Game Balls: Chiefs vs. Vikings

After every game we hand out game balls to the best Chiefs players on offense, defense and special teams.

The Chiefs may have dropped their second straight preseason game of the season, this one 17-13 to the Vikings, but there was a lot of progress made last night.

Todd Haley wasn’t handing out any game balls after the game.  Luckily he doesn’t run things around here.

Offense: Dwayne Bowe

Sure, the numbers won’t blow anyone away: 3 catches for 37 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown from Matt Cassel.  More importantly, he got more playing time with the first team and showed the coaching staff that he wasn’t allergic to blocking when he helped spring Quinten Lawrence on a reverse for a nice gain.

Bowe still had his moments, namely giving up on a couple of bad passes.  One of those could have been picked off and he will have to show Haley and Chan Gaily he is willing to go up and fight for every pass, even the ones he can’t catch.

All-in-all he proved to me that he is ready to join the first team offense on a full time basis.

Defense: Corey Mays

If this were the regular season I would probably go with a Maurice Leggett or Jovan Belcher, who were both all over the field.  But there was one thing I wanted to see coming into the game and that was Brett Favre welcomed out of retirement.

Mays delivered a huge hit on Favre as he released a pass in the first quarter, putting his helmet right on the quarterback’s number.  Yes, I realize laying a hit on a 39 year old isn’t going to get the Chiefs defense where they need to be for Baltimore in Week 1.  But it was still great to see.

Special Teams: Jovan Belcher

For stopping Vikings return man Percy Harvin twice, the second an amazing open field tackle.

Minnesota had set up a great return, Harvin had already made one man miss and was on his way to huge yardage when Belcher came out of nowhere to trip up the rookie from Florida.

There’s “closing speed” and then there is “trip up Percy Harvin closing speed”.  Very impressive play by the undrafted free agent.

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