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What should the Jets expect against Alex Smith?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Sep 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) attempts a pass during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) attempts a pass during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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In the Jets vs Chiefs Week 3 matchup, Gang Green should expect a fiery Alex Smith ready to have a bounce-back game.

As Week 3 brings the football world a classic Jets vs Chiefs matchup, all eyes will be on quarterback Alex Smith bouncing back from a forgettable game. Last week was uneventful for Smith as his Kansas City Chiefs lost 19-12 to the Houston Texans.

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In Week 2 action, Smith totaled just 186 passing yards, 20 completions, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Needless to say, it wasn’t the kind of game Smith would brag about as the Chiefs’ offense was rather flat.

As the New York Jets head to Kansas City looking to build on their momentum from beating the Buffalo Bills last week, this could very well be a trap game for Gang Green. Smith has been known to be a difference-maker for the Chiefs and well, this is the perfect scenario for him to put the Chiefs at 2-1 for the year.

The Jets’ defensive line is one of the best in football but they can’t let Smith get too comfortable in the pocket. Once he gets frazzled, he’s prone to make mistakes and be frustrated all game long. That will be key for the Jets to limit the damage he can cause, but if he gets enough time to dissect the poor defensive secondary of the Jets, he will have a field day.

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Smith is able to be a dual-threat quarterback that can make plays on his feet to extend them.

One of the glaring weaknesses on the Jets’ defense is again, their defensive secondary.

Whether it’s cornerback Darrelle Revis losing a step, a lack of communication, or inconsistent execution, they will have their work cut out for them against Smith.

Their offense is built to be fast-paced so one big key to keeping Smith contained is getting to him quick and making sure he’s not upright all game long.

Recently, head coach Todd Bowles chimed on what it will be like to face Smith. As per the Media Relations Department, here is what Bowles said about Smith:

On challenges Alex Smith presents…

(He’s) Smart. Got good size. He can run the football. He can throw the football. Gets the ball out. Just when you think he’s going to throw it, he runs it and when you think he’s going to run, he throws. They use him in the run game. He’s been throwing the deep ball very well. They have a quick game as well. We just got to be disciplined.

Overall, the Jets must head into Arrowhead Stadium ready for a fight since this team, despite several key injuries, is still a competitive one. They play hard, fundamental football, and will want to put up a successful game in front of the home crowd. Smith will present another big challenge for a Jets’ defense that needs to holistically come together to effectively shut him down.

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