The Chiefs made another internal coaching move, Derrick Johnson trade rumors are flying, KC's offense has yet to put together a consistent half, and the defense has yet to pressure opposing quarterback. The only way the Chiefs beat the Redskins is if these five guys step up, big time.
1. DE Tyson Jackson - Right now he's a bust. Linebacker Aaron Curry is blowing things up in Seattle and you can't tell me he would not have been an immediate impact player in Kansas City. General manager Scott Pioli appears to have made a mistake by passing on Curry, so Jackson has to start living up to his top draft billing. I'm not sure what it's going to take to get him into the opposing backfield but this week he's facing a bad Redskins' offensive line. He has to find that extra gear and make an impact Sunday.
2. QB Matt Cassel - He looked like a starting NFL quarterback last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Cassel's game-tying drive was impressive considering he'd been beaten to a pulp to that point. He showed guts and also proved he has some talent. Not many quarterbacks can do what he did Sunday, so I expect a big game out of him against the Redskins. Hopefully we'll see the Chiefs' offense transform into a pass-happy unit that torches Washington.
3. WR Dwayne Bowe - This is a big game for him and I expect anywhere from eight to 10 catches and at least one score. Cassel found him last week and I think Todd Haley finally realizes the offense has to run through him. One reason Haley may have promoted Richie Anderson and demoted Dedric Ward is that the Cassel-to-Bowe connection hasn't been clicking. Haley now needs to leave Bowe alone and let Anderson take over his maturation. Bowe has the talent to be an All-Pro receiver as long as Haley stays out of his way.
4. LB DeMorrio Williams - With Haley praising him publicly and trade rumors flying around Derrick Johnson, there's no reason to think Williams won't start the rest of the season. Though he's not as talented as Johnson, he's been a solid free agent pickup. Williams struggled last year with a thumb injury that torpedoed the start of his season. Right now he's KC's most reliable linebacker.
5. P Dustin Colquitt - He's been wearing out his left leg this season and field position will be critical Sunday against the Redskins. Neither offense will run up and down the field and score points at will. Colquitt needs to reestablish that coffin-corner accuracy and nail as many punts as he can inside the 20-yard line. Even further, I'd like to see the Chiefs do something crazy this week. Let Colquitt throw a pass.
Week Six Predictions:
Chiefs 19 @ Redskins 24
Eagles 45 @ Raiders 3
Broncos 23 @ Chargers 24
Five to Watch: Chiefs vs Redskins
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