Alex Smith (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) and Carson Palmer (Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports) have found new homes this season.

Alex Smith and Carson Palmer: Familiar Faces Succeeding In New Places

This offseason, two struggling NFL franchises scored on two veteran quarterbacks. Carson Palmer was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals and Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Alex Smith going the the Chiefs has made them a playoff team with the help of Andy Reid. Smith has brought leadership and drive to Kansas City and the Chiefs work well around him.

This year Smith is a major improvement for the Chiefs from Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel last year. Alex has great decision making, has been on a winning team, and has gone through tough times; all contributing into making him the quarterback he is this year.

Last year, the Chiefs, only threw for 2,713 yards and eight touchdowns with 20 interceptions, making them the worst passing team in the NFL. This year,  Smith is on pace for 22 touchdowns, 3,848 yards, and 10 interceptions.

Last year, the Chiefs had an awful 2-14 season but Alex Smith has lead the Chiefs to 5-0 so far, making them one of three undefeated teams, and continues to make 49er fans miss him. Smith has brought new life to Kansas City and the Chiefs hope to stay hot and overcome the Oakland Raiders this weekend.

Carson Palmer has given the Cardinals a regular starter after Arizona started four different QBs last year. The Cardinals’ four quarterbacks totaled 11 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, and 3,005 passing yards. Palmer is on track to pass for 16 touchdowns, 29 interceptions, and 3,792 yards.

After leading the Raiders to a 4-12 record last year, Palmer and the Cardinals have maintained a 3-2 record so far this year. The Cardinals only went 5-11 so they are looking at a much better season.

Palmer has a good running back, Rashard Mendenhall, and two elite receivers, Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, to give the ball to so if he can cut the interceptions down then big things will happen. With a good offense, Palmer can not afford to give away the ball and kill drives.

Carson Palmer may not make it pretty but he has been getting the job done and winning games. The Cards hope to continue their two-game win streak this week against San Francisco.

Tags: Alex Smith Arizona Cardinals Carson Palmer Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers

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