According to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher
, Alex Smith
knows he won’t get any satisfaction from his return to the Bay Area this weekend if the Chiefs don’t beat the 49ers. It doesn’t matter how well Smith plays or whether he outshines Colin Kaepernick
, who became the 49ers’ quarterback in the middle of the 2012 season when they decided Smith wasn’t good enough.
"I’m trying to get a win," Smith said. "I [couldn’t] care less about the stats and outdueling anybody. I know that this is going to be a story and that I’m going to have to deal with it.
"I’ll embrace going back there and accept it. You’re not in denial about it. You know what it is and you take it on."
Teicher went on to suggest that as long as Smith sticks to that strategy, he should be fine on Sunday. That’s why Teicher is expecting Smith to play well against the 49ers. He’s done a nice job, at least since joining the Chiefs, of focusing on the task at hand and blocking out the distractions that can affect the way a quarterback plays.
Smith, for instance, had a dismal game, just like the rest of his offensive teammates, in the season opener against Tennessee. He didn’t let that drag him down. Smith played well the next week in Denver and also in the two subsequent games.
Smith, who was 35th and last among qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating two weeks ago has since climbed to 14th.
It's worth noting then, that the Chiefs have faced a streak of tough defenses in their last two games, and now coming up against San Francisco. This week's rankings in yards allowed has Miami at No. 7, New England at No. 4 and the 49ers at No. 2.
Against the Dolphins and Patriots, the Chiefs offense put up 785 offensive yards with nine touchdowns and only two turnovers.
As the Sports Xchange suggests, continuing that type of production against San Francisco will be significant for the Chiefs chances to win their third straight game. The Niners are giving up 287.3 yards per game, with eight offensive touchdowns allowed in four games. K.C. is averaging 145.3 rushing yards per game; that's No. 4 in the league.
San Francisco allows 69.8 rushing yards per game, ranking No. 2 against the run.
And as Pro Football Focus' Mike Clay notes, overall the Chiefs sit fifth in the NFL with 12 offensive touchdowns and Smith is 10th in fantasy points among quarterbacks.