KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The New Alex Smith looked pretty familiar to Bay Area fans on Sunday: dinking, dunking, tucking and running ...

And winning.

Wearing a slightly different shade of red, the former 49ers quarterback was up to his usual tricks against the Raiders, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to their sixth victory in as many tries despite completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the second straight week.

Some of those incompletions came on dump-offs against tight coverage, but plenty of those balls sailed long, short, wide and near.

"I felt we could never get a bead on what they were doing defensively," Smith said following the Chiefs' 24-7 victory. "They caught us off-guard a few times. Caught me off-guard."

Perhaps, but the Raiders couldn't keep Smith from continuing a remarkable three-year run in which he's 25-5-1 as a starter. His winning percentage of over .800 during that span is better than anyone in the NFL not named Peyton Manning.

Smith's exodus from San Francisco is well-documented. After sustaining a concussion last fall, he watched from the sidelines as backup Colin Kaepernick burst onto the scene and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Suffice to say Smith, dealt in the offseason for draft picks, has found new life in Kansas City, even if he's still up to his old game-managing ways.


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The key for Smith and the Chiefs, along with playing lockdown defense on Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was limiting their turnovers to one. That came in the third quarter, when Smith completed a red-zone pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery and Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden forced a fumble at the Oakland 8-yard line.

"I thought our defense was doing a great job against their offense the whole game," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

Even when they fell behind 7-0 before halftime, Smith and the Chiefs kept chipping away.

While Smith finished just 14 of 31 for 128 yards and was sacked three times, he kept several drives moving with his legs and twice put the Chiefs in position to score on short runs by Jamaal Charles.

Personal statistics be darned.

"It's so easy to get caught up in the stats," Smith said. "Throwing it away, for me, is still a smart play."

And more important than stats, Smith is providing leadership, an element that was lacking as the Chiefs went 2-14 last year.

"He's a leader," Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster said. "When you've got a guy who can lead, all you need to do is follow."

At this point, with a 6-0 record and the season's first win over an AFC West opponent under their belts, the Chiefs are hoping to follow Smith all the way to the playoffs.

"We've got to get better, and we will," Smith said. "But the great thing is we got the win."