“It was going to end the game and he scrambled out of the pocket and I had a chance to dive for him and I didn’t,” said Smith, who had four tackles, three QB knockdowns and a half sack in the game. “That was one that I remember. If he does play this game, I know what I need to do in those situations.”
Now whether Smith gets his shot at redemption Sunday night remains anyone’s guess. Mahomes, now a week removed from dislocating his knee cap against Denver, practiced in a limited capacity on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Head coach Andy Reid has been ambiguous about Mahomes’ availability for Sunday, refusing to rule him out for the matchup with Green Bay. Still, Mahomes took the No. 2 reps behind veteran backup Matt Moore in Thursday’s practice.
Moore, 35, has thrown for 7,055 yards, 46 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in a 12-year NFL career spent mostly with Carolina and Miami. He spent last season out of football, but signed with Kansas City after backup Chad Henne was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Moore completed 10-of-19 passes for 117 yards in relief of Mahomes, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to Hill near the end of the third quarter.
“You have to give him his respect,” linebacker Preston Smith said. “He’s getting the job done and is able to make plays. They still have some weapons on this offense to make them be successful and allow him to be in the pocket and make plays in their system.”
While Mahomes has been at the controls of the NFL’s top-ranked passing offense that’s putting up 28.9 points per game this season, he’s not the only difference-maker the Packers’ defense must account for.