Since the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders in gut wrenching fashion Sunday, we won’t be handing out our customary game balls.
Yet even in defeat, there were a few Chiefs players who had good performances and in my estimation, earned their arrowheads. Let’s take a look at KC’s best from Sunday.
Hali continues his “Tour of Terror” aimed at opposing team’s QBs. He notched another sack and plenty of pressures and kept Jason Campbell on the run all day. He is one of the team’s best players.
McGraw has one of the best games of his career, picking off a Jason Campbell pass and nearly snagging another one later. Looking 10 years younger the veteran flew all over the field in relief of Kendrick Lewis, defending 3 passes and finishing second on the team in tackles with 7.
Just a few weeks removed from the practice squad, Verran Tucker made a huge impact Sunday. He brought in a spectacular touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone and later recovered a fumble that set up the Chiefs’ go ahead score.
Gilberry continued his outstanding play as a pass rushing specialist, racking up a sack and teaming with Tamba Hali and Glenn Dorsey to create pressure all day long. Gilberry also had a fumble recovery.
Berry is starting to come into his own and the KC coaching staff appears to be getting a handle on how to use him best. Berry recorded 2 sacks Sunday, demonstrating incredible speed coming off the edge.
Charles did the best he could with the limited touches he received. The Raiders went without a safety much of the day and while the stacked box was able to shutdown Thomas Jones, they only managed to knock Charles down to 5.5 yards-per-carry instead of his customary 6.5. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, their most dynamic offensive weapon was drastically underutilized.
Tony Moeaki and Dwayne Bowe
These two are the team’s only two capable receivers. They teamed up for 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Alright Addicts. Those are the players I feel earned their arrowheads. Is anyone missing from the list?