Don’t look now, but the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 and remain alone atop the AFC West. It may have been one of the ugliest games you’ll see, but a win is a win and the Chiefs will take it.
Last week the Chiefs pulled out the victory thanks to big plays in every phase of the game. This time around, it was one big play from Brandon Flowers, a whole lot of luck and a gutsy 4th and 1 call late in the game.
Matt Cassel was awful in the first half and serviceable in the second. Not exactly the type of descriptions you want for your starting quarterback. On the ground it wasn’t much better with Jamaal Charles ignored by Todd Haley for most of the game.
Again, not a tape the NFL will save for the vault, but there are still game balls to be given out to the best on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Thomas Jones
There was very little to like about the Chiefs offense against the Browns. Thomas Jones was a big part of the problem, averaging only 3.8 a carry on 22 carries while Charles sat on the sidelines. However, when the game was on the line in the final minute it was Jones flying over the line to convert on 4th and short to help Kansas City lock up the victory.
I love that Jones is the grind-it-out back. Every team needs one, the Chiefs certainly could have used one last year to go with Charles. I just wish that he was used only as that type of back and not pushed the Chiefs most explosive offensive player to the sidelines. It’s not his fault that Haley is using Charles as a backup, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take.
Defense: Brandon Flowers
Flowers did what the Chiefs offense couldn’t: score a touchdown.
In the second quarter, just after the Browns had taken a 7-3 lead, Flowers jumped a route for an interception and went untouched for 33 yards to the end zone.
Last season , he was a top flight corner playing with one good shoulder. Now fully healthy, Flower continues to prove that he will soon belong in the conversation as one of the best in the league.
Special Teams: Ryan Succop
To be fair, Succop probably deserves the game ball on offense as well. Against the Browns, the Chiefs kicker was responsible for 9 points, which was 9 more than the Kansas City offense.
You never want to brag about how good your kicker is because it probably means your offense isn’t lighting the world on fire (Hello, Oakland) but Succop has now hit on over 87% of his field goals since entering the NFL as “Mr. Irrelevant”.