Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Cowboys

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Dallas Cowboys 26-20 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium.

While we wait yet another week to be able to talk about a victory, here are the best of the worst from the Chiefs latest loss.

Offense: Matt Cassel

The story this week is going to be another heartbreaking loss for the Chiefs as they look for their first win of the season (and first since November of 2008).  But not to be overlooked is the gritty, clutch performance turned in by Cassel.  Does he need to get better?  Absolutely, but that can — and should — be said about the entire team including the coaching staff.

Cassel was hit over 20 times during the game but at no point did he look beaten down or ready to throw in the towel.  During the last drive in regulation Cassel took Kansas City from their own 26 all the way down to the Dallas goal line, completing five passes along the way.  The final play of the drive, a perfectly thrown TD to Dwayne Bowe on 4th down, is the type of effort that New England fans — not to mention Scott Pioli — saw plenty of last season and hopefully Chiefs fans will get to see more of for years to come.

Defense: Tamba Hali

A look at the box score will tell you that he was only credited with 1 tackle.  But for the second week in a row, Hali was the most consistent player on the field for the Chiefs defense.  He continues to improve his pass rush ability, something that seemed to all but disappear last season.  You can also see he is much more comfortable switching between a two and three point stance.

Special Teams: Ryan Succop

Jamaal Charles and Bobby Wade were non-factors in the return game and Dustin Colquitt had a terrible punt in overtime of only 29 yards.  That leads us to Succop.

He was 2 for 3 on his field goal attempts, hitting from 47 and 38 yards.  His third attempt was blocked, but due to no fault of his own.  The kick was blocked because Jay Ratliff was able to hurdle Mike Goff who never bothered to get out of his stance after the ball was snapped.  So as far as I’m concerned, Succop was perfect for the day, something we can’t say about anyone else on the team, including the usually reliable Colquitt.

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