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Alex Smith isn't the problem in Chiefs' latest loss

Alex Smith isn't the problem in Chiefs' latest loss

According to multiple sources, Wilkerson sat out the early part of Sunday's win against the Chiefs for the same reason he was temporarily benched in a game last season as he showed up late to another team practice. Whether it was the turning over of offensive play calling duties from head coach Andy Reid to coordinator Matt Nagy, or simply a case of improved confidence, Smith generated some big offensive plays. He threw for more than 300 yards, and had a 70-yard scramble in the second quarter to set up a field goal.

Peters was penalized for throwing a penalty flag into the stands after the Jets' two-point try with 2:15 left in the game. The Jets then went for two, and on the play, Nelson was again called for holding after McCown dropped back about 30 yards. ESPN's analytics department gives Kansas City a 66 percent chance of doing so despite its ongoing struggles.

Kelce accounted for 54 of those yards on two catches, the latter coming in the form of a 22-yard scoring reception from Smith. He also had three sacks, five quarterback hits, a team-leading two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.




It was the Chiefs' longest run of the season, but not the best ever by a Kansas City quarterback.

After the game, Todd Bowles said it was a "coaching decision" to punish the two. Zombo was briefly replaced after the Jets' second touchdown by Tanoh Kpassagnon. It ended his franchise record of 23 straight field goals made. Zach Fulton replaced him and Bryan Witzmann took over Fulton's spot at left guard. On Sunday, it was the Chiefs who lost their composure down the stretch.


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