1. QB Matt Cassel - Give him an ‘A' for effort, execution and the fact he had the tar beaten out of him on virtually every single pass attempt. Cassel was a warrior Sunday, completing 23 of 41 passes and hitting two touchdowns, leading me to believe he might just need a year of seasoning to blossom into a solid starter. I loved his game-tying drive in the fourth quarter and his poise under relentless pressure. The Cowboys teed him up every chance they got and took advantage of the worst offensive line in the NFL. Still, Cassel hung in like a champion and nearly pulled out the victory.
2. WR Dwayne Bowe - I'm not sure what else he has to do to get out of Haley's dog house, but he's the best receiver the Chiefs. Haley doesn't consistently call plays that are designed to feed him the ball. He only had seven balls thrown at him all day Sunday and he caught seven of them. That number needs to be 10 or 12 at a minimum. Bowe's clutch catch at the end of regulation showed why he deserves to be more of a focal point in this offense. He has to be tired of Haley chewing him out a handful of times every game. It's a credit to Bowe that he can tune out the verbal tirades and make great plays. I'd like to see Haley give Bowe more credit for being the only true offensive weapon the Chiefs have going for them right now.
3. DE Glenn Dorsey - I'm officially off his back for now. He had another solid game, nearly recording a safety in the first half Sunday when he just missed Marion Barber. Dorsey had four solo tackles and is really starting to get consistent penetration into the backfield. He's not going to ever be a pass rusher, but he can help by being stout against the run. I still say he's an inside defensive lineman and the Chiefs are playing him out of position, but he's shown enough that we should remove the bust label for now.
4. S Mike Brown - Another solid game for the veteran who continues to make plays. This time he scooped up a fumble, resulting in a Chiefs touchdown. Though his coverage skills are not as good as they once were, Brown does possess a nose for the ball that KC's defense drastically needs. The move to sign him and dump Bernard Pollard was a good one, and if Brown keeps getting turnovers and making plays, it may end up being one of the best moves the Chiefs made the entire offseason.
5. DT Tank Tyler - Four more solo tackles, and he continues to outshine KC's starter, Ron Edwards. Right now Tyler is Kansas City's best interior defensive lineman, but is listed as a second stringer. He's a little undersized, but has good quickness and when the Chiefs start getting outside pressure he'll flourish.
Honorable Mention (3)
WR Bobby Wade - His clutch catch on KC's game-tying drive was amazing. He's not the biggest or the fastest receiver but consider he joined the Chiefs a day after the season opener against Baltimore, he's resurrected his career in Kansas City.
RB Jamaal Charles - He deserves to start and needs at least 15-18 touches per game. If Haley will give Charles the ball on offense and special teams he'll gain at least 100 yards a game. He's being wasted on the sidelines especially in the passing game. He caught five passes for 54 yards against Dallas but only got three carries, all between the tackles. Charles can make big chunks of yardage if given the opportunity.
TE Sean Ryan - He only had two catches but if Cassel had more time to throw the ball Sunday, he would have found Ryan open. With the Chiefs' offensive line struggling to protect Cassel when teams bring five or six pass rushers, the middle of the field is open and Ryan can catch the ball. This is something that will develop over time once the line improves. Ryan has been the most consistent of KC's receivers and like Bowe, needs more balls thrown his way.
Five to Remember: Chiefs vs. Cowboys
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