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Alex Smith is the most underrated quarterback in the NFL. There is no denying that. Upon examination of his numbers, it becomes clear that the San Francisco 49er does not get the credit he deserves.
For the record, this is not the first time I've argued this. Some of you may know that I've been arguing this since week 5.
A lot of football has been played since then, so let's do a quick update on Smith's situation.
He is the starting quarterback for a team that has won six of its seven games. He is the starting quarterback for the team with the second-highest winning percentage in the NFL.
Alex Smith has thrown two interceptions on the season, which is the fewest among starting quarterbacks.
His quarterback rating of 95.7 is tied with a man named Ben Roethlisberger for eighth best in the league.
To be honest, I've gotten sick of arguing for Alex Smith. He has proven himself to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL this season.
He may not throw the most yards, and he may not throw the most touchdowns, but he has thrown the fewest interceptions, and only one quarterback has won more games than he has.
Alex Smith may be the most under-appreciated weapon in the NFL. And for the record, that is all thanks to the genius of Jim Harbaugh.