The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the New York Giants yesterday 27-16 at Arrowhead Stadium.
One of these days we will get to hand out game balls after a victory… But until then here are the best of the worst.
Offense: Sean Ryan
It pains me to put Ryan here because his blocking was average at best and he was flagged for three penalties. But the only other player even mildly worthy on offense is Larry Johnson and he got the boot after completely giving up on a late pass route in the red zone.
Ryan had the Chiefs first touchdown of the day, but it was his play later in the game that set up Kansas City’s second touchdown that earned him a spot here. He caught a Cassel pass and took it all the way down to the 6, breaking tackles and carrying Giants players on his way. It’s that sort of hard nosed effort we need to see out of the Chiefs offense if they are going to take the next step and start picking up victories this season.
Defense: Tamba Hali
With the Giants up 7-0 and approaching midfield, Hali sacked and stripped Manning forcing a potentially early game-changing turnover. Unfortunately the Chiefs offense could not pick up any momentum and only mustered a field goal working with the short field.
Hali kept up his effort all game, especially looking good rushing off the edge when playing with his hand on the ground. He still needs to improve his coverage skills, but with no one else on the front seven showing much in the way of pass rushing skills, Hali will have to continue to make his impact with pressure on the quarterback going forward.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
Finding Colquitt here is just as much an indictment of the Chiefs return game as it is applauding his effort. Don’t get me wrong, Dusty had another great game and continues to establish himself as one of the best punters in the NFL. But when one return man turns the ball over (without the ball being touched) on the first play of the game and your punt returner totals 9 yards, Colquitt wins going away.
Ryan Succop made his only field goal and extra point, but failed on the Chiefs two on sides attempts and with the score being what it was, unfortunately didn’t impact the game as much as Colquitt.