Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Chargers

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the San Diego Chargers 37-7 at Arrowhead Stadium yesterday.  After finally getting a victory last week, the Chiefs returned to their losing ways with what could have been their ugliest game of the year.

Once again game balls go to the best of the worst.

Offense: Bobby Wade

Dwayne Bowe made the best catch of the game and was in the running, but like most balls thrown his way he let it hit him in the hands and dropped it.  That leaves Wade as this week’s recipient of the offensive game ball.  And that is an appropriate line because the offense was pretty offensive.

Wade finished the day with four catches for 66 yards, including a 24 yard scamper on the Chiefs only touchdown drive.  When an offense only puts up 82 yards passing, 66 is a great number to have next to your name.

Defense: Corey Mays

The fourth-year linebacker lead the Chiefs defense with 7 tackles with two of them coming on a huge goal line stand following a Matt Cassel interception inside put the Chargers on the Kansas City 2 yard line.  Mays did, however, also contribute to the San Diego’s first touchdown drive with an unnecessary roughness penalty.

I know there haven’t been a ton of positives to take away from this season, but finding out that Mays is a real player has to be near the top of the list.

Special Teams: Jamaal Charles

He may have only had an average day returning kicks, but compare that to the team effort as a whole and he looks like a superstar.  Late in the game Charles took a kick 45 yards and every game he seems one block away from finally taking one to the house.

Charles also had two special teams tackles on Darren Sproles.  The first was on the kickoff immediately following the Chiefs only touchdown of the day.  For the first time all day it seemed like Kansas City could have a chance to get back in the game and the kickoff unit had to make sure the Chargers didn’t take the momentum back right away with a long return by Sproles.  Instead of a long return it was a long catch and run by Sproles that took care of that, but the special teams unit did it’s job.  Later in the quarter Charles took out Sproles again on a Dustin Colquitt punt.

Don’t worry, Charles made plenty of his own mistakes.  In the fourth quarter he missed a block on Jacob Hester on a Colquitt punt.  Hester blocked the punt and recovered the ball for the touchdown that put an exclamation point on the 30 point blow out.

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