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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith sacrificing numbers for only 1 that matters: number of wins

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, left, talks with quarterback Alex Smith during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

    Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, left, talks with quarterback Alex Smith during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the first half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the first half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

Every time Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is flushed from the pocket, it seems that one of two things happens. Either he uses his fleet feet to scramble for yards, or he throws it away.

Neither of which is a bad thing.

The Chiefs have never had a quarterback who can make things happen on the ground with the same nimbleness as Smith. Nor have they had one in recent years who is smart enough to throw the ball into the third row of seats rather than take a sack or force a pass into coverage.

It's an example of how selfless Smith has played this season. He has thrown just three interceptions during their 6-0 start.

The Chiefs play Houston on Sunday.

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