The Kansas City Chiefs continue to look for their first win as they head to Washington to take on the Redskins.
Here are three players (Offense, Defense and Special Teams) from each team to keep your eyes on.
Offense: Dwayne Bowe
Over his 2+ seasons in the league, we have seen flashes of brillance from Bowe. Last week we saw some of that with a big time touchdown grab to tie the game while taking a huge hit. If there was ever a game where he needed to carry over some momentum it would be this week against a Redskins defense that is third in the league against the pass.
Bowe has a touchdown in three of his four games this season and will have to be physical with the Washington corners — DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers. With Matt Cassel likely having little time to throw the ball, Bowe needs to get off the line strong and start making more plays after the catch.
Defense: Glenn Dorsey
Last week against the Cowboys, Dorsey quietly had his best game as a Kansas City Chief. Not only did he register four tackles, but he was in on Wallace Gilberry’s sack of Tony Romo (uncredited) and forced the Dallas QB to throw a screen pass away by quickly getting in his face. Dorsey also nearly picked up a safety, but Marion Barber just slipped out of his grasp. Against a solid offensive line his name was called as much as anyone on the Chiefs defense.
The Redskins will be without their starting left tackle, Chris Samuels, and that means Clancy Pendergast will be loading up the right side of the line looking to get to Jason Campbell with Dorsey being a huge part of that plan. Look for him to get his first official sack(s) of the season.
Special Teams: Jamaal Charles
Even though his fumbling problems are still in the back of everyone’s mind, Charles has seemingly locked down the kick return job. Two weeks ago he ripped off a 53 yard return and has been one block away from finally taking one to the house at least three times. Could this finally be the week?
He faces a very good coverage unit that in the first five games has only given up one long return — a 55 yard return last week to Kenny Moore of the Panthers. If Charles can help the Chiefs more in the battle for field position than he has to this point, it will go a long way towards taking pressure off of Matt Cassel and the offense.
Offense: Jason Campbell
Every week you hear about winning the turnover battle and the person that will likely determine the winner is Campbell. Over the first five weeks of the season Campbell has fumbled 9 times and thrown 5 interceptions.
If the Redskins are going to bounce back from their loss to the Panthers, Campbell has to take better care of the ball. With him likely being forced to run for his life behind a reworked line that may be easier said than done for the fifth year veteran.
Defense: Brian Orakpo
Just like Tamba Hali, Orakpo is a defensive end making the transition to linebacker and showing improvement every week he spends at his new position. Through five games the rookie has 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks, with all of those sacks coming in the last three games as he learns to rush the passer from a two point stance.
With Albert Haynesworth, Andre Carter and London Fletcher getting all of the attention up front for the Redskins, that leaves Orakpo under the radar and ready to harass Matt Cassel.
Special Teams: Rock Cartwright
Just like Charles, the Redskins return man has yet to take one to the house this year but that isn’t a surprise. Cartwright has only returned one kick for a touchdown in his 8 year career. The surprise is that he has yet to register a return longer than 27 yards. He is – however – still a threat to take one deep with returns of at least 80 yards in each of the previous three years.
Cartwright is due to break a long return, so the it would be wise for the Chiefs special teams not to sleep on the struggling Redskin.