Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates with quarterback Alex Smith (11) after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Below are the Pro Football Focus grades for each of the starters and their rankings:
Alex Smith +0.7 (14th of 32)
Jamaal Charles +1.4 (9th of 45)
Charles got dinged by PFF for his inability to gain a bunch of rushing yards, netting a -0.8 grade on the ground. Still, Charles finished the afternoon with 103 total yards (57 rushing, 46 receiving) and a touchdown. If Charles rolls up 106 yards and a touchdown every game, sign me up.
Anthony Sherman -1.2 (15th of 17)
Albert Wilson -0.7 (60th of 89)
Jeremy Maclin -1.0 (69th of 89)
This was surprising to me. Maclin made five catches for 52 yards, which isn’t a huge game by any stretch but it isn’t awful either. He was also active in run blocking. I thought the grade might be more toward the average instead of negative.
Donald Stephenson +1.6 (16th to 58)
Stephenson was terrific. He dominatied at the point of attack and completely negated Jadeveon Clowney. We heard all week how much Clowney was going to disrupt the offense, and he was basically a hood ornament.
Jah Reid -2.9 (43rd of 58)
Ben Grubbs +0.6 (21st of 55)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif +0.1 (24th of 55)
Mitch Morse (1st of 26)
This is fantastic. Rodney Hudson’s departure was a major source of concern and justifiably so. Morse stepped in for his first NFL start and dominated Vince Wilfork, one of the best nose tackles to ever play. Wilfork is nearing the end of his career, but to hold him without a tackle is insane. Morse was also great at picking up blitzes and stunts. General manager John Dorsey might have hit with this pick.