By quarterback rating, Alex Smith’s performance in the opener against the Houston Texans was his fifth-best in his three years with the Chiefs.
A convergence of events this season is why Phil Simms, a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback with the Giants and CBS analyst who will call Thursday’s game against the Broncos, thinks Smith will deliver more of those types of performances this season.
Foremost is head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ play-calling script.
“I don’t know if I’d call Andy Reid the quarterback’s best friend in the NFL, but he’s in the top five,” Simms said. “He does an unbelievable job of giving them situations where he can get completions for his quarterback.”
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Simms said a Reid system produces between six and 10 completions per game, there for the taking.
“The rest the quarterback has to get on his own, but that gives the quarterback confidence, reinforces what he’s doing, and it allows Alex Smith to play confident and free,” Simms said.
Against the Texans, Smith completed 22 of 33 for 243 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, producing a quarterback rating of 118.6 in the Chiefs’ 27-20 victory.
The Chiefs took full advantage of red-zone turnovers to scored two short field touchdowns and had all of their points for the afternoon by halftime. Simms said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs had reeled it in a bit.
“They probably pulled back a bit in the second half, said ‘Let’s not bring out all the new stuff we have, maybe we can catch (Denver) with something,’ ” Simms said.
Smith has a huge test against the Broncos. Simms worked Denver’s 19-13 victory over the Ravens on Sunday.
“I’m very eager to see this Kansas City offense against what may be (the NFL’s) best defense,” Simms said.
The Broncos held Baltimore to 173 yards, including 100 through the air. Those were the top defensive numbers in the NFL last weekend.