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Chiefs vs. Browns Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads

The Kansas City Chiefs are 8-0. It hasn’t always been pretty and not every game has come easy, but at the end of the day, the Chiefs have found a way to win eight of the 16 games on their regular season schedule.

That’s an accomplishment, no matter how you look at it.

8-0 didn’t come easy though. Give all the credit in the world to the Browns. Cleveland came out this past weekend and gave the Chiefs a fight. Kansas City got up early and looked ready to roll, but the Browns’ defense stepped up and Jason Campbell got the ball to his playmakers on offense. Cleveland made it a game.

Still, led by the defense (no surprise) Kansas City found a way to pull out a 23-17 win, and the rest, as they say, will go down in history.

Up next are Bills, in Buffalo, but before we wrap up week eight, let’s hand out the Arrowheads:


Arrowhead #3:  Ryan Succop, K 

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Sure, Ryan Succop did miss one field goal that could have made this win a lot easier for the Chiefs, but the fact remains that he put up 11 points for Kansas City, and eventually put the game out of the Brown’s reach.

We all know that Kansas City’s offense can struggle scoring touchdowns at times, but Succop has done his part, being pretty consistent for the most part. He was 3-of-4 against the Browns and is 15-of-18 on the season.


Arrowhead #2: Dexter McCluster, WR 

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Outside of one bad fumble on a punt return that Kansas City recovered, Dexter McCluster was great for the Chiefs on Sunday. He even finally got into the end zone on offense, making a great diving catch on an Alex Smith throw that was a tad bit high.

McCluster led the team in receptions against Cleveland, tallying seven catches for 67 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. He also ran the ball once for five yards, and returned five punts for 38 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per return. McCluster was the spark plug Kansas City needed on Sunday.


Arrowhead #1:  Derrick Johnson, MLB 

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Veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson was once again solid and spectacular for the Chiefs. He led the team in tackles with 12, and also notched two tackles for a loss and a quarterback hit.

Johnson was simply everywhere for Kansas City’s defense, and this was on a day when they needed him to step up. Both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali had mediocre showings, and the defense was gashed at times by a quick Cleveland offense.

Without Johnson’s veteran presence and his hard-hitting mentality in the middle, the Chiefs may not be 8-0 today.

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  • freshmeat62

    KC’s D yesterday, while I’m sure most teams would be thrilled w/ the results, looked rather mediocre compared to the standards they have set this year. The previous 7 weeks have spoiled us. I’m wondering if it was from the play calling more than the effort or performance of the players. It looked to me that they played a lot more zone,and Campbell was hitting the gaps, and were less aggressive in attacking, until late in the game.

    • Danny W

      Right I think quick slant passes is the remedy to this top defense. Every team has a way to get through with points on the team. I think Sutton is sitting them back too, didn’t see a whole lot of exotic blitzing this game.

  • berttheclock

    PuHLeeze- Mediocre showings by Hali and Houston? You coach running backs. You analyze plays. Did you not see what Cleveland was doing with Campbell? They had him throw very quickly to his first target which was usually a slant, or in the case of one throw to Cameron, Cameron went into the first defender and did a great reverse pivot to his right. Campbell was not going through progressions until very late in the game. His first TD pass was on a flea flicker where the defensive linemen held up their rush and concentrated on McGahee. BTW, on one of those “mediocre” showings by Hali, he was held by Thomas and a flag was thrown. Otherwise, he would have sacked Campbell. At other times, Campbell looked a bit like Houdini escaping the rush. But, did you notice one important thing? When, the chips were down in the 4th quarter, the pass rush escalated and the down field pass defense was fierce.

    • Jim Harper

      You hit the nail on the head Bert. The defense has still not allowed any team to put up more than 17 points, and the only reason they got the 17 was because of Sean Smith getting burned on the flea flicker. That was the only time he got beat. I would give the Arrowheads to the defense which came up big when they had to. I would also give one to Alex Smith for playing a great game despite getting sacked either 5 or 6 times. His pass to McCluster was a bullit perfect throw. Speaking of McCluster he gets my 3rd Arrowhead for not only making that catch, but 6 others. Amazing!

    • Andrew Kulha

      Let me edit my though because you’re correct. Mediocre statistical showing compared to what we’re used to seeing.

  • Rob Acridge

    I noticed alot of calls were not being made, there were two pick plays in particular one of which went for a touch down I think, isnt that what its called when a reciever hits a defender that is covering another reciever to knock him off the route? Wish I had NFL rewind, but there were several of those yesterday that were not called against the Browns.

    • formerbagger

      The Browns are pikers when compared to the masters of the pick play–the Denver Broncos. You will cringe when you see the uncalled picks when they play the Chiefs.

  • berttheclock

    Derrick Johnson played like a man possessed much of the time. He made several great tackles which kept Cleveland from making needed first downs. Great leader.

    However, one sad note for the Browns. The reason Bess was in for punt returns is because they lost their top returned to a season ending ACL tear in the 3rd quarter.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    What? No arrowhead for Davone Bess? He earned one!