Looking very much like the 2011 San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith and the Chiefs beat the Eagles 26-16 in Philadelphia Thursday night. The win improves Kansas City's record to 3-0 and increases the likelihood the 49ers will get better-than-expected compensation in the upcoming draft.
The 49ers already received a second-round pick in the trade that sent Smith to the Chiefs earlier this year. The 49ers parlayed that pick into defensive end Tank Carradine. They also get a pick in May (the draft will now be held in May; get used to it), which as of now is a third-round selection but improves to a second rounder if the Chiefs finish .500 or better. Smith's former 49ers backers are still rooting for him, though to a degree: The best scenario for the 49ers would be for the Chiefs to finish 8-8.
Smith never pushed the ball deep down field against the Eagles in throwing for 273 yards, and he completed only one pass to top receiver Dwayne Bowe. Those storylines are familiar to 49ers fans. Also familiar: He committed no turnovers and hit receiver Donnie Avery on a critical third-down strike when Avery was well covered and when the Chiefs were backed up near their own end zone.
Kansas City also received key plays from its defense and four field goals from Ryan Succup. Ring a bell? David Akers set records for field goals attempted and field goals made in 2011. One other note: Ex-49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins made his first-ever catch Thursday, a six yarder on a quick out by Smith. He also dropped a key third-down pass late in the game. The 49ers' compensation for Jenkins, receiver Jon Baldwin, has been inactive through the first two games.
2014 draft picks
1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. *Third round: From Kansas City - Alex Smith trade
4. Third round: From Tennessee - 2013 draft-day trade
5. Third round: Own pick
6. Third: Expected compensatory pick
7. Fourth round: Own pick
8. Fifth round: Own pick
9. Sixth round: Own pick
10. Seventh round: From Carolina - Colin Jones trade
11. Seventh round: From Indianapolis - Cam Johnson trade
12. Seventh round: From New Orleans -- Parys Haralson trade
13. Seventh round: Own pick
* Improves top a second-round pick if the Chiefs finish .500 or better.
- Matt Barrows