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There were certainly a few eyebrows raised when the Kansas City Chiefs gave up a second-round pick in April (and another selection in 2014) to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
But with raised eyebrows come open eyes. And when you consider that the Chiefs have already equaled last season’s win total of two in only two weeks, perhaps one of those eyes is winking.
Smith was brought in to cure one of the things that ailed those Chiefs in 2012: ball security. Kansas City totaled 37 turnovers, tied for the most in the league.
Of course, the fact that the Chiefs have zero turnovers in two games shouldn’t be that surprising when you consider Smith’s play the last few years.
Dating back to the start of the 2011 season and including a pair of postseason games, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has played in 30 games, making 29 starts. His record as a starter in those contests is an impressive 22-6-1. Even more significant is the fact that Smith has only committed 14 turnovers in those 30 outings.
We shall see if that continues versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. In any case, it’s nice to see Smith come back to his recent form.
Keep an eye on San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal as well. Limited to 10 games in 2012, the speedy wide receiver has already caught five touchdown passes in two games, tying his career high for a season.