We begrudgingly continue with our weekly “Earning Their Arrowheads” series, a column meant to recognize the Chiefs’ coaches and players who pulled their weight in the previous week’s game.
This may not come as a surprise, but this is going to be a short list.
1. Justin Houston
On a team with absolutely no consistency or passion, Justin Houston is one of the only players who looks like he gives a damn. He was good for one QB hit, two pressures, four stops and five tackles against the Bills. Pro Football Focus gave him a +2.1 grade on the day. He has a +2.5 mark on the season and is one of the few Chiefs defenders trending upward instead of straight to hell.
2. Stanford Routt
Routt has held his own in a horrid secondary. He allowed only two receptions for 34 yards Sunday. He also defended a pass.
3. Branden Albert
Despite giving up a crucial sack against the Falcons, Albert has been one of KC’s best players this season. PFF gives him an overall grade of +5.2, which is the highest of any player on the team thus far. He turned in a +3.1 grade vs. the Bills. He gave up only one hurry Sunday. His run blocking has been average but his pass blocking has been above average in both games. His sack hurt vs. the Atlanta but many a good tackle has gotten beat by John Abraham.
4. Kevin Boss
Hopefully Boss is ok. He nearly got his neck broken Sunday and he still managed to hold onto the ball. He’s been terrific and the Chiefs need him back on the field.
That’s it for this week. To be honest with you, I’m shocked we even got to four.