Sunday, July 22, 2018
Sports

Chiefs 27, Saints 21

Kansas City not fancy, just effective

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith huddled with Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy in front of his locker, not more than 15 minutes after Kansas City had beaten the Saints.

If they were already dissecting his performance, they weren't going to find many faults.

Smith threw for two scores in another calm, efficient outing, and Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another score.

"Everybody trusts Alex, man. Alex is a pro," said rookie receiver Tyreek Hill, who made an acrobatic 38-yard TD catch to help the Chiefs to their ninth consecutive home victory. "He's good. He's the truth."

Smith was helped by another big game from running back Spencer Ware, the one-time fill-in for Jamaal Charles who is becoming a star.

"He runs with a lot of physicality and determination, but a lot of agility," Smith said. "He's a good mix and I think you just see a guy who has great vision."

Brees tried to rally the Saints, pulling them within 24-21 with a touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds.

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