NFL Football

19
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Denver 0 3 10 6 19
Kansas City 14 3 3 9 29
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST6:30 PM CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:� , October 30, 2017
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Weather: 44°, Clear  Attendance: 76,573

Charles returns to K.C. with Broncos

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Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Denver lost, 21-0, to the Chargers at StubHub Center last Sunday, getting shut out for the first time since losing 24-0 to the Raiders in Los Angeles in 1992. The Broncos have been blanked 10 times in franchise history, with all those whitewashes coming on the road.
  2. Kansas City lost a heartbreaker, 31-30, in Oakland in Week 7, dropping its second straight game by a combined seven points. The last time the Chiefs lost while scoring at least 30 points was in 2013 (lost 41-38 to Chargers).
  3. Including a 33-10 home victory, the Chiefs swept the season series from the Broncos last year for the first time since 2000. Dating to 2011, Denver is 5-1 in its last six games vs. Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium.
  4. Trevor Siemian threw for 207 yards and was picked off once in Week 7, failing to record a touchdown pass for the second time in 2017 (also Week 3 in Buffalo). Siemian has thrown just one touchdown pass vs. five interceptions in his three losses this season (7-to-2 TD/INT ratio in three wins).
  5. Alex Smith completed 25-of-36 passes for 342 yards and three scores (0 INT) against the Raiders in Week 7, posting a 127.3 rating in the setback -- his highest single-game rating in any loss during his NFL career. Smith has thrown 238 passes since last being picked off -- the longest active streak in the league, and the third longest of his career overall.
  6. Denver has allowed just 10 rushes of 10 or more yards in 2017 -- second fewest in the NFL. Opponents have 33 runs of 10+ yards against the Chiefs this season (the most allowed by any team in football).
Team Comparison

Denver
 
Kansas City
18.0 Points 29.6
248.2 Pass Yds 282.7
114.5 Rush Yds 129.0
4 Takeaways 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jamaal Charles ran through the tunnel onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium 51 times as he built a legacy in Kansas City as the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher.

Even so, he is unsure what response awaits him Monday night when takes the field as a member of the Denver Broncos.

"I really don't even know," Charles said. "I'm just going up in there to play football like I've been doing my whole life. I gave my all when I was with the Chiefs."

Charles' saga over the last two years provided a roller coaster of emotions for the 30-year-old running back, who rushed for 7,260 yards, added 2,457 receiving and scored 63 touchdowns over nine seasons in Kansas City. Charles tore the ACL in his right knee in October 2015, costing him the bulk of his season. He returned in 2016, but knee inflammation limited him to only 12 carries in three games.

The Chiefs (5-2) parted ways with Charles in February, and the four-time Pro Bowler signed in May with the Broncos (3-3).

"A lot of people think I'm a traitor just because I'm playing with the Broncos, but I'm just trying to get me a job at the end of the day," Charles said. "I'm happy that the Broncos kept that dream alive for me. I'm happy to continue to start a legacy after ... I started one with the Chiefs."

Charles is averaging eight touches per game through the Broncos' first six contests, but coach Vance Joseph envisions an expanded role for the veteran as the season progresses.

"Some of it by purpose, some of it just the games we've been in, but absolutely we want to get him more touches because he's so explosive," Joseph said. "I'm just waiting for him to have one of those Jamaal Charles breakout runs."

More touches for Charles appears exactly what the struggling Denver offense needs. Joseph said the Broncos play their best when running the football, avoiding long third downs and dictating terms to the defense.

"Our goal is to get back to our formula," Joseph said. "Our three wins look the same, and our three losses look the same. We're looking to get back to what we do best."

The Chiefs put an emphasis on quashing the run last week against Oakland and succeeded, holding the Raiders to 88 yards on the ground. However, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr gashed Kansas City's pass defense for 417 yards, driving his club to a 31-30 comeback victory.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid wants to see his team stay aggressive against the run while improving its pass rush.

"We actually did pretty good against the run this past week, and we can do a little bit better of getting pressure on them," Reid said. "There's all different kinds of areas and we can put them in better positions to do it. "

Many Chiefs fans saw red when Charles signed with the Broncos. It's said time heals all wounds, but finding a worthy successor to Charles certain helped as well.

The Chiefs found their heir apparent in this year's draft with Kareem Hunt, and his historic start helped soothe the heartburn precipitated by the departure of Charles. Hunt has emerged as a leading Rookie of the Year candidate in helping the Chiefs rank second in the league at 29.6 points per game.

Hunt leads the NFL with 717 rushing yards and also has 25 catches for 285 yards with six total touchdowns, though hasn't scored in the last four games. He topped 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first seven games, a league record he hopes to extend Monday night.

Charles sees an all-around back in Hunt.

"He's taken over the tradition of the running backs where Larry Johnson took over from Priest Holmes, I took over from Larry Johnson," Charles said. "I'm happy for the guy. I wish the guy breaks all my records."

Charles said he credits Reid for helping himself and other Chiefs, including Hunt, achieve their greatness.

"Andy Reid is a great offensive mind," Charles said. "He can get any average person or any guy that can come into his offense and make plays and make them look like superstars."

Reid shares similar warm feelings for Charles.

"I like Jamaal," Reid said. "I'm not telling you I am pulling for him on Monday. The other times I am pulling for him. He is a good kid and sure was a great player here."

That connection between the Chiefs and Charles runs deep, making an emotional affair likely Monday night. When former general manager John Dorsey called Charles to let him know the Chiefs planned to release him, Dorsey discussed plans for making sure Charles retired as a Chief and putting his name along the club's Ring of Honor inside Arrowhead Stadium.

Charles, though, stands grateful the Broncos let him continue his career, though part of him remains in Kansas City.

"Some people probably don't think that I (am), but in my heart, I'm always a Chief," Charles said.

Updated October 26, 2017

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