The Kansas City Chiefs are no longer perfect and no longer hold the lead in the AFC West, but no one is certainly thinking any less of them after they put up a good fight in week 11 of the 2013 NFL season against the high-powered Denver Broncos.
Though it was a losing effort, you can’t fault the Chiefs’ defense in their game against Denver. Sure, they allowed 27 points, but that’s also the fewest points that the Broncos have scored in a game this season and Kansas City became just the second team to hold Denver to fewer than 30 points in a game this year. In week 12, the Chiefs will meet up with the other team that was able to do so in the San Diego Chargers.
Despite holding the Broncos offense to only 28 points, the Chargers defense hasn’t been great this year. They rank in the middle of the NFL in terms of defending the run and are in the cellar of the league in terms of defending the pass. Though some might say that San Diego’s ineptitude against the pass could mean a big game for Alex Smith, I think it could mean a resurgent game from running back Jamaal Charles.
Against the vaunted Broncos run defense, Charles averaged 4.9 yards per carry, but only ended up with 78 yards overall for the night. Charles has been solid in recent weeks, but hasn’t seen a huge workload lately and hasn’t had the monster game that he’s been known to have. In fact, Charles only has one 100-yard rushing game on the entire season.
Part of this is a gut feeling, but part of it is also because I believe that the Chiefs will look to get him heavily involved on Sunday, but I can see Charles having a big game on Sunday. San Diego’s run defense, as I said, isn’t stout by any means and, if Charles is getting a lot of touches, he’s always liable to make some big plays. No certainties, but some big plays could be coming this week.