert Wilson against the Steelers "unless there’s some setback that takes place here," coach Andy Reid said.
Turns out the NFLPA’s report was only recently updated from offseason accounting — which is calculated using the salaries of the top 51 players on a team’s roster — to in-season accounting, which includes players on injured reserve, practice squads and held money starting in Week 1.