Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Eagles

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday 34-14 at Lincoln Financial Field.  There wasn’t much to like about the Chiefs effort, but here — for the third week in a row — are the best of the worst for Kansas City.

Offense: Jamaal Charles

If you only watched the plays Charles touched the ball, you would have no idea that the Chiefs only scored 14 points on 196 yards of total offense.  Running harder and making more people miss than Larry Johnson, Charles averaged 6 yards a carry.  Unfortunately for Charles — not to mention the Chiefs offense — he was only allowed to officially run the ball 6 times.  I say officially, because he also had a nifty touchdown run called back on a holding penalty.

He also saved one of the few big plays for Kansas City when he came back to catch a severely under thrown pass by wide receiver Mark Bradley on a reverse.  Charles managed to get up and pick up 26 yards on the play, but if the ball was on target he could have taken it to the house.

Charles will no doubt be the brightest star among a very dull outing when Todd Haley looks at the tape of this game tomorrow.  If I were Larry Johnson I would be very, very worried.

Defense: Mike Vrabel

On a day where there wasn’t much to like about the Chiefs defense, the 13 year veteran showed he is still capable of putting a solid game together.  He may have only had 4 tackles, but one of those was for a loss on running back LeSean McCoy on a day he wasn’t stopped much.  Vrabel also knocked down two passes including a Kolb pass on 4th down to give the ball back to the Kansas City offense.

In the second quarter with the Chiefs already down 14 points, Vrabel’s sack of Kolb should have forced a Philadelphia punt, but it was wiped out by a stupid face mask penalty by rookie cornerback Donald Washington

Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt

Far from his best, Colquitt still delivered a respectable day at the office.  Six of his nine kicks were good or better with three of them pinning the Eagles inside the 20 yard line.  Colquitt allowed his coverage unit to hold the dangerous Philadelphia return men to -3 yards on the day.  If any of the other Chiefs units converted at that rate, we certainly wouldn’t have seen such a bloodbath Sunday afternoon.

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