Being Alex Smith means dealing with backhanded compliments.

The quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs got another one the other day courtesy of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor when asked if he aspired to the kind of efficiency displayed by Smith said "I think I'm a little more risky than him. He does his thing and that's him. I just go play ball.. . . I know they've got a lot of checkdowns. That's efficient I guess. We want to be explosive and try to attack."

Less than a year after losing his starting job with the 49ers to Colin Kaepernick because of a concussion Smith leads the Chiefs (5-0) against the Raiders (2-3) on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Smith traded to Kansas City for two second-round draft picks remains as he was with the 49ers. He is safe and efficient. More of a game-manager than a game-breaker.

"He doesn't turn the ball over. He makes good decisions in the passing game" Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Smith. "They've done exactly what they need to do."

What Smith has done at a higher rate than any quarterback since 2011 is win games. His 24-5-1 record as a starter during the span is a winning percentage of .800. That's superior to Tom Brady (29-8 .784) and Aaron Rodgers (27-8 .771). Only Peyton Manning (18-3 .857) is better and he missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury.

Smith took over a Chiefs team that was 2-14 a year ago and has better passing and rushing numbers than Kaepernick but he has no interest in claiming vindication.

"It's five games in" Smith said by conference call. "This is still so early in the season. We've done a good job positioning ourselves but talk to me in December."