1. QB Matt Cassel - While Cleveland's secondary isn't impressive, any quarterback who throws for 331 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions – especially when he's dealing with a patchwork offensive line - deserves high praise. Sunday was Cassel's best game of the season and if not for all the dropped passes, he likely would have left Arrowhead as the winning quarterback. It's obvious if you give Cassel time to throw, he will make plays. When the Chiefs get a third wide receiver, steady play from the tight end position and three more solid offensive linemen, Cassel will make general manager Scott Pioli proud that he gave him all that money.
2. RB Jamaal Charles - Watching Charles run, we've quickly forgotten Larry Johnson. Charles touched the ball 28 times Sunday (running, receiving and kick returns) and had 194 all-purpose yards. He's going to be a fantasy stud next season and perhaps a second-round pick in some leagues. On the field in the NFL, the Chiefs are asking him to be their Superman, and he's delivering. Charles doesn't need more than 25 touches a game, because what he's doing right now may not be possible over 16 games. He's playing hard on every snap and leaving it all on the field. But he's the single biggest reason for KC's offense to be excited about 2010.
3. WR Chris Chambers - Today was big for Chambers, who knew that with the return of Dwayne Bowe he might see a few more opportunities. That's exactly what happened, and Chambers' 114 yards receiving and a touchdown led Kansas City. Pioli needs to get him under contract for 2010 and 2011. He has plenty left in the tank and why the Chargers dumped him is a mystery. You can never have enough veteran receivers in the post season.
4. TE Brad Cottam - He tied a career high with four receptions for 62 yards. Cottam is a huge target and the Chiefs have now found ways to get him the ball two weeks in a row. That trend has to continue in the final two games at Cincinnati and Denver. Cottam could be the missing link in KC's offense, as he has everything you want from a player working the middle of the field. All he has lacked is an opportunity and consistent playing time. Cottam should start the final two weeks and third-string tight end Jake O'Connell, who was awful Sunday, should never see the field again. Cottam and Leonard Pope are a good tandem going into next season.
5. LB Demorrio Williams - Somebody had to stop Jerome Harrison once he ran past KC's defensive line, and more often than not it was Williams. He had 13 solo tackles against Cleveland, giving him 102 on the season. Williams is worth keeping in 2010 but he needs a better cast around him.
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