The Thursday night football game between Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles provides a scintillating quarterback match up. Believe it or not, neither quarterback has thrown an interception in the first two weeks of the season. Both players are completing at least 60 percent of their passes, but they are doing it in completely different ways.
Alex Smith was the local scapegoat in San Francisco, but he has been looked on as a savior for the Kansas City Chiefs this year. Smith already has 82 yards rushing, so his ability to get out of the pocket must be scouted. Altogether, Smith has six fewer rushing yards than Michael Vick in the first two games.
Alex Smith is also right at 60% passing in Andy Reid's west coast style. It's extremely impressive the way Alex Smith doesn't turn the ball over. As Alex Smith gets more accustomed to the offense, we should be able to expect bigger numbers.
Right now he has four touchdown passes and 396 yards passes. His consistency has been remarkable so far. Alex Smith has completed 21 passes in both games, and split his touchdowns evenly.
On the other side, Michael Vick has been explosive within the confines of Chip Kelly's offense. While the Eagles have put up 63 points in the first two games, there are still plays that they have not connected on the deep ball. When that part of the game becomes consistent, it could be lights out for the Eagles' opponents.
Michael Vick is completing 62 percent of his passes in the early season. Like Smith, Vick has thrown four touchdown passes. The difference between the Eagles and the Chiefs offense are the downfield passes. Vick has completed 38 passes, but he has 631 yards in the first two games.
This highly charged emotional match up will come down to which quarterback can stay calm under pressure. If the Eagles can score early, then Kansas City will definitely open up the offense. That will either embolden Alex Smith to make big plays or create turnovers in Philadelphia's favor.