KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith was informed Wednesday morning that he had been named the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance in the Kansas City Chiefs' 42-27 win over the New England Patriots last Thursday. His response was little more than a yawn.
The Chiefs have had almost a week to digest their season-opening victory over the Patriots, in which Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns. They’ve started work preparing for the Philadelphia Eagles, this Sunday’s opponents at Arrowhead Stadium.
“If it had been a couple of days ago, maybe," Smith said when asked if he took time to appreciate the player of the week honor. “You had some time to relax (then). Today, it’s certainly nice, but at this point I feel like preparations have already begun on the Eagles.
“It’s not that you don’t. But you play long enough and you realize how (quickly) things can change. One week everybody’s raving about you, and how quickly it can flip if you drink the Kool-Aid. I think you need to be careful with that a little bit."
Smith and the Chiefs can look to last season if they need an example of a precipitous fall from Week 1 to Week 2. The Chiefs rallied from a 24-3 deficit in the 2016 opener to beat the Chargers in overtime, with Smith throwing for 363 yards and two TDs.
The Chiefs were then held without a touchdown the next week in Houston, with Smith throwing for just 186 yards. He was sacked four times and the Chiefs lost 19-12.
“I’ve certainly seen teams that have played really good and are feeling so good about themselves and they walk into the next week and get smacked in the mouth," Smith said. “So I’ve definitely seen it."