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Locals in the NFL: Week 5

Locals in the NFL: Week 5

By Craig Robinson, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Oct. 11, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Alex Smith continues to improve and had his best game so far this season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A big part of his success is due to the fact his O-line finally gave him the protection he needed and didn't give up a sack. It is pretty amazing what the guy can do when he has time to throw the ball.

In the blowout win Smith's QB rating was 127.2, going 11/19 with 170 yards and three TDs and no interceptions. The sad thing about his numbers is he was sitting on the bench of my fantasy football team while I had Ryan Fitzpatrick starting, and that was a mistake. This season is turning out to be Smith's best in his career, but let's hope he stays healthy.

Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver Austin Collie has yet to be much of a factor in any game this season. In Collie's previous two seasons he was able to help the Colts with some key plays, part of that is because Payton Manning was the quarterback. But with Manning out and Curtis Painter in, there has not been much chemistry between the two. Collie has also battled injuries this season and the last part of last season. Collie was the third leading pass catcher, although that is not saying much, on Sunday but he only had two catches for 50 yards and no TDs.

Now for a quick note to all defensive backs in the NFL - don't Mess with Steve Smith! Now who has not seen the highlight of Smith's TD catch on Sunday? It is a definite must see highlight. After Smith jumps over the defensive back to make the catch he then runs into the end zone untouched, that is until New Orleans' strong safety Roman Harper decides to hit Smith in the end zone. Then of course Smith, along with the rest of the Panthers, retaliates and a fight breaks out. The Panthers still lose the game but Smith continues to be the security blanket for Cam Newton and he is have a great year thus far.

Not many of the other local players had much of an impact. Here is a very short run down:

- Chris Hoke and Brett Keisel, both with the Steelers, each had two tackles.

- Eric Weddle had a solo tackle for the Chargers, not quite the game he had the previous two weeks.

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