Ground Game Could be the Difference Versus Cincinnati

Posted Nov 16, 2012

If the Chiefs want to give the fans and military attending Sunday’s game a reason to shout for victory, the running game will likely be a main reason why. With the overtime loss to the Steelers Monday night in the rearview mirror, the Chiefs continue to focus on correcting mistakes and maximizing their strengths, which includes the ground game.

It’s been said many times and by many offensive minds, ‘It all starts up front,’ and with the Chiefs, it’s no different. “Being able to run the ball sets the tone for an entire football team. Of course as an offensive lineman, it’s our responsibility to block and allow the running backs to hit the hole and get the game going,” said rookie G Jeff Allen, who helps spear the AFC’s fourth best run game (149 yards/game).

Kansas City’s ground attack produced 142 yards Monday night, 53.4 yards more than the Steelers allowed average (88.6). The Chiefs are tied for fifth in the NFL with 37 rushes of 10 yards.

Meanwhile, the Bengals visit Arrowhead Sunday allowing an average of 118.3 yards per game, seventh in the AFC (20th in the NFL). The match up could be favorable for the Chiefs if the chains continue to move and in critical situations, such as the fourth quarter. Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis agrees, “You know I think we ran the ball effectively well (Monday night) and I think that we showed signs of making plays in crucial times, especially in the fourth quarter. Overall, I’m proud of the guys. We just have to pick it up and try to win a ball game.”

Hillis’ running mate, RB Jamaal Charles has 4,965 career yards from scrimmage, placing him 16th in team history and in need of 35 more yards to become the 16th player in team history to cover 5,000 scrimmage yards.

With a healthy Hillis and Charles in the backfield and the hawk in the air, a sunny but chilly Sunday is primed to be a good old-fashioned “three yards and a cloud of dust” type of game for the Chiefs. However, with the way the Chiefs have been running the ball, a small piece of daylight might turn those three yards into so much more.

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