Five to Remember: Bills vs. Chiefs

Who stood out in KC's loss to Buffalo Sunday? Nick Athan looks at five Chiefs to remember.

1. LB Mike Vrabel - He registered a sack, stripped the ball to give KC's offense great field position and had one of his better games as a Chief. Vrabel's contributions this season have come mostly through veteran leadership, so it was nice to see him make plays on the field. On two occasions other than his sack, he nearly got to Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's a good sign when a player in the twilight of his career has a good game. Vrabel may not be in KC's 2010 plans but Sunday he looked like a player who isn't ready to hang up his cleats.

2. CB Brandon Carr - He was solid most of the afternoon even though he was matched up against Bills receiver Terrell Owens. Though Owens scored a touchdown, Carr had tight coverage on him all day and nearly picked off an errant Fitzpatrick pass. Carr is showing exceptional closing speed. With Brandon Flowers struggling with a shoulder injury, Carr is KC's top corner right now. In addition to locking down Owens, Sunday Carr forced a fumble and appears to have put to rest any thoughts of a sophomore slump.

3. DT Ron Edwards - For an aging veteran he's having a terrific season. For the most part he clogged the middle of the line. The Bills had success running the ball, but mostly it came on cutbacks or runs that bounced to the outside. There was nowhere to go up the middle. Edwards' play this year is a surprise because some thought Tank Tyler would be the man in the middle of KC's defense. But Tyler was shipped off to Carolina and Edwards is the biggest benefactor of his departure. He may not fit into the Chiefs' plans for 2010, and a truly dominant nose tackle is something they need, but for now Edwards is getting the job done.

4. P Dustin Colquitt - He didn't have a great game punting the ball, as his average was roughly 34 yards against Buffalo. It appears Colquitt has worn down some as the season draws to a close. He was at one point Kansas City's MVP, and without his booming punts the Chiefs' defense would have had much shorter fields to defend. But he's still one of the league's best and deserves props for his consistency all season long. Sunday was just an off day for Colquitt, who appeared to injure himself on his final punt of the afternoon.

5. QB Matt Cassel - It wasn't a great performance with four more interceptions, but Cassel did his job in the fourth quarter despite the cast around him not coming through. Like he's done in the past, Cassel succeeded when KC's offense spread the field Sunday. He needs more of that offensive set to get the most out of him. We don't know what 2010 will bring for Cassel if he gets a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but they should spend a lot of time in the offseason designing a true spread offense that will maximize his talents.

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