Chiefs VS. Texans: Game Balls

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) and safety Donald Washington (27) during their NFL football game in Houston October 17, 2010. REUTERS/Richard Carson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost in agonizing fashion to the Houston Texans Sunday but they are still in the driver’s seat in the AFC West. The rest of the division lost yesterday as well meaning the Chiefs still maintain their 1 ½ game lead.

While the Chiefs didn’t play well enough to win Sunday there were many positive signs so we are going to hand out some game balls anyway.

Offense:

Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel has to get a game ball here. The Chiefs QB has faced much deserved criticism for his uninspired play as of late but Sunday Cassel played a tremendous football game. He took control of the offense completing 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was arguably Cassel’s most efficient game as a Chiefs. He looked comfortable and sure of himself in the pocket and for the most part he delivered the ball with solid accuracy. In particular, his touchdown to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone was one of the better throws I have seen him make.

If Cassel can continue to play like he did in Houston the Chiefs will be very difficult to beat.

Dwayne Bowe

What a game by Dwayne Bowe. After being the goat of last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bowe rebounded in spectacular fashion reeling in 6 Matt Cassel passes for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bowe got excellent separation and showed sure hands throughout the game.

Even more impressive was the fact that Bowe was the only legit WR on the field for the Chiefs. Chris Chambers sat out with a finger injury leaving Bowe to team up with Terrance Copper and Jeremy Horne.

Bowe, like Cassel, will need to show consistency before the Chiefs can get comfortable but Sunday was an excellent step in the right direction for the embattled receiver. He did enough to help his team win Sunday.

Defense:

The Referees

The Refs really showed up for the Texans on Sunday. From ignoring blatant holding calls on Tamba Haley to phantom pass interference calls on Brandon Flowers, the officials did an awful job.

I’m not blaming KC’s loss on penalties. Every team has to deal with bad calls throughout the season and good teams are able to rise above them. The Chiefs couldn’t do that yesterday and this they lost. Hopefully they will learn from this and realize they need to make their own luck.

As such, I can’t give a game ball to anyone on the defense for yesterday so I might as well give it to the refs.

Special Teams:

Dustin Collquit

Another fantastic day from Dustin Colquitt who continuously put the Chiefs defense in favorable field position. Dustin averaged 50.1 yards per punt including a beautiful 59 yarder that ran the return man out of bounds.

Alright it is your turn Addicts. Who gets your game balls for yesterday’s loss to the Texans?

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