Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Bengals

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their fifth game in a row today, this time 17-10 to the AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals.  The Chiefs defense rebounded from their worst effort of the season with a respectable day at the office.  Unfortunately the offense couldn’t build on their solid all-around performance from a week ago and constantly stalled.  As has become a common theme this season in Kansas City, a defensive stand here or a better pass there and the outcome could have went the other way.

You know the drill at this point…  Here are the best of the worst on offense, defense and special teams.

Offense: Jamaal Charles

The Chiefs couldn’t get much rhythm going on offense, but Charles continued to show why he is one of the best young running backs in the league.  Facing the second best rushing defenses in the league, Charles racked up 102 yards for a 4.3.  Two weeks earlier, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson only managed 97 yards against that same Bengals defense.

While he was never able to officially break a long run, Charles did take a late first quarter hand off 42 yards to inside the Bengals 30 but it was called back due to a holding call on Branden Albert.  The Chiefs punted 4 plays later.

Charles’ streak of three 100-yard games is the longest since Larry Johnson had four straight in 2006.  He will need 139 yards in Kansas City’s final game to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season.

Defense: Brandon Flowers

When you talk about guts, you have to be talking about Flowers.  Playing in obvious pain, the Chiefs best player on defense never backed away from contact in the passing game or on the ground.  He was credited with 5 tackles but was around the ball all day long and had two very impressive plays to break up sure fire completions.

Todd Haley and everyone around the Chiefs have talked about players getting “it”.  Well, it’s pretty clear that Flowers get “it”.  No one would have held it against him if he called it a day after being helped off the field when he aggravated his shoulder injury.  But Flowers would have none of it, coming right back on the field with his shoulder re-wrapped fighting tooth and nail to help get the Chiefs their 4th victory.

Special Teams: Ryan Succop

This honor very easily could have gone to Dustin Colquitt after he added to 3 more to his team record of punts inside the 20.  Or his illegal kick of a bad Thomas Gafford snap that likely saved the Chiefs 4 points.  But all Ryan Succop has done is continue his near perfect rookie season and this week he set a record in the process.

With his 22nd FG of the season, Succop passed Jan Stenerud for the most made FGs by a rookie in Chiefs history.  He also now has 90 points, third most by a rookie kicker in team history.  If Kansas City had any sort of consistent offense, he would have already shattered all rookie kicker records.

Think about it, Succop has only missed 4 kicks this season (FG and XP) with 3 of those being field goal attempts of over 50 yards.  He currently ranks 10th in accuracy among kickers with at least 20 FG attempts.

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