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QB snapshot: Alex Smith

A quick observation of quarterback Alex Smith and how he played in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-13 win in Week 15:

The Chiefs would happily accept another game from Smith on Sunday on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers like the one they got from their quarterback in last week's win against the Oakland Raiders. Smith threw for a season-high 297 yards, including the Chiefs' two longest pass plays of the season. Smith threw a 70-yard touchdown to Knile Davis and also completed passes of 48 and 37 yards.

Smith pushed the ball down the field like at no time since the season-opening game. He was 3-of-8 for 106 yards on passes that went at least 15 yards down the field. The attempts and yards were the highest since that season opener.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, his average throw against Oakland traveled 8.5 yards down the field, also highest since Week 1. That's far longer than his season average of 5.4 yards.