Gotta give it to Chiefs S Mike Brown. At a time when he's under plenty of scrutiny from the media and fans for what's been called a declining skill set, he turns in a two-interception performance in a 16-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders. I'm not saying Brown's now free from criticism or he played a perfect game (by any means).
I'm just sayin', his interceptions were pretty timely for the Chiefs defense.
“Sometimes things bounce against you, sometimes it bounces your way,” Brown told reporters. “You just hope you have more bounce your way than against you.
“Today we got them and we started the second half of the season with a win. That’s important. We have to build something from this.”
At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Bruce Gradkowski led Raiders faced a 3rd and three. Gradkowski dropped back to pass and found....Mike Brown with the interception and returned it for a short gain.
The Chiefs next possession turned this into three points.
And then on the Raiders final drive of the game, Brown was the recipient of a Darrius Heyward-Bey drop. When the ball bounced off of Heyward-Bey's concrete gloves, Brown stepped in and hauled it in.
Interception No. 2 helped finish the Raiders.
I think Kent Babb said it well in a tweet this evening. "Mike Brown...torched someone else."
Both interceptions came off of dropped passes by the Raiders receivers but it's ironic, I think, that the man under the most pressure - at least from the fan and media perspective - turns in a game-changing defensive performance. Like I said above, I'm not saying he's now all of a sudden the answer. I still don't think he is in the long-term (and maybe not the short-term).
But the irony was too much not to point out. When he screwed up against the Jaguars last week, he admitted it. So, when he turns it around, we gotta give it to him.
Congrats, Mr. Brown.