Week 5of the 2017NFL season began without a clear early frontrunner in the MVP race.It ended with Alex Smith taking the lead.Of course, plenty will change between now and when final ballots are cast by 50 A sociated Pre s voters (including yours truly) right after the regular season ends. Solid cases also can be made for worthy candidates like Green Bays Aaron Rodgers, New Englands Tom Brady and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who is Smiths teammate in Kansas City. Others like Carolinas Cam Newton, Sheldon Rankins Jersey New Orleans Drew Brees, Jacksonvilles Leonard Fournette and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams show signs of making a push as well.MORE: Who is rookie of the year leader?Smith, though, currently reigns supreme for a host of reasons. He is the quarterback for the NFLs only unbeaten team (5-0). His pa ser rating of 125.8 and 76.6 completion percentage are tops among any quarterback with at least two starts. Smith and Brees are the only QBs to start every game for their respective team without having committed a turnover Marcus Davenport Jersey .Smith also could hit some NFL milestones in Sundays game against visiting Pittsburgh (3-2). First, he can tie or exceed Randall Cunninghams record of 12 touchdown pa ses in the first six games of the season without an interception. Smith currently has 11 scoring to ses.Plus, Smith can join Rodgers (2011), Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only quarterbacks to post a pa ser rating of 100-plus in a seasons first six games. Rodgers and Brady would ultimately win MVP honors.Smith and Rodgers will forever be linked because they were the first two QBs selected in the 2005 draft. Rodgers, chosen at No. 24 by Green Bay long after Smith was the top overall pick by San Francisco, has forged a Pro Football Hall of Fame career by leading the Packers to a Super Bowl title and eight straight playoff appearances while ama sing a slew of memorable moments along the way. Although he averaged 10 wins the previous six seasons after blo soming later in his career, Smith hasnt proven as dynamic overall at the position.The 2017 season is different.A quarterback comparison by STATS shows Smith and Rodgers are neck-and-neck in a slew of quarterback categories. Smith also has displayed major improvement in the deep pa sing game. He has 14 completions of 20-plus yards after just 37 for the entire 2016 season. Smiths yards-per-completion also has jumped from 7.2 to 8.8 yards.The increase is partially linked to game- Men's Marcus Davenport Pro Line Jersey breaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill playing a larger role in the pa sing game than he did during his 2016 rookie campaign, along with Hunts emergence as a threat out of the backfield. But Smith also has made long throws that belie his traditionally conservative nature."Hes been able toThomas Morstead Jersey keep his turnovers down, Chiefscoach Andy Reid told media earlier this week. "I would tell you traditionally thats where hes been in his career even before he got here. But he is taking more shots down the field and his percentage is still low with the turnovers. Hes kept that where it needs to be.The timing of Smiths improved performance especially at age 33 is unexpected. If he had playedthis well in 2016, the Chiefs might not have jumped up in the first round ofAprils draft to select Patrick Mahomes as his eventual replacement.The type of season Smith is enjoying will make him an attractive offseason trade target for quarterback-needy teams if the Chiefs believe Mahomes is ready to play. But just like with all the MVP hype, Smith is trying to focus on the task at hand.That's leading Kansas City to its first Super Bowl appearance since the 1969 season.WEEK 6 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight up"The outside talk, you try to ignore the good and the bad, Smith said earlier this week. All these Week 5 power rankings, all this talk . We are in the middle of the season. There are a lot of games left. I think anytime you stop and reflect on that and are feeling good, thats probably not a sign of what is to come."For us, it is a little bit more about the path we are on, the direction we are heading and the bigger goal. Keeping our eye on that and knowing the only way to get there is out of a sense of urgency about how you go about your busine s.For the Chiefs and Smith, busine s Morten Andersen Jersey is good.Alex Marvez can be heard from 8 p.m. to midnight ET Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.