Chiefs QB Alex Smith throws first TD pass to WR in 594 days

You've heard all too many times about the Chiefs lack of touchdowns to wide receivers in 2014. There wasn't one! Not in the regular season and not in the preseason. In fact, Alex Smith didn't even throw a touchdown during the preseason last year.

The curse is broken, though! Smith tossed a touchdown pass to newly acquired receiver Jeremy Maclin -- brought into Kansas City for $11 million a year in the offseason -- in the second quarter to cap off a 15-play drive and giving the Chiefs their first wide receiver passing touchdown in nearly 600 days. It was Smith's first touchdown pass to a receiver since the Chiefs' 45-44 playoff loss to the Colts on Jan. 4, 2014.

The Chiefs are an interesting offense this year. Maclin's been talking all offseason about how much "comfort" he's got with Smith. He's clearly familiar with Andy Reid's offense, having played for Reid when both were in Philadelphia.

Maclin isn't going to completely reinvent things, but when you add a legitimate weapon in Travis Kelce, one of the best running backs in the game in Jamaal Charles and one of the best backup running backs in Knile Davis and Kansas City should be more explosive than last year.

At the very least it shouldn't be another season without a wide receiver touchdown.

Alex Smith threw a pass -- to a receiver -- for a touchdown. (USATSI)
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