Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; General view of Kansas City Chiefs helmet before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Chargers Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads

Yesterday’s contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers was quite the game. Nevermind the back and forth scoring. Nevermind the fact that the Chargers were in the position to control their own destiny in regards to the playoffs. Nevermind the late game drama with a missed field goal, fake punt in overtime and scrambling, desperate 4th and forever play that ended the game for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs as an organization had nothing to play for yesterday, and thus rested 20 of their 22 starters. That gave 20 players the opportunity to start an NFL game in the regular season. Most of these guys may never get that chance again. The Chiefs played their backups and nearly — should have — beat the Chargers. While they played great football as a team, there are three guys that stuck out and earned their Arrowheads this week.

Arrowhead #3: A.J. Jenkins, WR

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (15) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jenkins caught three passes yesterday for 67 yards, leading the Chiefs in receiving yardage on the day. However, 48 of those yards came on one huge pass play on the first drive when Jenkins hauled in a deep pass, setting up the Knile Davis touchdown one play later. This young man is gaining confidence and in his limited capacity on the Chiefs has outperformed the player he was traded for — Jon Baldwin — perhaps foreshadowing things to come next year.

Arrowhead  #2: Knile Davis, RB

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) celebrates his 2nd quarter touchdown run against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a lot of talk in the last couple of weeks in regards to what kind of a backup running back Knile Davis would be to Jamaal Charles. Many thought it was a reach to take Davis in the third round of the draft. With Davis’ fumbling problems and injury history, many thought he would be a bust before they ever saw him play. Those fears were realized last week when he touched the ball four times and fumbled twice. However, yesterday, Davis looked like a back that could start on just about any roster in the NFL. He ran smart, waited for blocks and powered when he had to. He ran for 81 yards and two scores and reignited the hopes that he can back up Charles going into the playoffs and beyond.

Arrowhead #1: Chase Daniel, QB

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster (22) celebrates with quarterback Chase Daniel (10) after a score during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest question marks during the offseason signings was when Chiefs general manager John Dorsey brought Daniel in to be Alex Smith’s backup quarterback to the tune of three million dollars a year. Yes, Daniel learned under Drew Brees in New Orleans. Yes, Daniel is a Mizzou alumni, and thus this was a homecoming for him. But, that’s a lot of money to pay a guy to hold a clipboard. Yesterday, Chase proved that should Smith go down — you all better knock on some wood — he can effectively handle the Chiefs offense. Daniel moved the ball well when he was on the field and completed the day with a respectable stat line, completing 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the biggest stat here though is, just as the guy who he understudies doesn’t turn the ball over, neither did Daniel. That’s huge.

There they are, Addicts. Your Arrowhead earners for Week 17. Can’t wait to see who we’ll give them to next week after the Chiefs first post season game!

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  • Arrowhead Magic

    I was definitely pleased with the play of all three of these guys and many others too. But Chase needs to be a little more aware of where the line of scrimmage is. I think on at least two different occasions he pumped like he was going to throw when he had crossed the line before he took off. And then on the last play, he actually threw it, but beyond that I had no complaint with how he played, considering he was playing with a team of backups..

    • KCMikeG

      Agreed. He needs to be more aware as there was another play where he should have been called for flipping the ball towards Davis when he was already passed the line. I think if #81 could have stumbled into someone other than Chase – preferably a dolt player – he may have been able to run for the first down on 4th & 15. I was shocked at how well Chase played. I had not been pleased with what I had seen from him in camp and preseason so his play was huge to me. Just imagine if he had played with our starters. Still would have liked to see Bray get some work but with the way the game was going I think CD deserved the chance to win it and would have if not for Succop and the refs.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I’m good w/Daniel and Davis, but I think Ron Parker was much more impressive than Jenkins. I thought Parker had the best day at CB of any Chief since the bye week.

    • KCMikeG

      Agreed. Parker has been contributing all year in spot duty as a DB and on ST’s. He has two picks, 17 tackles, 3 PD and a sack/strip/fumble recovery against Romo. IMO he has great potential like Cooper. With a great FS to get their backs these youngsters could be our CB’s of the future.

  • Jordan

    Great game from all three of these guys but I feel the d- line had a hell of game more sacks than the starters put up against the same team and constant pressure that disrupted cry baby all day that was exciting!

    • freshmeat62

      I have to agree, but I think I’d include the whole D. The secondary, except Lewis who still missed tackles, played better than the starters a few weeks ago. Heck I was impressed w/ the way the whole team played.

  • Phillip Maxwell

    I think there might be a few starters that woke up nervous today.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I agree with all three but would love to give a 4th to Parker

  • Gene Haigler

    I thk the chiefs coaching staff needs a Arrowhead…everyone was bashing them for not trying to win the game…if one of the two calls we correct we win this game