The Kansas City Chiefs have had a solid start to the first quarter of the season going 3-1.
There have been quite a few Chiefs (especially on defense) who stepped up and played significant roles. There are also other Chiefs who have continued to play very well (lookin' at you, Hali).
I've put together the top five Kansas City Chiefs through four games. This list will likely change through the season but I feel good that the top three will be on there all year.
5. TE Tony Moeaki
He's the Chiefs' leading receiver, the rookie tight end out of Iowa.
Moeaki has caught 16 balls for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That's nearly double as many catches as the next person.
He's already won rookie of the week and is clearly the most valuable piece in the passing game.
4. LB Derrick Johnson
Last year he didn't play a whole lot and of course that was the biggest talk of the summer.
This year he has started all four games and the Chiefs are reaping the benefits.
Johnson has 34 tackles through the first four games. Just watching the games you notice him so much more (that and he's actually on the field this year.)
Pro Football Focus gave him All-Pro status through four games.
3. RB Jamaal Charles
Whatever Jamaal Charles is doing he's doing it well. He's averaging over six yards per carry and despite limited touches he's on pace for another big season.
Here are his projected numbers a quarter of the way through the season:
- Rushing: 200 carries, 1,300 rushing yards
- Receiving: 32 receptions, 424 receiving yards
Charles is the best player on offense and it's by a long shot.
2. LB Tamba Hali
He's a close second to Flowers but still important nonetheless -- he's much of the Chiefs' pass rush at this point. On Sunday, he forced one Peyton Manning fumble and consistently applied pressure. The week before against the 49ers he has three sacks. He has 4.5 through four games. It may be that season where it all comes together for Tamba Hali.
He's playing very well at a very important position for the Chiefs.
1. CB Brandon Flowers
A premium player at a premium position.
The CBS announcers on the Chiefs' Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts commented several times how good both the corners had been. Football Outsiders writes, "Flowers might not be at the Revis/Nnamdi level, but I believe he will be -- and soon." They're very good together but Flowers is quickly becoming elite.
That's high praise for the Chiefs' 2008 second-round pick.
He's having an outstanding season with a pair of picks and a touchdown.