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Raiders try to play takeaway with Smith

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Being Alex Smith means dealing with backhanded compliments.

The quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs got another one the other day, courtesy of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor, when asked if he aspired to the kind of efficiency displayed by Smith, said, “ I think I’m a little more risky than him. He does his thing and that’s him. I just go play ball . . . I know they’ve got a lot of checkdowns. That’s efficient, I guess. We want to be explosive and try to attack.’’

Less than a year after losing his job to Colin Kaepernick because of a concussion, Smith leads the Chiefs (5-0) against the Raiders (2-3) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Smith, traded to the Chiefs for two second-round draft picks, remains as he was with the 49ers. He’s safe and efficient. More of a game-manager than a game breaker.

“He doesn’t turn the ball over. He makes good decisions in the passing game,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “They’ve done exactly what they need to do.’’

What Smith has done at a higher rate than any quarterback since 2011 is win games. His 24-5-1 record as a starter during the span is a winning percentage of .800. That is superior to Tom Brady (29-8, .784) and Aaron Rodgers (27-8, .771). Only Peyton Manning (18-3, .857) is better, and he missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury.

Smith took over a team that was 2-14 a year ago and had better passing and rushing numbers than Kaepernick, but has no interest in claiming vindication.

“It’s five games in,’’ Smith said by conference call. “This is still so early in the season. We’ve done a good job positioning ourselves, but talk to me in December.’’

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Smith probably has exceeded expectations in terms of being a leader.

“It’s not so much what he says, it’s the way he carries himself, the way he emits what it is to be a leader,’’ Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath told the Kansas City Star.

Smith said he didn’t attempt to assert himself as a leader so much as he simply tried to be himself.

“I think one thing everybody sees is when you’re not sincere and when you try to be someone you’re not,’’ Smith said. “Everybody can see a fraud.’’

Smith faces an Oakland defense which blitzed heavily and from every angle through most of the first three games, only to back off somewhat with a lead against the San Diego Chargers. The result was 315 passing yards in the second half by Philip Rivers, but also two of their three interceptions in successfully protecting a lead.

Whatever the Raiders were doing, don’t call it a “prevent’’ defense.

“Prevent means taking your foot off the gas,’’ defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. “We don’t ever take our foot off the gas. We play.’’

Allen called it “situational’’ football.

“At that point in time, yards don’t cost you anything,’’ Allen said. “The only thing that costs you is points.’’

From what Smith has seen on film, he expects the Raiders to vary their looks and send extra rushers from different angles.

“They throw a lot at you. A ton of different looks. A lot of pressure,’’ Smith said. “I think every guy on that defense is coming at one point or another, all 11 guys. Last week they scored early and were kind of able to sit on it a little bit because the Chargers were out of a balanced game. ‘’

The Chiefs are an NFL-best plus-10 in turnover ratio in part because Smith has only three interceptions and Kansas City has lost just two fumbles. Allen feels the best shot the Raiders have of getting the ball back lies with being unpredictable.

“It’s all predicated on being able to get some pressure on him and make him uncomfortable in the pocket, to be able to do some things that hopefully make him make a bad decision,’’ Allen said.

— Running backs Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Rashad Jennings (hamstring) practiced for the second straight day, increasing their chances of facing the Chiefs.

Center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) did not practice and Andre Gurode is the probable starter at center.

— Sebastian Janikowski was puzzled a bouquet of balloons at his locker Monday. They came courtesy of punter and holder Marquette King, celebrating their first 50-yard kick to together.

How did Janikowski respond?

“He said, `What’s wrong with this guy?,’ ‘’ King said.

— Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, second in the league with 7.5 sacks, has been cleared to practice but has not yet been cleared to play in the game against the Raiders following a concussion, according to ESPN.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 24

    Either way, we still won so the yards didn’t matter but I agree…I’d rather continue to be aggressive. I want to dominate and shut out a team and never give them any breathing room personally. They must go down and they must go down hard.

  • 10centsworth

    They were going right after him, early. Now I think they are trying to wait him out a little, run the pitch count up…and get him the hell out of there. He’s showed up for work tho…

  • Rico Stifler

    Quoth our Lord, Al Davis…

  • Dakota

    Vegas,
    You know what is on abc right now!?!?

  • Just Fire Baby

    There was a great new book on baseball cards written called, Mint Condition . Interesting that the players strike of 1994 was completely funded by the baseball card industry to the PA, and they didn’t miss any paychecks. Good read

  • Just Fire Baby

    He will go 130 pitches if need be, pitch count is not an issue

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hard call. You really don’t want to give one up over the top for a ten second TD. A four minute FG is way preferable.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The DVR is locked and loaded

  • Dakota

    He’s a great palyah….get ova it!

  • 24

    Our corners play so far back, I don’t even think it’s possible. I was hella mad though when I saw Woodson get beat deep on that play, he was way out of position.

  • 24

    Verlander is typically clutch.

  • Dakota

    wheeeew

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jackson can’t hit the outside fastball. Just pound it out there and get out of the inning

  • Just Fire Baby

    Arizona is such a selfish beatch!!!!

  • 24

    It used to be, the VHS is locked and loaded. How times have changed. I caught the end of Beta. My my had so many movies recorded it was crazy.

  • Dakota

    What a slut….I’d still bang her…..one leg, imagine the positions!

  • Just Fire Baby

    lol

  • eastoaklandraider

    I said the A’s would lose in 5 in another crushing home defeat in the ALDS, hate to be right but i’m glad I didnt get my hopes up like some of you. BTW I picked DET to win it all, its just their time.

  • Dakota

    The mortality rate at that hospital is off the charts……someone should drop a dime to osha.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did everybody, or ANYBODY, go get the new book on Bill King by Ken Korach?
    East Bay fan cards are in the process of being revoked if not.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Brooks could have been special….fast hands

  • jesusraiderjim

    Oak, gotta drink the Kool-Aid for another hour or so and hope the fat lady “Dr Roberts Mom” sings in our favor. LOL

  • 10centsworth

    Agree. A Dude..

  • 10centsworth

    They got Bo Jackson doing commercials for things in cans. Not Mercedes. Things in cans. Shows you the state of the world.

  • Dakota

    Might start your junk on fire.

  • Dakota

    Like Prince Albert?

  • eastoaklandraider

    A’s need bats period. Gotta be able to score runs, even against elite pitching esp at home.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I can’t believe you guys r talking Greys anatomy. My 15 year old daughter won’t stop talking about it either.

    I never miss an episode. Tivoed. But I don’t talk about it. Haha

    Talk about being confident in ones sexuality……

  • Blackholepriest

    One thing I love about TP he is not scared at all. He is listening to his coaches and trying to use it to the best of his ability. This Kidd hasn’t scratched the surface yet. When I told people I thought he was as good as Russell Wilson if not better. Many of you thought I was just running my mouth. Now others are starting to say it. People are comparing him to Wilson RG3 and Kap. Something that a month ago seemed so far fetched now seems very possible. His QBR is up there amongst the best. I said before the year is out they would mention him amongst them. The year is barely even started and some are doing it.
    His play has lifted this team beyond what most could’ve imagined. And he hasn’t come close to his potential, which may take another year or two for that matter. Guys try to say no one knew he would do this well that is a LIE. I said he would many times, he knew he could if given half a chance and people are shocked. Truth be told he has even started yet……..period

  • Just Fire Baby

    5 hour energy, which I am sure he would have never in a million year taken as a player

  • 10centsworth

    I loved Bo Jackson in baseball. No big ego trotting around. A teammate and dream for a coach. They want production, he hits 400′ homers. They want him to raise his average, ropes to the gaps. He ran his laps and his locker was what they gave him.
    Loved the guy.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I’m happy w his progress too. Lets see if he can win a road game before we start to anoint him as the second coming of Christ tho. Deal?

  • Just Fire Baby

    DAkota has me beat, he has a bunch of Grey’s comments and a naked man for an avatar.
    I’m at least wearing a suit

  • Just Fire Baby

    Many of you thought I was just running my mouth.
    **********************************
    Come on Priest….we would never think that

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    You said the same thing for every black qb we’ve ever had. You guaranteed Jamarcus would be in the probowl. Don’t crow because one dart has a chance of sticking.

  • J Hill

    Pryor is certainly on his way to locking up the QB for the foreseeable future.

    Would be nice to get some top shelf playmakers on the field with him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He is a FA year end 2014.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Were people talking up Bush earlier today?
    I figured I would look at the box score and see more than 2 carriers for 2 yards and 1 drop.

  • RaidingTexas

    He’ll be a Raider well beyond 2014. Book it.

  • Breaking_Black

    Six pack of an IPA tonight or 12 pack of something cheaper?

  • J Hill

    Not going anywhere.

    I asked in preseason when would be a smart time to resign him.

    Each win he gets will literally cost us millions.

  • RaidingTexas

    Guess we won’t have to worry about that dam infield dirt for much longer.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He is in no hurry to resign. Why would he?
    His agent is Drew Rosenhaus, expect it to be as sticky as humanly possible, that’s Drew’s thing.

  • J Hill

    His agent is Drew Rosenhaus,

    —————————————————————-

    Uh, oh!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    TP = ticket and Jersey sales. Mark will make sure it happens. Even if it means overruling the GM.

  • Just Fire Baby

    DRew will pretend everyone is bidding for him, whether they are or not, threaten hold and absolutely do the team he is on no favors.

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    $ talk. can’t book anything in the NFL these days. Doesnt stand for not for long for no reason.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Drew doesn’t let up and coming clients give home town discounts. He will fire his own client before he has that on his resume.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’s a question? If I got the money 12 pack quality, if not PBR here I come.

  • RaidingTexas

    Go for Ballast Point Sculpin IPA if you can get it.