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Jamaal Charles, Chiefs running game will be challenged by Chargers defense

After KC's big day on the ground last week, San Diego's defense will look to slow down Charles.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Kansas City Chiefs found success in the running game last week in their comeback win over the New Orleans Saints.

After falling behind 24-6 in the second half, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll stuck with running back Jamaal Charles and the current NFL rushing leader delivered. A 91-yard third quarter run by Charles sparked the Kansas City comeback which ended with a 27-24 overtime win. Charles would end up carrying the ball 33 times for 233.

This week the Chiefs will face a much stiffer run defense when the San Diego Chargers visit Arrowhead Stadium. After last week's results, the Chargers' defensive playmakers at linebacker will be keeping an eye on the Kansas City backfield.

"There are a bunch of them," Daboll said about San Diego's linebackers. "They roll them all in there. Shaun Phillips, he can rush the passer. Jarret Johnson, I played against him at Baltimore, and he is as stout and tough as they come, and then they roll the three first-rounders in there and you have to be ready for all of them because they can rush, they can cover and they can defend the run pretty well. That's why they've given up only 67 yards rushing per game."

Those numbers have San Diego ranked fourth in the NFL in rush defense so something will have to give as they try to slow down Kansas City's league-leading rushing attack.