Chiefs vs. Browns: Winners and Losers from Kansas City's 30-7 Loss

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIDecember 10, 2012

Chiefs vs. Browns: Winners and Losers from Kansas City's 30-7 Loss

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    Kansas City went back to its losing ways after a tough 30-7 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.

    The Chiefs drew first blood after scoring a touchdown on the first play of the game. However, the Browns regrouped from that first play and scored 30 unanswered points to earn their third straight win.

    In this slideshow, I will go over the winners and losers from the Kansas City Chiefs from Sunday's loss.

Winner No. 1: WR Dwayne Bowe

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    Dwayne Bowe was a huge asset for the Chiefs in the first half. He caught two passes for 70 yards, which includes a 47-yard reception that brought the Chiefs inside the red zone.

    However, an injury kept Bowe sidelined and the Chiefs offense struggled in the passing game without their top receiver. Chiefs fans realized how important Bowe is to this team after today's game, even during his absence after his injury.

Loser No. 1: QB Brady Quinn

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    After throwing only five incompletions and throwing a touchdown pass for the first time since 2009, Brady Quinn won AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

    This week, he won't even be a nominee for that award. Quinn went 10-of-21 passing for 159 yards, one interception and was sacked five times.

    He struggled while under pressure against his old team and connected with Terrance Copper the most, who only had three catches.

Winner No. 2: DE Tyson Jackson

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    Tyson Jackson continues to impress those who have been disappointed with his performance since entering the draft. Although his emergence came later than the Chiefs expected, it's better to be late than never.

    Jackson came up with a sack and also batted down a pass against Brandon Weeden. With Glenn Dorsey out for the season, Jackson's improvement has helped the defensive line the past four games.

Loser No. 2: WR Jon Baldwin

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    While one first-round draft pick has improved, another has yet to play like a first-round pick. That player is wide receiver Jon Baldwin, who has yet to step up as a receiver in the NFL. His presence was needed the most after the loss of Bowe, but Baldwin remained quiet all game long.

    Baldwin was targeted twice and finished the game without a catch.

    If Baldwin continues to struggle moving forward, his time with the Chiefs could be short-lived.

Winner No. 3: Linebackers

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    The Chiefs linebackers have played well throughout the season, and Sunday was no exception.

    Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did a good job of giving Weeden trouble and keeping him pressured throughout the game. Hali sacked Weeden twice to help Kansas City's defense prepare for long-yardage situations.

    Derrick Johnson also made some noise after invading the backfield with two tackles for a loss after a couple of key red-zone stops.

Loser No. 3: Special Teams

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    The Chiefs special teams unit fell flat twice in the first half, which allowed the Browns to take the lead and steal momentum before halftime.

    Ryan Succop had an opportunity to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but he hit the goal post after missing a 27-yard field-goal attempt.

    In the second quarter, the Chiefs punted the football to Travis Benjamin, who fielded the punt at the 7-yard line and ran 93 yards with ease for a touchdown to give Cleveland the lead and their first touchdown of the game.

    Special teams coordinator Tom McMahon has to prepare his team to do better next week before taking on the Oakland Raiders, where special teams could be critical if the offense struggles.

The Biggest Winner: RB Jamaal Charles

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    It was a one-man show for the Chiefs. Jamaal Charles did his best in trying to help the team win. Unfortunately, it appeared that his 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game was not enough to fuel the team and translate that into more scoring opportunities.

    Charles finished with 18 carries for 165 yards, having one of the better rushing games this week.

The Biggest Loser: RB Peyton Hillis

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    Peyton Hillis had a few choice of words for his former teammate, Joe Thomas.

    Hillis got some attention this week, but it was all about his comments and his return to Cleveland after leaving on a bad note last season. He didn't get any attention for his performance. And why would he?

    He ran for 11 yards off five carries to add on to a disappointing season for Hillis, one in which he had hoped he would rebound from after his dismal performance last season.