Rush Brothers Have Big Day

From Reliant Stadium, Houston

During the bye week, Thomas Jones took a trip to New York. He took a friend with him, a fellow by the name of Jamaal Charles.

“I wanted to have him meet some of my friends and see the city,” said Jones. “We had a good time.”

They were having a good time on Sunday as well, until the fourth quarter of the Chiefs loss to the Texans. The use of Jones and Charles has generated great debate among Chiefs fans this season, but that hasn’t extended to the backs themselves. They’ve become friends, even mentor and pupil a bit.

“We are friends, almost like brothers,” said Jones. “We hope to see each other do well.”

Both are willing to take whatever Todd Haley and Charlie Weis decide on any given game day.

On Sunday in Houston, they shared the touches. Jones turned in his first 100-yard rushing game in a Chiefs uniform, hitting the century mark right on the button with 19 carries, a nice 5.3-yard per carry average. Charles wasn’t left out, as he ran 16 times for 93 yards, an even better 13.5-yard average.

Throw in 27 yards from Dexter McCluster – topped a pretty 20-yard end around – and eight yards from QB Matt Cassel and the Chiefs finished with 228 yards on 38 carries, a six-yard per carry average.

Charles caught four passes for 24 yards and Jones caught one pass for 10 yards. So the numbers rang down as 20 touches for Jones that produced 110 yards and 20 touches for Charles that produced 117 yards.

And in the end it all went for naught.

“We made some plays on offense today but when you lose the game it doesn’t matter,” said Jones. “That’s the point of making those plays; to help your team win. It was a tough loss. It hurts to play well and lose, but that’s part of the game. We have to bounce back quickly.”

Charles was Charles, as he made some dazzling runs where it seemed like there was minimal room to run and 10 yards later he was being tackled. At one point, he turned what was going to easily a minus four or five-yard play into a gain of seven yards. He was steps away several times for breaking a long run.

Jones showed a dose of speed and quickness that was not consistently visible in the season’s first four games. Several times, the 32-year old stuck his foot in the natural grass surface of Reliant Stadium and exploded into running lanes.

“I think our execution as better this week than what we did last week,” Jones said. “We had a great week of practice and that’s where it starts.”

For Jones, it was his 33rd career game with 100 yards or more. It’s a third time he’s done it against the Texans, including last year when he ran for 107 yards in Reliant Stadium while wearing the green and white of the New York Jets.

As he was headed out of the Chiefs locker room on Sunday, Jones was the philosophical veteran who has won the hearts of just about everyone around the team.

“You have to look at the good things we did and feel good about those things,” Jones said. “But you also have to take the negatives and work and correct them quick. Anytime you lose a game it hurts, regardless of the situation.

“You put in so much work during the week and you play down to the wire like that, it hurts. You have to have a short memory in this league and bounce back and get ready for next week.” Here are the numbers for Jones and Charles over the first five games:

Player

Rush.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

 

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

 

Tot

Yds.

TDs

Jones

79

336

4.3

2

 

3

16

5.3

0

 

95

352

2

Charles

66

418

6.3

1

 

12

130

10.8

0

 

78

548

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