Kansas City Chiefs Defense and Brandon Carr: Where Did That Come From?

Shannon HollenbeckContributor IDecember 5, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos during the game on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas City played an extremely tight game against Denver today. It should not have been that tight.

The offense was ineffective today. The only consolation is that Denver's was even more so. Jamaal Charles did get over 100 yards rushing today and McCluster and Jones were impressive.

Cassel and Pope managed to get the lone touchdown, but the passing game was, for the most part, shut down. I could say a lot about Kansas City's lack of an offensive performance today, but I won't.

I want to talk about the defense.

The rush defense sagged a little today letting Moreno gain 161 yards rushing. When it's one guy getting the yards over and over you're doing something wrong. None of those yards ended in scores so I will forgive that shortcoming.

Orton had a bad day thanks to Kansas City's defense. Tamba Hali and Javier Arenas are each credited two sacks for the day. There were plenty of pressures on Orton forcing hurried throws and incomplete passes. Flowers, Smith Studebaker and Johnson all did their parts.

The defense as a whole was fairly impressive. The real story of the day, however, is a lone player. A player that we've seen have "okay" games and contribute mediocre play most of the season was unstoppable today.


Brandon Carr

What got into Carr today? His play almost made me ask, "Flowers who?".  If Carr was covering you, you were unlikely to get a reception.

I do not know what got into him today, but he was a bright spot in the most disappointing win we've seen all season.

He caused five incomplete passes for the day. He can hold his head high today knowing he had a big impact on the outcome of this game. The only flaw in his play is that he couldn't quite reel in an interception. I'll take it. He was spectacular and I give him MVP for the day.

After all that, I do have to ask where was that when we played Houston? More importantly, will it be there next week in San Diego?