Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Raiders

If there was ever a game to revoke handing out game balls, it could be yesterday with the Chiefs losing the home opener to the Raiders 13-10 in an ugly, ugly game.

But as I’ve said plenty in the past, it’s becoming old hat around Kansas City to try and find the best of the worst.

Offense: Dwayne Bowe


Bowe might not have started the game, but he tried to finish it.  In a game he seemed to catch every ball thrown his way, Bowe saved his best for the 4th quarter with a brilliant diving, over the shoulder 29 yard touchdown catch.

He still needs to be more involved in the offense, but on a day when 8 different players caught a pass and the offense put up over 400 yards total, Bowe put up the best play.  The Chiefs are in dire need of big plays and Bowe will need to deliver more like the one that gave Kansas City the lead if there are going to be any wins in the forecast this season.

Defense: Tank Tyler


For all of the Raiders issues, the one thing we knew was that they could run the football.  If the Chiefs were going to slow down Darren McFadden and Michael Bush they would need a big time effort on the defensive line.  And they got it from Tyler.

Officially he led the team with 7 tackles, but it seemed like Tyler was in on plays throughout the game.  He still has plays where he gets pushed around, but yesterday he provided Todd Haley and Clancy Pendergast reason to believe he is on the right track.

Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt


When you mention punters and the Raiders are involved all the talk surrounds Oakland’s Shane Lechler.  Even Haley was impressed.

“That punter of theirs, I don’t know how you can punt it that far.”

Colquitt had a solid game too, even if it wasn’t his best.  He put four of his five punts inside the 20 including one in the third quarter that should have been downed at the 1 yard line.

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