The Kansas City Chiefs went on to the road to Seattle and easily took care of the Seahawks 42-24 on Sunday. In the process they not only extended their lead in the AFC West, but Matt Cassel was able to stick it to the coach that kept him on the bench at USC.
The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first drive and were lining up for a field goal on their next possession but that was blocked by Seattle. Special teams continued to keep the Seahawks in the game early when Dustin Colquitt’s punt at the end of the first quarter was blocked and returned for a touchdown.
Kansas City put up 14 unanswered points in the second quarter with two very different players finding the endzone. First was defensive lineman Shaun Smith bowling in from the 1 while lined up as a fullback and the second was yet another Dwayne Bowe touchdown. The best wide receiver in football added two more scores, bringing his total since week 6 to 13.
The Chiefs secondary, which was without Brandon Flowers, Jon McGraw and Donald Washington had some spotty moments but all in all more than held their own against a Seattle passing attack without No. 1 WR Mike Williams.
Though Todd Haley will spend plenty of time this week focusing on the multiple holes on special teams, he can’t help but be excited that his Chiefs are entering the final five weeks of the season controlling their own fate.
Here are the best players for the Chiefs on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Dwayne Bowe
When we labeled the No. 1 wide receiver as this week’s player to watch on the Chiefs offense, the question was how Bowe would respond to facing constant double teams. Turns out it wasn’t much of a problem since the Kansas City rushing attack led by Jamaal Charles’ 173 yards forced Seattle into playing straight up on the outside. All Bowe did was tie a career high with 13 catches for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Bowe turned in two of his most impressive catches of the season against Seattle. The first came on that opening drive when Cassel found him in the back of the endzone and he somehow managed to tap his toes before falling out of bounds. The second was late in the fourth quarter on a 3rd and 1. That’s when a fade down the left sideline came his way and Bowe adjusted his body perfectly while he was in the air to fight CB Kelly Jennings for the ball.
There would be no argument from me if you wanted to put Charles here, especially the way he bounced back from a fumble at the end of the first half that led to three points for Seattle. For me, Bowe’s magical ride is just too much to overlook. At this pace, he is in a position to have a season for the ages.
Defense: Javier Arenas
Cassel, Bowe and Charles may have led the Chiefs offense, but it really was a total group effort on the other side of the ball. Derrick Johnson had a sack/strip late in the game that was recovered by Tamba Hali, who had brought plenty of his own pressure throughout the game, but it was Arenas that had the most on his plate and he responded.
With Flowers out due to injury, Arenas needed to put in the most snaps he has seen so far this season on defense while continuing to handle punt returns. All Arenas did was lead the Chiefs in tackles with 7 to go along with one pass defensed.
Arenas’ game was not without mistakes, but he has come such a long way on the defensive side of the football.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
The Chiefs special teams were anything but against the Seahawks. They followed up that early blocked field goal with a blocked punt that Seattle took to the house. The blame doesn’t belong with Colquitt, but rather Jackie Battle who decided not to block inside rusher Kennard Cox, allowing him to get to the punter unblocked to make the play.
Outside of that block, Colquitt had his second straight fantastic game. He put three of his four punts inside the 20 and the fourth was out of bounds directly at the 20. He managed to completely neutralize Leon Washington who Seattle put back on punt return to try and spark the Seahawks.
After struggling early, a rejuvenated Colquitt is good news for the Chiefs final 5 games.