Another sold game from Shaun Ellis. He beat his old teammate Adrian Jones for a sack to end the first drive. It was an Ellis pressure that led to a David Bowens sack late in the game. Ellis along with Bryan Thomas stopped Kolby Smith for a loss of four yards in the middle of the third quarter.
Kenyon Coleman had a few good plays in run support like when he stopped Smith on the line on his second carry.
For the second game in a row, Kris Jenkins was somewhat quiet. He had an encroachment penalty late in the game. You have to wonder if his back is bothering him.
The linebackers continue to struggle covering tight ends, and when David Harris pulled his groin in the first half, and had to leave the game, it got worse. This is becoming a significant problem.
David Bowens is a good moving forward – rushing the passer and stopping the run, but at this stage of his career, he struggles in space. This was evident when he was filling in for Harris. But he had two nice plays moving forward like his late sack, and when he blew up Jamal Charles in the backfield for a loss of three in the second quarter.
As has been the case in every game this year, Calvin Pace did a lot of good things. A Pace QB pressure, on the Kansas City's second possession, forced Thigpen into the arms of Kerry Rhodes. Pace flew by Branden Albert on this play. Another Pace pressure late in the game forced Tyler Thigpen into the arms of Bowens. Pace soundly beat Damion McIntosh on this play. Pace stopped a Thigpen QB draw for a loss of three in the third quarter.
Cody Spencer was beat by Tony Gonzalez for a gain of 11 early in the third quarter.
Bryan Thomas did some good work in run support.
The secondary was inconsistent. A QB, in his second NFL start, had a 110.9 rating.
Kerry Rhodes had his best game of the season. He finished with nine tackles, a sack and three tackles for losses. On the Chiefs first play from scrimmage, Rhodes stopped Kolby Smith for a loss of two. On the Chiefs second drive had had a sack.
Dwight Lowery had an up-and-down game. Tony Gonzalez got by Lowery on Kansas City's first completion that went for 17 yards. Lowery also seemed to be implicated on Gonzo's 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Late in the second quarter, Lowery had a near pick on a pass intended for Mark Bradley.
Hank Poteat has played better games. He missed a tackle on a short pass to Gonzo that ended up gaining 21 yards. Poteat was beat by Bradley in the back middle of the end zone for a second quarter touchdown.
Drew Coleman had a solid game. He had a sack on Thigpen that lost 12 yards and knocked Kansas City out of field goal range in the second quarter. He had a PD on a pass to Will Franklin, also in the second quarter. The play had the potential to be Pick Six. Coleman had a PD on the Chiefs final pass attempt to essentially ice the win.
Darrelle Revis did some good work. On the Chiefs second drive, Revis did a great job of holding ground on Gonzo in the left flat, not allowing the much bigger player to get the first down. Coleman helped bring him down. Revis had a nice PD on Bowe on a quick slant early fourth to end a drive.
Leon Washington was the star on special teams with two impressive punt returns. His first punt return went for 29 yards. Cody Spencer had the key block on his play. And then in the fourth quarter, Washington had a 37-yard return. Washington made a great move on Maurice Leggett, early in the return, and that was the key to the play.
Ahmad Carroll had a another standout game on special teams with two impressive tackles. But he needs to cut down on penalties. He was called for holding in the first half.
Spencer also did a terrific job in coverage, but made a bad decision diving at a Reggie Hodges punt on the one, knocking it into the end zone.
Hodges had a solid game. His three punts averaged 47.7 yards with a 38.7 net. If that punt wasn't knocked into the end zone his numbers would have been even better.
Jay Feely missed his only field goal attempt. It was from 36 yards away, kicking into a side of the stadium he seems to be struggling with.