A weekly analysis of the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback play.
Rewind: Alex Smith had more completions (22) and yards (273) in last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles than he did in either of the season's first two games. He was also sacked (five times) more than he had been all season and didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time in three games. The Chiefs had been a perfect 5-for-5 scoring touchdowns while inside the opponent's 20-yard line but were just 1-for-6 against the Eagles in part because Smith wasn't as effective in the red zone.
Fast-forward: Opposing quarterbacks have had little trouble picking apart the secondary of the New York Giants, who have allowed more than 68 percent of the passes they've defended to be completed. Smith has been under consistent pressure in each of the past two games, but could have more time to throw against the Giants. Their normally strong pass rush has generated just three sacks this season.
A consistent Smith: Statistically, Smith has played three similar games this season. His passing attempts have been between 34 and 36 and his completions either 21 or 22. He had two touchdown passes in each of the first two games and none against Philadelphia, but he has yet to throw an interception despite attempting 105 passes.
Prediction: Look for another game in the Smith mold against the Giants. His completions again will be in the low-20s, his attempts in the mid-30s. Put him down for a couple of touchdown passes against a beleaguered defense, but Smith will also throw his first interception of the season.