From Arrowhead Stadium
Jamaal Charles was involved in 24 plays during Sunday’s game against Denver.
But a pair of those two dozen touches were among the biggest plays of the game, although they are largely forgotten in the aftermath of the Chiefs 10-6 victory over the Broncos. Both plays came in the game’s last seven minutes:
- With just under five minutes to play, Charles recovered a fumbled snap by QB Matt Cassel. The play was a six-yard loss, but the Chiefs kept control of the ball thanks to Charles.
- Right before the two-minute warning, Charles ran wide right on a sweep trying to get a first down on a 2nd-and-6 play. Not only did Charles tiptoe on the edge long enough to get the first down, he stayed in bounds and did not stop the clock.
“It was a big first down by Jamaal,” said head coach Todd Haley. “Jamaal has made so much progress as a player, a person. It’s easy to see Jamaal’s success and think this guy has always been here. This guy has developed and has really impressed all of us and that’s a little play that no one will probably ever notice.
“He turned the corner, he stayed in bounds, got the first down; that’s something that we work awfully hard at having our team understand how important it is to be a smart team and understand the situations. I was really proud of him there.
“Jamaal’s another one of those guys that just keeps impressing me.”
After the weekend action, Charles is the No. 3 rusher in the league with 1,137 yards on 182 carries, for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He trails Houston’s Arian Foster (1,230 yards) and Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville (1,177 yards).
Charles’ season so far has produced the seventh best running season in Chiefs history.
ONE TONY PASSES ANOTHER TONY
With his four catches against Denver, TE Tony Moeaki became the most prolific rookie receiver at tight end in franchise history. He now has 36 catches for 438 yards.
That exceeds the 33 catches hauled in by Tony Gonzalez in his rookie season back in 1997. Walter White holds the team record for receiving yardage by a rookie tight end with 559 yards in 1975.
Moeaki is on pace to catch 597 receiving yards this season.
DEXTER IS BACK ON THE FIELD AND A LITTLE RUSTY
After missing five weeks with his sprained ankle, Dexter McCluster was back and a part of the offense and defense in the Denver game.
Just having him back on the field was enough to help the offense and have the Broncos defense reacting.
“I think that they have to recognize Dexter because of his explosiveness,” said Cassel. “You could see it as he ran those dummy reverses where they constantly had somebody run over to the other side of the field and we had a lot of production running the zone to that side of the field. You definitely have to account for him.
“Hopefully as we move forward we can get him more involved in the offense and the overall scheme of things.”
McCluster was busy, although the coaches didn’t wear him out:
- Rushing â€“ 5 carries for 11 yards, with a long run of five yards.
- Receiving â€“ 2 catches for 25 yards, with a long reception of 19 yards.
- Punt return â€“ 2 returns for 6 yards.
- Kickoff return â€“ 3 returns for 60 yards, with a long return of 28 yards.
That’s 12 touches for 102 yards. But he also had a fumble that was recovered by Denver
“Their corners played well I thought. Flowers was going in and out of the game a little bit there but I thought they really competed hard. I thought Carr played very well today.”
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels on Chiefs cornerbacks.
“We gave up too many yards on the ground. We have to wrap up and make tackles if we want to continue to have success.”
DT Shaun Smith on Chiefs run defense.
“The Chiefs made adjustments for our passing game. We were able to run the ball. We just weren’t able to punch it in for scores. We were effective running the ball it just wasn’t enough.”
WR Brandon Lloyd on K.C. defense.