KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs spent last season running over, through and around just about defense they faced, piling up some of the most impressive rush statistics a pass-heavy league has witnessed in recent years.
With an emerging superstar in Jamaal Charles, veteran Thomas Jones, a sparkplug in Dexter McCluster and former All-Pro fullback Le'Ron McClain, Kansas City figured to be even better this year.
Then Charles went down with a season-ending knee injury, throwing everything off.
The Chiefs eked out just 103 yards rushing in a 22-17 victory over Minnesota last Sunday, averaging a mere 3.7 yards on 28 carries. Jones led the way with 37 yards, while slow-footed quarterback Matt Cassel was their most effective option, scrambling four times for 20 yards.
Compare that to last season, when Kansas City averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 164 yards per game, and it's easy to see why the Chiefs have been forced to air it out in the second half of games while getting...