Kansas City Chiefs: 4 Players That Can Make You Forget About Week 1
After earning a playoff birth in 2010 by winning the AFC West division, the Kansas City Chiefs looked like a team that was on the rise. Fast forward to Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season, however and now that doesn't look to have any truth at all.
The Buffalo Bills destroyed the Chiefs in Week 1 41-7 as Kansas City couldn't get anything going on either side of the ball. Buffalo was one of the worst teams in 2010 and the loss can not sit well with Jamaal Charles and company.
Not only did they get blown out, but the Chiefs also lost strong safety Eric Berry for the remainder of the season. Berry was their best overall defensive player in 2010 and was second on the team in tackles.
The key for Kansas City now is that it's still early in the season and the game only counts as one loss in the standings. They have 15 more games to try to right the ship in 2011.
Bouncing back from this loss will certainly take a total team effort. Here are four players that could really help make week one a thing of the past.
Offense: Jamaal Charles
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is one of the top playmakers in the NFL. He had a historic season in 2010, averaging a whopping 6.4 yards per carry, and is expected to receive even more touches in 2011.
Charles scored the team's lone touchdown in week one and was really the only guy that got anything going on offense. He was only able to record a total of 65 yards, however, as he had just 15 touches.
The fourth year back is expected to be among the league leaders in total yards from scrimmage this season. He is as electric as they come, and certainly a player that can turn the tide around in Kansas City.
Defense: Derrick Johnson
Linebacker Derrick Johnson led Kansas City in tackles in 2011, and should have an even bigger responsibility now with the loss of Eric Berry.
Johnson had 17 tackles in a game last year against the Rams, and is one of the more athletic linebackers in the league. The Chiefs are going to need him to be at his best to bounce back from an abysmal defensive performance in Week 1.
In order to get the most out of Jamaal Charles, Kansas City needs its defense to be a lot better. If the team is always being blown out, it's impossible to give Charles enough carries.
Speical Teams and Offense: Dexter McCluster
Dexter McCluster could prove to be a nice wild card for Kansas City in 2011. He is the team's top kick returner and also a wide receiver that can catch and run the ball.
The biggest problem throughout his NFL career for McCluster is a lack of consistency. He has shown some explosiveness, but hasn't quite put everything together.
The passing game appeared pretty anemic throughout the preseason and Week 1, so the Chiefs would do well to give McCluster more snaps. His versatility could help them immensely.
Offense: Dwayne Bowe
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had a breakout campaign in 2010, and was one of the keys in getting the Chiefs to the playoffs. His 15 receiving touchdowns was three more than any other player.
The issue with Bowe is that he can be either really good or really bad, there doesn't seem to be a median with him. Much of his production came from one crazy month last season.
That being said, when Bowe is on, he can do some amazing things for the Chiefs. They need him to go on a hot streak in order to forget about Week 1.
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