Top 5 Headlines 12/10: Alex Smith vs. Derek Carr

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1. QB snapshot: Alex Smith

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"A quick observation of quarterback Alex Smith and how he played in the Chiefs' 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14:

Smith's accuracy went down dramatically from the first half to the second in large part because in the first two quarters he kept things short. He was 12-of-13 in the first half and 12 of those passes went less than 5 yards down the field. Six of them were thrown behind the line of scrimmage and his average throw went 0.5 yards."    READ MORE…

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2. QB snapshot: Derek Carr

By Bill Williamson - ESPN.com

"A quick observation of quarterback Derek Carr and how he played in the Oakland Raiders' 24-13 win over San Francisco in Week 14.

Derek Carr was able to move the sticks against the 49ers, and that helped him have his best game of the season in the highlight of the year for the 2-11 Raiders."    READ MORE…

3. Must happen/can't happen at Kansas City

By Bill Williamson - ESPN.com

"Here is a look at what the Oakland Raiders must do and can't do Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs:

Must happen: The Raiders have to have success in the passing game. They had it in their two wins, in Week 12 against these very same Chiefs and last week against San Francisco. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr executed well. That has to happen again."    READ MORE…

4. Looks like Chiefs are in playoffs if they win last three

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"One of the cool things about my job is that my editors encourage me to spend hours looking at things like ESPN's playoff machine. I've done that today in an effort to find a way that the Kansas City Chiefs would be left out of the playoffs if they win their final three games.

I couldn't find one. If anyone else can, please let me know by sending a note to my Twitter account (@adamteicher)."    READ MORE…

5. Alex Smith nominated for new Sportsmanship Award

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"Quarterback Alex Smith is the Kansas City Chiefs' nominee for the new NFL Sportsmanship Award.

Each of the 32 teams nominated a player. The award will be given to one who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition."    READ MORE…

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