Double Protection: Chiefs at Colts
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts considered Kansas City Chiefs operating again Jamaal Charles "public enemy No. 1" heading into the groups' Week sixteen matchup.
Not much has modified within the 10 days since.
Going into Saturday's AFC wild-card recreation, the Colts still view the all-purpose working back as the visiting Chiefs' major menace.
The Colts have made stopping the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 106 yards and a TD within the teams' earlier meeting, their top priority Saturday.
"We called him public enemy No. 1 and he still is," Colts coach Chuck Pagano stated Tuesday. "[He totaled] 1,900-plus yards from scrimmage. First and foremost, that's the guy that you have to take away."
It appeared as though Charles was on his option to an enormous day Dec. 22 after he rushed for 37 yards on Kansas Metropolis's opening possession – the final 31 coming on a scoring run. But he gained sixty nine yards on only 11 carries the rest of the way in which (he also had 5 receptions for 38 yards), and the Colts received 23-7.
"I by no means query the sport plan," Charles stated Tuesday. "I know it's going to be a load on me this week."
Charles will be well rested Saturday after having sat out the Chiefs' common-season finale towards the San Diego Chargers.
The Chiefs' greatest chance of profitable is by getting the ball to Charles as much as possible – handing it off or throwing it to him.
"If you happen to simply look at his numbers, 13 touches in the run recreation for 106 yards, you would need to say if I was Coach [Andy] Reid and the rest of your staff, I'd say – particularly in an setting if it will be loud and the game warrants that you could stick to the run – I'm certain we'll see Jamaal," Pagano said. "If he would not touch the ball 30 instances, I would be shocked."
Oh yeah, working the ball is at all times a good factor to do… You stop the run, you beat the Chiefs.
” - Jamaal Charles
Mentioned Charles, who was third in the league with 1,287 speeding yards and had 70 catches for 693 yards: "Oh yeah, running the ball is always a great factor to do. But at the end of the day, we know they'll attempt their hardest to cease the run. You stop the run, you beat the Chiefs."
Charles is a veteran of six NFL seasons however this will probably be solely his second playoff game. He was with the Chiefs in 2010 when they misplaced a wild-card recreation to the Baltimore Ravens. He scored a landing that day but additionally lost a fumble, learning a precious lesson about playoff football along the way.
The Chiefs will lean on Charles on Saturday more than they did in 2010 in opposition to Baltimore.
"I do know what's at stake," he mentioned. "I really want this. I really need to go far. If I've to put the crew on my again, I'll. I'm actually excited to take [on] this function."