Kansas City Chiefs Week 5 Report Card: Grading Each Unit
The Kansas City Chiefs went into Indianapolis with their backs against their wall on Sunday.
They were coming in with a 1-3 record and had already lost three significant players for the season.
In the end, they come out with a 28-24 victory over the win-less Colts, restoring more hope in KC's season after all.
Here are the grades for each unit of the Chiefs from this week five match-up with Indy.
QB Matt Cassel
Cassel had one of his best games as a Chief on Sunday, ss he completed over 72 percent of his passes for 257 yards and four TDs on the afternoon. He looked much more comfortable under pressure and was very instrumental in the team's big comeback in the second half of the game.
Overall Grade: A
RB Jackie Battle
The fifth-year back had easily the best game of his NFL career on Sunday against the Colts. He rushed for 119 yards on 19 attempts, which is good for a Jamaal Charles-like 6.3 YPC average for the day. Battle also came up big in KC's last possession when he had two huge runs, including a 24-yard dash up the middle, to help seal the victory for Kansas City.
RB Thomas Jones
Jones was his normal self in Week 5, nothing terrible, but he was anything but spectacular. He ended the day with 55 yards on 10 carries and showed that he still has some left in the tank on a couple of nice runs in the first half of the contest.
RB Dexter McCluster
The second-year speedster wasn't much of a factor in this game. He had only eight rushing yards on four attempts and had just one reception in the passing game.
Overall Grade: B
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
WR Dwayne Bowe
The Chiefs Pro-Bowl wideout had another big day for the KC offense on Sunday. He had seven catches for 128 yards and two scores, including one sensational TD reception when he was being interfered with and tipped the ball to himself twice in the process. This game was another indication of how Bowe is quickly becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL today.
WR Steve Breaston
Breaston had another good game for his former offensive coordinator and current head coach Todd Haley. He had 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns as a nice complement for Bowe.
WR Keary Colbert
Journeyman Keary Colbert had a couple more catches for the Chiefs' offense on Sunday. He likely will not make a huge impact in the passing offense this season, but any help that the team can get at receiver outside of Bowe and Breaston is a plus.
WR Terrance Copper
Copper had just one catch for nine yards. He continues to be a deep threat from time to time, but will likely not be utilized much in the passing game this year.
TE Leonard Pope
The former Arizona Cardinal had just two catches for eight yards and committed yet another penalty in the win. With Bowe and Breaston getting a bulk of the targets, Pope was nearly invisible in the passing game on Sunday.
Overall Grade: B
LT Branden Albert
The fourth-year left tackle had a tough day going against Colts All-Pro DE Dwight Freeney. However, he gets a pass, considering that he has had two go up against two of the top five defensive ends in the last two weeks in Freeney and Minnesota's Jared Allen.
LG Jon Asamoah
Asamoah continues to be a long bright spot in the team's interior offensive line. He did a nice job holding his blocks against Indianapolis on Sunday and seems to be improving with each passing week.
C Casey Wiegmann
Why is he still starting for the Chiefs? Wiegmann continues to get abused at his center position just about each and every week, and it was no different in this game. I think it's time to put in rookie Rodney Hudson and see what he's got.
RG Ryan Lilja
The former Indianapolis Colts had a bad day against his old team. He and Wiegmann need to step it up for this Chiefs' offense to play well.
RT Barry Richardson
B-Rich also had a tough day, but like his teammate Brandon Albert, he was going against an elite DE in Robert Mathis for much of the day.
Overall Grade: C
DE Glenn Dorsey
Dorsey had another productive game for the Chiefs. Even though he was held without a sack again, he did manage to notch five tackles and played very well on run defense for KC.
DE Tyson Jackson
Dorsey's former college teammate also had five tackles, and was solid against the run. T-Jack has played significantly better so far in 2011.
DT Kelly Gregg
The former Raven had four tackles, but failed to do much against the Colts' interior offensive line. Gregg appears to be regressing with each passing game.
DE Wallace Gilberry
Gilberry came in mainly during passing downs, but didn't really make an impact in Sunday's game.
DE Amon Gordon
Journeyman Amon Gordon has done a decent job coming off the bench through the first five games. However, he didn't do enough today to warrant a grade.
Overall Grade: C+
ILB Derrick Johnson
The former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2005 continues to flourish at his inside linebacker position. Johnson had eight more tackles on the day and was a force on run defense, stopping Colts' backs in the backfield on more than one occasion.
ILB Jovan Belcher
Belcher continued to show why he is very good against the run in this game. He had four tackles for the Chiefs defense, but still continues to struggle in pass coverage.
OLB Tamba Hali
Hali was relatively silent for the Chiefs' defense on Sunday. Although he did look good on a few running plays, the Colts' offensive line held him to zero sacks and he wasn't able to consistently apply pressure on QB Curtis Painter.
OLB Justin Houston
The rookie had just one tackle, but still did a nice job of getting pressure on Painter on a few different plays during the game. He look like a talented kid, but still is a work in progress at this point.
OLB Andy Studebaker
Studebaker was practically handed the starting OLB spot after veteran Mike Vrabel retired this past offseason. However, he has failed to take over the spot due to his lack of talent/consistent pass rush when he is in the game. Games like this show why Studebaker is better suited to come off the bench, instead of starting for the KC defense.
OLB Cameron Sheffield
Sheffield was drafted with the hope that he would eventually be able to apply pressure on the opposing QB. After five games this season, it still hasn't happened.
Overall Grade: C
CB Brandon Flowers
Flowers had one of his worst games of the season on Sunday. He was beat repeatedly by Colts receiver Pierre Garcon and looked very slow in coverage. He needs to improve if this defense is ever going to become elite.
CB Brandon Carr
The former Grand Valley State star had a better game than Flowers, but not by much. He ended the day with three tackles and a pass deflection while giving up a good chunk of yards to Indianapolis wideouts.
S Kendrick Lewis
Lewis just had an average day in the KC secondary. He picked up four tackles, but didn't make much of an impact in any other way in this game.
S Jon McGraw
McGraw had a decent game as he continues to fill in for the injured Eric Berry. His highlight of the day came when he got in the way of a would-be Colts reception late in the fourth quarter to help seal the the Chiefs victory.
Overall Grade: C
K Ryan Succop
The Chiefs kicker had a quiet day, as he attempted zero field goals and made all four of his extra point attempts. It's probably a good thing that they didn't need him, considering that they were able to get the ball in the end-zone on four different occasions today.
P Dustin Colquitt
Colquitt was his usual self on Sunday, as he averaged just under 45 yards per punt on his six punts for the afternoon. He continues to be one of the most consistent and reliable punters in the league.
KR/PR Javier Arenas
Arenas wasn't able to return anything in the kicking game, but he did take four punts back for 39 total yards, including a 14-yard return in the second half. Even with the new kickoff rules in place this year, Arenas has still found a way to make an impact in the return game for the Chiefs.
Overall Grade: B+
Head coach Todd Haley has received alot of harsh criticism so far this season. In the last two weeks, the third-year coach has responded to his critics well. His team his won both games and are now just one game under .500 with still 11 games to go in the regular season.
Haley did lose his emotions against the Colts a few times on Sunday, but he and offensive coordinator Bill Muir were able to get the offense going in the second half. However, Romeo Crennel and his defense have to perform better than they did in this game against the Colts.
Overall Grade: B
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