Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Redskins

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Washington Redskins 14-6 at FedEx Field.  It took six weeks, but we finally get to award game balls after a victory!

Offense: Dwayne Bowe

For the first time this season, Matt Cassel was consistently targeting the Chiefs No. 1 receiver.  And for the first time in a while Bowe rewarded Cassel by fighting off contact to get yards after the catch, including a huge catch-and-run on the final drive of the game that brought the Chiefs down inside the Redskins 10.  He ended the day with 6 catches for 109 yards.

There were also at least two plays that Cassel missed a wide open Bowe, one of which would have been an easy touchdown.  But Bowe also showed he has work to do before he can become an elite receiver.  Just before Succop’s third FG of the game, Cassel threw a ball high — but catchable — over the middle towards Bowe that he had alligator arms on.  Before he can take that next step, Bowe needs to be willing to sacrifice his body for those balls.  But for an offense struggling for playmakers, he stepped up and earned his game ball today.

Defense: Glenn Dorsey

After playing the best game of his career last week against the Cowboys, Dorsey put in an even better effort in Washington.  He was in on almost every big defensive stop, including the safety of quarterback Todd Collins.  On that play Tamba Hali sacked the former Chief in the end zone, but Dorsey provided the initial pressure.

Dorsey finished the game with a team-leading 7 tackles, though he could have been credited with at least 3-4 more.  There might be stories out there that the Chiefs are looking to trade the former first round pick but after seeing what he is capable of it would be a silly move.

Special Teams: Ryan Succop

Mr. Irrelevant was Mr. Everything for the Chiefs.  He scored every one of their points on offense, going 4-4 on field goals in less than stellar weather conditions.  He also provided three fantastic kickoffs to help the Chiefs win the field position battle.

In the locker room after the game, Todd Haley gave Succop the first ever game ball he has ever awarded as a head coach and I can’t think of a more deserving player.

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