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Jamaal Charles Needs To Be Chiefs MVP vs. Broncos

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The Kansas City Chiefs as a whole need to step up in order to beat a very tough Denver Broncos team on the road. What that said, if there’s one player who needs to play head and shoulders above the rest, it’s Jamaal Charles.

This shouldn’t be that surprising considering what Charles has meant to the Chiefs in 2013.

He’s been arguably one of the best offensive players in the NFL, and he’s undoubtedly the most important player on offense for Kansas City.

Through eight games, he’s rushed for 725 yards and six touchdowns and has caught 47 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns.

For the mathematically challenged, Charles has accounted for a total of 1,114 and eight touchdowns. Now consider the Chiefs’ offense as a whole has put up 2,856 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. Do some mental math (I used a calculator) and you’d find out that Charles accounts for almost 40 percent of Kansas City’s offensive yardage and about 35 percent of the touchdowns this team has scored in 2013. He’s an important part of this team, to say the least.

The thing is, against Denver, the Chiefs will need him to be just as good, or even better than he already has been this season.

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There are a few keys to beating the Broncos—I touched on some of them here in The Film Room—but one of the most basic things the Chiefs can do is control the time of possession.

It’s a basic fundamental truth of smart football. If you’ve got an opponent who can move the ball and put points up on the board, the best defense against that is a good offense.

Alex Smith and the passing game will have to make a few plays, but the best thing Kansas City’s offense can do this Sunday is run the ball and eat up the clock.

The more Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno are on the sideline, the less damage they can do to the Chiefs. Consequently, the more the Broncos’ offense is on the sideline, the more rest the Chiefs’ defense is getting. The fresher the Chiefs are on defense, the more pressure they’ll be able to put on Manning, his receivers and his offensive line—and that’s going to be another key to this game.

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In simple, but it all comes down to the Chiefs’ running game.

The Broncos are averaging 41.2 points per game. The Chiefs, on the other-hand, average 23.9 per game.

Kansas City needs to pound the rock. If Denver makes this game a shootout, the offensively challenged Chiefs are going to struggle to keep up. But, if the Chiefs’ offense can slow the game down and keep the score low, they’ll give their defense a chance to really get after Manning.

Run the ball and control the clock. The more Manning is on the sideline, the better it is for the Chiefs’ chances of winning the game.

Frankly, in my estimation, it all comes down to Charles.

Topics: Alex Smith, Demaryius Thomas, Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, Knowshon Moreno, Peyton Manning, Wes Welker

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  • Travis L Cummins

    While it goes without saying j.c. needs to be stellar to give kc a good chance at winning, id argue the man who touches the ball 100% of the offensive snaps needs to be even better. I dont see a 0 passing td game or a 200 or less passing total will get us a W.. we cant rely on the defense or special teams winning this game for us by putting up more points the our offense. ive said I love the chance our defense gives us to win this game, but without a strong showing by #11 I fear it wont be enough

    • toperspective

      Agree. If the Chiefs passing game continues to struggle the Broncos will have too many possessions to overcome. I’m trusting Reid to improve the offense after the bye week. He has a good post bye week track record. I hope AS is up to the task.

    • erocks49ers

      I think the last ting the Chiefs need to do is start launching the ball. Long drives. Manning gets frustrated easily when hes kept off the field. If the Chiefs do score quickly it should be in the first quarter.

      I’m not so much worried about AS as I am false starts. Can’t afford them killing drives

      • Travis L Cummins

        Where did I say launching the ball? I said alex needs to be better… running , throwing. He needs to be accurate and keep the offense moving? So again where is that saying he needs to throw 30-50 yard bombs? We all know Charles will do his job. We need alex to be better than he has been it what I said

  • toperspective

    True. However, this week they are going to have to get something from AS and the down field passing game to keep the defense honest. Teams have taken away the under routes and will continue to do so until the Chiefs make them pay. I’m sure Denver will be stacking the box this week.

  • Stan

    Everyone better hope our “O” line is ready. They make the holes for Charles and protect for Alex. If they do their job, we win. It’s that simple. Go Chiefs!!!

  • GDL40

    Agree with Travis L Cummins …. For sure JC will need a BIG game, and A. Smith will need to have HIS best game of the season. Which means to me the O-line MUST have their best game of the season ….. the O-line needs to open up holes for our runners, and something they haven’t been doing that we desperately need, is for them to PROTECT and give our QB TIME TO THROW !!!!!
    A lot of different formations, motion before the snap, runs, short passes, slant passes, screens ……

    BUT if our O-line has an average day, we’re finished by halftime …..
    GO CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!

  • RepOurChiefs

    Im banking on the notion that this will be the Chiefs coming out party. #shockdaworld

  • tomflex

    I do believe Andy knows how crucial it is to score early, get a lead and then let the defense have it’s way with Manning. To do this look for the offense to finally go with the read-option with very little passing. Charles and Smith picking up 20 yards a pop with very little risk for turnovers? We could do that all day but we’ll only do it long enough to get the lead……Then it comes down to execution, avoiding mistakes and capitalizing on theirs.

    • anon76returns

      Any idea what opposing RB’s yards per carry are against the Broncos?

      • tomflex

        If I figure right it looks like 3.4

        • anon76returns

          For RBs it’s more like 3.2 (618 yards on 191 carries). QBs are doing a little better (126 yards on 27 carries, 4.7 ypc average excluding kneel-downs), but I still don’t see anybody on the Chiefs getting a lot of 20-yard runs. The Broncos have only given up 5 runs of 20+ yards in 9 games, and one came from a QB (Pryor) and one from a WR (Heyward-Bey).

          • tomflex

            They will if they go with the read option which I know the Chiefs have been working on and Denver won’t adjust quickly enough…like I said it would only be for a couple of drives.

  • erocks49ers

    Nice long clock eating drives. Dink and dunk passes with a heavy dose of Charles. Keep Manning off the field. And when hes on the field, a well rested defense will show him how the grass looks

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