Just how good is Alex Smith?

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-0): Kansas City flashed an explosive offense in Week 1, as rookie running back Kareem Hunt racked up 246 yards from scrimmage - the most by any National Football League player in his debut - and Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Hunt, who was on the cover of last week's "Sports Illustrated" after his impressive debut at New England, had 13 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns while also catching three passes for 28 yards against the Eagles. The Chiefs nearly had their hopes of starting 2-0 dashed as the Eagles were able to score a touchdown with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter and immediately recover an onside kick. Roethlisberger finished 23 of 35 passing for 243 yards as the Steelers (2-0) improved to 10-1 in home openers under coach Mike Tomlin.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scrambles with the ball as Washington Redskins linebacker Zach Brown (53) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson served as an assistant under Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for six years, most recently in 2015, when Pederson served as offensive coordinator for the Chiefs. I understand that some of those struggling quarterbacks are young guys that the teams are hoping will develop. But snapping a five-game losing streak against the Redskins in Week 1 should feel pretty good for a team that many picked to finish last in the NFC East this season. I mean, we all are thinking it, but it is something to hear Smith himself say it.

Only eight rookies have rushed for more yards in their first two games than Hunt's 229 yards so far this season.

These past two weeks for#Kansas City couldn't have been more different.

For Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith, the writing has been on the wall for some time. He added 21 yards on four carries and kept drives alive on extend plays outside the pocket. "It's a team effort, so we have to fix that going forward".

The Eagles' defense set the tone early, dominating the Chiefs' offensive line in the first half.

A desperation heave in the end zone by Wentz had a chance but was batted away as Reid and the Chiefs beat the Eagles 27-20, the second time he has defeated his former team since leaving the organization.

Jeffery's 16-yard score midway through the third quarter swung the momentum in favor of the Eagles.

Blount was a non-factor against Kansas City, and second-year back Wendell Smallwood has been used sparingly.

Next play, Justin Houston makes his presence felt, blowing up the play in the backfield for a 3-yard loss, forcing a Philly punt.

"We love the passion around here", Smith said.

Here's what you need to know. His single touch of the day was a 1-yard reception.

Blount said he could not recall the last time he played but did not carry the ball. The Ravens intercepted four passes and forced a fumble, giving them 10 takeaways in two games. Yeah, well, it wasn't only a play on words-it was reality, for it was turnovers (as they usually do) which led directly to the Eagles failing to take advantage of a Chiefs team it had on the ropes in the 4th Quarter.

  • Julie Sanders