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Alex Smith “Manages” Win Over Patriots

By now you’ve seen the results of the season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. Truth be told, even I couldn’t believe what happened. The Chiefs were +8.0 dogs at by game time and whooped the defending champions 42-27.

The surprise wasn’t just that Tom Brady went for a measly 267 yards when he was supposed to be a record smashing quarterback this year. The shock was seeing Alex Smith having a game with 368 yards and 4 touchdowns, while leading a balanced offensive attack. Most of the headlines will be about breakout star “Krispy” Kareem Hunt, who started with a fumble and then went on total an absurd 246 yards and 3 touchdowns.

But Alex Smith deserves a lot of the credit here and justifiably so.

Forever, Smith has been designated as a “game manager”, which is about as insulting as you can get for a guy who has been a legitimate starter for nearly his entire career. People forget that this guy was the first overall pick in 2005 for a very good reason (mostly because Aaron Rodgers hails from the same draft class).

Qualifying Smith as a game manager is one of the major reasons the Kansas City Chiefs are reduced in the NFL Futures and in game lines at The public just isn’t scared of him. After performances like last night, everyone’s been reminded that Alex Smith is much more than a game manager.

We used to designate game managers as guys that had good running backs and barely did anything in the offence. It was this idea that the quarterback was below average and was merely a caretaker for the superstars around him, instead of being the engine that drove the machine. To say that Smith is a game manager is an absolute insult.

Alex Smith endured one of the most unforgiving coaching situations while in San Francisco with what felt like a dozen different offensive coordinators and head coaches during his seven seasons. During that time, he also gave way to an emerging Colin Kaepernick.

When he landed on his feet in Kansas City as the hand-picked quarterback of Andy Reid, it was lightning in a bottle. The Chiefs have made the playoffs in three of the last four years and also had four straight winning seasons. In fact, they’re 43-21 SU and 36-28 ATS since Reid and Smith arrived in town. That’s gravy to a gambler.

That kind of consistency is worth recognizing. People deride Smith for not being able to throw a long ball, but ignore all the other things he does so well. He helms an overtly complicated offence with grace and poise. He minimizes his mistakes on a grand scale, while also executing a balanced offence that does just enough.

Collinsworth epitomized the Kansas City Chiefs well last night when he called them “counterpunchers” during Thursday Night Football. The Chiefs may be more explosive now than they’ve ever been before, and there are few quarterbacks who can both dink-and-dunk or nail a necessary long bomb when asked to.

The Chiefs have traditionally leaned on a top-ranking defence to get the job done, but safety Eric Berry is done for the season which heavily complicates how good they can be at stopping points. The loss didn’t seem to bother them when they Brady was pressing in the latter stages of the game last night.

If Smith is to ever change the perception of him as a game manager, the time is now. He hasn’t had this kind of firepower in years, and now the defence will have weaknesses that a multi-talented, $78 million safety like Berry usually shores up. The loss of Berry combined with a win over the Patriots probably normalizes the future betting line for Kansas City on a weekly basis.

Stop hating on Alex Smith. Backing him in the sportsbook at is the smart thing to do until we see the Chiefs slide. And who knows? Maybe Smith will manage to win you some money in the process.

Feeling sassy about the Kansas City Chiefs and their +1600 odds to win the Super Bowl? Then get to the sportsbook and start hammering away!

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