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Chiefs vs. Redskins Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads

Last week I incited a small internet riot of sorts when I said that I wouldn’t write the traditional “Earning Their Arrowheads” piece as long as the Chiefs were on a losing skid.

Some of you agreed with my logic, while others, well, didn’t. Either way, the Chiefs responded in a big way on the field, and the losing skid is no more.

Kansas City beat the Washington Redskins is resounding fashion, 45-10, and in the process, many of us here at Arrowhead Addict felt that the Chiefs made a statement.

When all three phases of this team are clicking, the Chiefs will be very dangerous to beat.

I think it’s only fair that I take full credit for the win, because it’s rather obvious that my protest against the team was what really turned this thing around. Some of you may have to click this link before rushing on down to the comment section, but if you’re picking up what I’m putting down; let’s get on to the Arrowheads.


Arrowhead #3: Jamaal Charles, RB

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Jamaal Charles is simply one of the best players in the NFL, and he’s the MVP of this Chiefs’ offense. He can truly do it all, and once again, Charles proved that in a big way against Washington. He rushed for 151 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries; which means he averaged  an incredible 7.9 yards a touch.

You’ve gotta give credit to the offensive line for much of Charles success, but his running ability is undeniable. Charles can pound it between the tackles for a few tough yards, or bounce it outside, make a defender or two miss and turn on the burners. He really is a complete back.

To further prove that point, Charles added two catches and one touchdown through the air.


Arrowhead #2: Tamba Hali, OLB / Tyson Jackson, DE

The reason I put Tamba Hali and Tyson Jackson here as the No. 2 Arrowhead, in front of Charles, is because of the context. Kansas City’s defense struggled mightily at getting after the quarterback during the losing streak, but it broke out in a big way against Washington.

The Chiefs’ defense as a unit sacked the quarterback six times, and Hali and Jackson were responsible for four of those sacks; notching two each.

The big picture here is impressive as well. With his two sacks, Hali jumped over Art Still and is now ranked No. 3 on the Chiefs’ list of All-Time sack leaders with 73.5 career sacks. Hali is only behind Derrick Thomas (126.5) and Neil Smith (86.5).


Arrowhead #1: Dexter McCluster, PR/WR

Dexter McCluster was a huge catalyst for the Chiefs this past Sunday, and he made his presence known on both offense and special teams. Obviously, it was his special teams performance that stood out the most, though.

McCluster returned seven punts against the Redskins, and he totaled 177 net return yards. That included a 74-yard punt return that he took back to the house for a touchdown. He averaged 25.3 yards per return.

He also caught four catches for 22 yards on offense, which solidified an all-around stellar performance.


Agree or disagree with the Arrowheads this week? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Jason Seibel

    Great picks, Andrew and glad they’re back. I would be willing to give on Arrowhead to the entire Chiefs offensive line as you mentioned. Breaking JC free for 151 is good enough to warrant a nod, but the fact that Alex Smith wasn’t sacked a single time is reason to celebrate.

    • micah stephenson

      They havnt givin up many sacks lately. With a QB like Alex they Can’t afford to give up any sacks. ;-) lol

      • jdilla415

        had to get that little jab in micah huh. you can’t go a week without saying something negative about smith. just givin you a hard time. maybe the playoffs can change your mind.

        • micah stephenson

          I try to b consistent lol.

          • RepOurChiefs

            Mission accomplished! Lol

        • micah stephenson

          I’m trying to resist but it ain’t easy lol.

  • berttheclock

    For anyone still questioning the Chiefs play of yesterday and what it really meant, I suggest you go to Pro Football Focus and read the latest ratings for the game. In an article written by Gordon Guinness, he begins his column by discussing how many were writing the Chiefs off as a one and done playoff team with little to ahead to look forward to for fans of the Chiefs.

    However, he, states “The best way to remedy that is to go out and put together a dominant performance and that’s exactly what they did when they visited the Redskins yesterday.”

    He awarded marks of plus 2.1 to DeVito, plus 2.5 to Poe, plus 3.1 to Jackson for his sacks, hurries and tackles, plus 3.2 to Hali and plus 3.0 to Derrick Johnson. On offense, he awarded a plus 3.0 to Charles. He raved about the Special Teams play, including comments about Dexter and Demps. For player of the game, he gave the game ball to Charles. On the Redskins side, he gave high marks of over plus 3.5 to Orakpo, who did play a dominant game.

    Andrew, I know you don’t usually read PFF, but, you are very much on the same page as Guinness.

    • Andrew Kulha

      I’ll check it out. Thanks bert

    • Battlespeed

      3.5 to Orakpo is a laugh if you’re giving Hali 3.2. Orakpo did okay, but he came late to almost every tackle he made. I give him 3.0, tops.

  • micah stephenson

    Dexter definitely shud b #1. Charles #2. Then the Oline as a whole #3

  • Justin R Groth

    Anyone notice that on the kor by demps Niles stopped to make a block thencaught demps again to make the final block? Kid is fast.

    • berttheclock

      Great point. Toub, who coached Hester in Chicago, said he had never coached a player such as Davis who combined such power and speed. He went on to say he liked the fact he had both Demps and Davis as his returners and would use both in formations. Perhaps, one day we will see the old reverse used after the returner catches the ball.

    • RepOurChiefs

      I went back to look after I read this. Wow. Nough said.

  • KCMikeG

    Sure glad the powers that be didn’t give up on McCluster like so many others had. He is #1 in the NFL in PR yards and TD’s and has contributed over a 1,000 yards of total offense. Can’t believe there was talk of if there was a spot for him on our team. Thank you Andy for seeing the potential and for using him effectively.

    • Norman Gunn

      I thought he should be cut going into the season. One reason being is that he is too short. He missed a diving catch in the same game that a taller receiver would have made. That being said McCluster has proven me wrong. He is an asset for this team, and honest can get pretty good separation in the passing game.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Right. .he is valuable as long as he is being used in the proper way. I was scared that Reid wouldnt have a place for him in the offense meaning (not knowing what to do with him) and im glad I was wrong also.

  • Jim Harper

    Truth be told you would have to give out 53 arrowheads because this was a total team effort. Hell, give them to the practice squad as well because they were equally responsible for getting this team prepared. Go Awesome Chiefs!

    • Battlespeed

      Agreed. And I don’t think Fisher should be omitted from special mention this week, especially being as some of us are so quick to give him “special mention” when he gets beat. He was downfield throwing good blocks more than once, including a key block on the TD run by Charles.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Sorry Andrew. Im afraid I will be keeping my arrowheads this week. Ive never been more embarrassed by this Chiefs team. How dare they get those uniforms that filthy!!! Im sick of these minimum attemps to stay upright! Until NO ONE falls down during plays I will not be giving any arrowheads. And I know some of you will argue that I should give them out to those deserving like Mr Reid or Culquit and Succup but this is a team effort ppl! LOL.. Welcome back Arrowheads and digging the choices Andrew.