There’s going to be some fun matchups for the Chiefs in 2017. A few notable games for KC include home games against the Eagles and Steelers and away contests against the Cowboys, Patriots and Giants.
It’s a tough schedule for KC, but the Chiefs have shown in the last few years that they can handle the AFC West and win games outside of their division. The Chiefs’ 2017 opponents were 121-86-1 last season and seven of them were playoff teams.
It’d be fun to take a look at Alex Smith’s numbers against the 2017 opponents, right? These are Smith’s numbers throughout his entire career, not just with the Chiefs. There may not be much relevance to a game Smith played in as a San Francisco 49er six seasons ago, but this is still interesting. Here’s a look.
Alex Smith Stats vs. 2017 Opponents
Smith averages a completion percentage of about 64 against these teams, which is a few points higher than his career average but a few points lower than his 2016 average. He averages 214 yards per game here, a number that is about 16 yards more than what No. 11 has averaged in 11 NFL seasons.
Smith’s record of 39-21 against the 2017 opponents is encouraging because there are some tough teams on the docket that could cause issues for the Chiefs. Namely, away games at New England, Dallas and New York (Giants) will be difficult.
To really no surprise, Smith’s numbers are not all that impressive. He doesn’t average over 250 passing yards per game against any of the teams. But he does have wins ... and winning solves a lot. (We’re still working on the playoffs, though.) A promising note is that Smith is 18-9 against the AFC West and he does have some of his best career numbers against the Oakland Raiders.
Last year was supposed to be “the year” in some eyes that Smith broke out on offense, but that didn’t happen. I don’t think Chiefs fans are expecting anything much different from him at this point. Some of you are yearning for someone new behind center, but all signs point toward Smith being the starter in 2017.