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Trading for QB Alex Smith was gamble that is already paying off for Kansas City Chiefs

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) (The Associated Press)

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles away from New York Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (99) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (The Associated Press)

It was a gamble from the get-go, the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to trade two draft picks for Alex Smith this past offseason. So far, it's paying off.

Smith is off to the best start of his career, leading the Chiefs to a 4-0 mark. He's on pace to set career bests for yards passing, yards rushing and touchdown passes, and has even outplayed the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick — the guy who took his starting job last season.

Perhaps most importantly, Smith hasn't made many mistakes. He threw his first two picks last Sunday against the Giants, but has otherwise been flawless. And that's a big reason the Chiefs are tied with the Titans, their opponent Sunday, for the NFL's best turnover margin.

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