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    49ers Colin Kaepernick (7) reacts near the end of the game as San Francisco falls to the Indianapolis Colts, 27-7, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

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    Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, right, of the 49ers, and Alex Smith of the Chiefs meet after the game.


Which quarterback will lead his team to more wins this season?

Leading Off: So which quarterback is undefeated now?

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 - 5:53 pm

My old friend Robert, a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan, is going out of his mind over his team's success this season.

We're one-quarter of the way through the NFL season and his team is one of just five still undefeated, along with Denver, New Eng- land, New Orleans and Seattle.

Those other four teams were expected to be good this season, but the Chiefs? Not so much.

Which makes them the NFL's feel-good story so far this season, especially after the Miami Dolphins were throttled by the Saints on Monday night.

Robert gives much of the credit for the Chiefs' success to quarterback Alex Smith, who was sent packing to Kansas City by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh during the offseason.

"Last year, it hurt to watch. On offense, they were inept and desperate," Robert texted. "Now, it's fun again. There's competence and an obvious will to win. It's like night and day, especially at quarterback."

Not long ago, Robert lived for five years in Northern California, when the 49ers were just an average team. He never thought much of Smith being selected with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and still wasn't impressed after Smith nearly led the 49ers to the Super Bowl two years ago and was 6-1-1 when he got hurt last season and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick.

Now, though, Robert figures Smith might just lead the Chiefs back to the playoffs.

And he's happy to point out that Smith has won two more games than Kaepernick.

Today's poll

Which quarterback will lead his team to more wins this season?

• Colin Kaepernick

• Alex Smith

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to

Tuesday's results

Do you plan to watch the entire Raiders game Sunday night?

• Yes: 40%

• No: 60%

Total votes: 163

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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