Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) reacts after the Chiefs rushed for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith's 5 Touchdown Passes Traveled A Combined 13 Yards Downfield


Somehow the Oakland Raiders were unable to stop the screen game of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Jamaal Charles was murdering them in the screen game.

Everyone knows that Alex Smith is not the strongest at throwing the ball down the field. He will rely on checking it down to his running backs all day long and on Sunday, he did it to perfection.

Alex Smith threw 5 touchdown passes in the game and those balls traveled a combined 13 yards down the field in the air (Josh Dubow). How does that even happen?! Jamaal Charles!

When you have a playmaker like Jamaal Charles on the roster, the screen passes and dump offs can go a long, long way. Just get the ball in Charles’ hands and watch what he does with it.

This also shows how embarrassingly bad the Oakland Raiders defense was on Sunday.

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Nicholas Michael Barnes

    That’s not true, the 71 yard TD to Charles traveled at least 20 yds in the air. Someone is making up stats to stir the pot.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Other than that pass, those screen passes were behind the line of scrimmage.

    • Curtis

      Yeah, I just went back and watched it. I think the stat is actually correct. Was surprised because I didn’t believe it, but every screen pass was caught about 4-5 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Another fact checker who doesn’t check his facts.

    Great job, hope writing about FACTS isn’t your day job.

  • Blake Molina

    The more important stat is that Smith’s YPA/YPC is noticeably up since the bye.

  • 2dogs

    With all the stat’s the NFL keeps, does anybody know the league average for passing yards versus pass in the air yardage? I’d guess about 50% is after the catch?

  • Jim bernard

    Who cares, most of Peyton’s yards come the same way and nobody cares about that.

    • Suzi Conger

      So true Jim…

    • Justin Rebar

      What about the bombs he threw against the Chiefs to Decker? Peyton has been slinging it all season hater.

      • Suzi Conger

        justin, Jim nor I am a ‘hater’… it is a true fact. Alex has thrown some beauts ( 40 – 70+ ),,, only to be dropped by the receivers… pm has the luxury of elite receivers. BTW justin, that is the def of wco, many check-downs/screens (thus pm’s reputation for “getting the ball out fast” ), with a few long deep passes thrown . It all depends how well the OL is protecting the QB and time allowed to pass. broncos have a superb OL….

      • Suzi Conger

        PS…. pm hasn’t accomplished an 85% !! completion rate, and 56PTS ? (I don’t think?) And, o yea, pm has more interceptions that AS11,,,I believe?

  • arnie

    Check down king.

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  • hipnetic

    I guess you missed the last few games where Alex threw planty of deep passes. So Alex throws a short pass that goes for a TD. Then Alex throws another short pass that goes for a TD. Wash, rinse, repeat. And yet you criticize him for *not* throwing more low-percentage throws (deep passes), when the high-percentage throws (short passes) were resulting in TDs? Go back to playing QB in your videogames.

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Yeah. They hate it when Alex throws short and it’s a TD. They hate it when Alex throws it long for a TD. They hate it when he throws a TD period.

      People just hate him no matter what. This guy included.

  • Suzi Conger

    BOOOOOO ernie…bad slant and info… you do know,,,don’t you, that this is pmanning’s method of winning….don’t you? You did notice,,,,didn’t you? that raider D was right on Smith many of those beautifully executed plays and TD’s… hmmmm? Didn’t you? Guess you haven’t noticed that the majority of pmanning (and brady) yardage is YAC?…..sad negative slant article