Alex Smith threw for 293 yards Monday, but it was with his legs he really hurt the Redskins.
Smith ran for 56 yards and scrambled out of the pocket in the final minute to find Albert Wilson up the sideline for a 37-yard gain to set up Harrison Butker’s 43-yard field goal to lift the Chiefs to a 29-20 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Butker, a rookie from Georgia Tech signed off the Panthers practice squad earlier in the week, was playing in his first NFL game and came through in the clutch after missing a field goal attempt before halftime.
The Chiefs (4-0) remain the NFL’s only undefeated team and have the league’s most balanced offense. While Smith was getting it done through the air, rookie running back Kareem Hunt ran for 101 yards on 21 carries.
Carolina’s Cam Newton has led 13 game-winning drives over his seven-year career, including last week’s 33-30 victory in New England. Newton said his mindset during those drives is simply to “keep the ball moving forward” and “do your damn job.”
“You never know what’s going to happen until you get a completion,” Newton said Wednesday. “That my mentality, just try to throw as many completions as possible, through the game as well. But in that situation, it’s no different.”
While Caldwell would much rather be leading by three touchdowns heading into the final minutes of a game, he said that’s not a realistic expectation – especially against another 3-1 team like the Panthers.