Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) warms up before the start of the the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Raiders: Who Will Be Kansas City's MVP?


So far this season, the Kansas City Chiefs have gotten contributions from handful of different players, and it’s yielded great results. Each week it seems someone new has stepped up and made a play. Whether that’s been a marquee guy like Alex Smith or Jamaal Charles, or role players such as Marcus Cooper or Sean “Bloodbath” McGrath – someone has stepped up and made plays when the team needed them most. So, that sparks the question: who will it be this week?

Below is my list of candidates. Some are obvious, some are less obvious but as we all know, big plays can come from anyone on the field.

Dwayne Bowe

Bowe has yet to have a “breakout game” this season, and I feel as if he’s overdue. Last week, he had a would-be touchdown stolen from him by his pinky toe. Perhaps this week, he’ll have a bit more luck.  Donnie Avery has been a great addition to this offense, but Bowe is the pack leader here and if the offense is going to grow, they have to get their big-play receiver revved-up and making plays.

Frank Zombo

If Houston isn’t cleared to play by Sunday, his duties will fall to the former Packer Frank Zombo. Zombo would have the difficult task of keeping contain on the fleet-footed Terrelle Pryor. Should Houston not go on Sunday, the Chiefs will need a long stretch of solid play from the 4th-year man out of Central Michigan.

Quintin Demps 

Demps plays a whole lot on defense, and has returned the majority of Kansas City’s kicks. In 4 of the Chiefs’ 5 contests this year, KC has scored on special teams or defense. So, how’s this for a scenario: Demps returns a kick for 6 AND records an interception. I’m not saying this will happen. Nor am I saying that it’s probable. It is, however, quite possible and would most likely  make Demps the MVP of the game. Why? Because forcing turnovers and scoring on special teams wins games.

Jamaal Charles

Let’s face it, this is the most likely. Charles is the pacemaker for this offense and barring injury, that shouldn’t change. It’s to the point where I almost expect a touchdown, at least 5 catches and 100+ total yards from Charles every week, regardless of the opponent. That’s frightening to say. Chances are good Charles is your MVP on Sunday.

What say you, Addicts?

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  • Tony Harris

    Picking anyone other than Charles as the front runner for MVP would be crazy. As much as people talk about him this year.. it still is not enough. He is having an absolute career year and puts up consistent numbers and clutch plays for us. I can’t say enough about him. But if there was anyone other than him, I would say either Bowe-McCluster. Smith is starting to get more comfortable with airing it out and one of these two are due for a breakout game. Add DMC returning punts as well and he could be a huge factor in the outcome of this game.

  • Dustin Matz

    I know the numbers are there for Charles this year but it doesn’t feel like he’s having a career year to me, even tho he’s the heart of the offense. Why? Well because he doesn’t quite get the carries he used to, he’s getting more passes instead obviously but the big reason is…HE HASN’T BUSTED A SINGLE BIG ONE TO THE HOUSE YET….every week I keep telling my dad it’s gonna happen he’s way overdue…every week is just “short” gains. Him and Bowe need a breakout game and what better week toget this Rollin’ than when Arrowhead goes for the world record in crowd noise!!! Wishful thinking I guess

  • berttheclock

    I am not going to select a MVP, but, I will go out on a limb and say watch out for A J Jenkins to really contribute. The Chiefs have been working him into their offense and giving him much needed confidence. Many fans forget he has legitimate speed and as Dennis Allen does not like to play prevent, look for Jenkins to slip past one of their DBs on a fly pattern.

    Should this not work for the Raiders game, I will keep repeating for every dang game after that until the sucker works. This will not become another Emily Latelle moment.

    • tm1946

      Great idea, last week Hall was catching passes and he is supposedly behind Jenkins on depth chart. It would be the right time for Jenkins to join the rest of the team producing.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Feel like it has to be Berry/Flowers/Smith… One of our DB’s needs to have a monster game… Just absolutely terrorize Pryor… Pryor knows he will have to deal with Hali/Poe/Houston… ( I think he plays )… So we will need our DB’s to setup and ensure Pryor doesn’t kill us through the air… It’s really the Raiders only weapon…. Only hope… No real RB… No real weapons but Pryor..

    Go Chiefs!

    • Michael Shaw

      They are saying McFadden is going to play and he can hit a homerun once in a while.

      • Chris Tarrants

        So did Ozzie Smith but you couldnt rely on it

    • KCMikeG

      They haven’t played a defense as great as ours yet. Poe will dominate the middle and if Sutton coaches up Hali & Houston to not over run the pass rush on the edges they will pancake his ass all day long. With Berry spying Pryor as an insurance policy will seal the deal and make it a long painful day for the faiders.

  • PunjabiPete

    My son said final score, Chiefs 48, Raiders -2. I just put the house up on those betting odds, I can see no problem with this.

    • Michael Shaw

      LOL!!! Did he explain how Oakland gets the -2??

      • PunjabiPete

        He said they would offer 2 points if Andy Reid benches Dontari Poe :)

        • sidibeke

          Oh, that’ s too low. We should hold out for 7.

  • Michael Shaw

    YES!!!! The Bloodbath McGrath has stuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • chiefin’ainteasy

      Hope everyone picks up on it! Much better than calling him after the garbage that is Duck Dynasty!

      • P Heitman

        I totally agree.

      • KCMikeG

        He even said he doesn’t watch the show. The KC media should pay attention and let that one go. I love Mitch Holtus but he had that one planned out before the game but should have done his home work.

    • sidibeke

      Well, he does look a little like a horror movie chainsaw killer.

  • Michael Shaw

    Nice piece Paul. I like your picks, but I think another person could be selected as well. I say Alex Smith is due for a 400 yard game with Bowe, McCluster, Avery and Jenkins getting 75 or more yards in the game each and maybe 1 TD to each. Too much has been made about Alex not going deep and him only being a Captain Check down (Which I don’t mind as long as the INT’s are low and we win!!), so I can see the Chiefs going for the jugular against our worst rivals of all time!!!! Andy needs a game to blow a team out and I would LOVE it to be the Faiders!!!!!!! Ok, I am now back to my favorite part of this post……………..GO BLOODBATH MCGRATH!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KCMikeG

      Although we did blow out the NYG’s by 24 points it was intense and far too frustrating in the 3rd quarter. I like a blow out more like the Jag’s 26 point that was so much fun!

    • KCMikeG

      Just the facts: faiders pass defense is allowing over 72% completions, almost 270 yard per game and 9 TD’s. With the 12th man in drowning the hapless black hole gang, our defense and ST’s will set up the offense with turnovers/field position and points while AS11 has a career day making everyone in KC laugh about a couple of #2 picks and an entire city by the bay weep in unison.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Going on a limb here sand going to say Junior Hemmingway leads the way to victory!

    • KCMikeG

      I love it! And Junior too! I liked him in camp last year and then he got hurt. I had high hopes for him this year again but he hasn’t gotten the reps I had hoped. His TD catch was great and he doesn’t drop the ball. Spare me the Hall and Jenkins and serve me up some Hemingway please.

  • Tom Sparks

    I am going to make a guess that Alex Smith gets this one. It is time to really show Arrowhead who he is and what he can do. No better time our savvy, new QB to shine than vs. our hated, dark Division Rival at Arrowhead! I think Alex wants this one bad, for all the right reasons. To show the Kingdom Fans at Arrowhead how good he really is, to win our first Div. game, to reassure every player on the team that he is THE QB, and that he is sold-out for this team and that it is “his” team, but lastly, to show everybody that he is more than a “game manager”!
    If the O-line can do it’s job, as it needs too anyway, I can see Alex Smith having his best game, while holding the reins, for the Chiefs yet!
    GO ALEX….. GO CHIEFS……!!!!!! ps…… Go Sea of Red, shatter eardrums at Arrowhead!!!!!!