The Kansas City Chiefs are last in points per game (13.9), but that doesn’t mean that they’re not a threat on offense, specifically in the run game. The Chiefs are 5th in rushing thanks to the league’s third leading rusher, Jamaal Charles.
“They’ve got a nice zone run,” Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams said. “Plus, Jamaal Charles, he’s a tough guy to bring down, even though he’s small and compact, he’s that one cut, that sprinter, he’s fast. He’s got a nice stride, deceptive speed, and a nice little quickness. He’s tough to tackle.”
Charles had 226 yards against the Indianapolis Colts last week and 107 yards against the Broncos in the first meeting. That’s the most yards that the Broncos have given up during their 10-game winning streak.
“This is an opportunity to redeem ourselves,” Elvis Dumervil said. “Our house is going to be loud, so we want to make sure we take care of business.”
Charles is putting up 97.1 yards per game, but has just 5 touchdowns on the season. That’s not to say that Sunday couldn’t be any different. He needs just 11 yards to set a career-high for yards during a season.
“He reads the holes and reads his blocks better than most in the league,” safety Rahim Moore said of Charles. “Once he puts his foot in the ground and gets a crease, he is gone. There is no catching him. He has been doing that since he came into the league. He is having a fantastic season. He is a big-time competitor so we’re looking forward to it.”
A test like Charles is a great primer for the playoffs where the Broncos could see Aarian Foster and Stevan Ridley again, both top-10 backs in the league.