After the defense and special teams carried the Chiefs through the first two games of the season, Kansas City put together the most complete effort we have seen in years. The result was a 31-10 victory over the 49ers.
The defense was dominant, offense put points on the board and special teams kept the battle of field position under control all game. Considering how the Chiefs had won over the first two weeks and just how desperate San Francisco was for their first win, that makes this performance that much more impressive.
This is a game that Todd Haley and his coaching staff should keep in their back pocket any time they need to show the Chiefs what they are looking for every single day. Rarely did this team take a play off and make it easy for the 49ers.
Definitely one of the toughest decisions I’ve had since we started handing out Game Balls, in a good way!
Offense: Matt Cassel
There wasn’t a player more in need of a big game than Cassel and boy did he deliver. After struggling early on he finished with 250 yards and 3 touchdowns to go with only 1 interception.
For the first time this season, Cassel not only used all of his weapons but sent the ball downfield including two spectacular plays. The first was perfectly placed in the back of the end zone where only Tony Moeaki could get to it and the tight end made a spectacular catch. The second was a gadget play out of the wildcat in which Cassel hit a side open Dwayne Bowe.
After struggling so much, this was exactly what the doctor ordered for Cassel as the Chiefs head into the bye.
Defense: Brandon Flowers
Just when you think he can’t get any better, Flowers puts together a game like the one against San Francisco.
Flowers was only credited with 2 tackles, but he spent the day completely shutting down his side of the field. To go along with three brilliant pass breakups, Flowers had an interception while he was on the ground that most defensive backs wouldn’t have the coordination to make.
The NFL might not be printing “Flowers Island” t-shirts, but hopefully the national media starts to recognize that they need to include him when they discuss the league’s elite cornerbacks.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
The Chiefs offense only had to punt four times after averaging 7.5 over the first two games. Three of those punts ended up inside the 20 thanks to a fantastic day from Colquitt. The only ball he didn’t put inside the 20 was fielded at the 22 and ended up being brought back to the 12 thanks to a penalty.
Like Flowers, Colquitt wants to be mentioned with the best at his position and he looked every bit deserving of that today at Arrowhead.