Steelers Trade Passing Yards Allowed For Red Zone Stops Against Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for a season-high 311 yards Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and even though he also managed to complete 68.9% of the 45 passes that he attempted in the game, he wasn’t able to put the ball in the end zone for points.

In addition to going 0-4 in the red zone Sunday against the Steelers, Smith only managed to completed five of 11 passes in the game that flew more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. While the Smith did have three pass plays go for 19 yards each in the game, only one was explosive in nature and it was good for 33 yards to wide receiver Albert Wilson.

Most of Smith’s 311 passing yards Sunday against the Steelers came after the catch. In fact, his 31 completions included 200 yards gained after the catch and that’s an area where the Steelers defense must improve in if they’re going to make a run in the playoffs.

Smith looked more and more uncomfortable as the game wore on Sunday and that was likely because of all of the pressure he was experiencing. He was sacked six times in the game and that’s the third time this season that’s happened to him.

Smiths performance Sunday against the Steelers shows just how deceiving stats can be at times. While he was good against the Steelers Sunday, he wasn’t good enough.

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