FBG says: Tough matchup. What has happened to the Chiefs rushing offense? The past two weeks have been far from kind to this unit as their trio of running backs has amassed just 73 rushing yards from only 18 attempts. It is clear that this coaching staff will be quick to put the game in the hands of Patrick Mahomes and abandon the run when the going gets tough. The Chiefs have been a pass-first team all season though--it has just been magnified in these last two weeks with the losses. On the season, they rank 24th in rushing yards per game (82.7) and 28th in rushing attempts per game (20.5). Injuries have not helped as both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams have been banged up at times. Both were playing last week though, and neither looked to be effective at all. McCoy has actually seen the majority of rushing attempts in two of his last three games, including last week as he rushed eight times to just one rush from Damien Williams. McCoy has looked like the better back and is averaging over five yards per carry compared less than two yards per carry from Damien Williams. Williams did lead the backfield in snaps, but he can't be expected to shoulder the load for this backfield with how well McCoy is playing right now. Either way, however, this is a low-volume backfield running behind an offensive line that may again be without starting left guard Andrew Wylie.
Denver's run defense has had two outstanding showings in back-to-back weeks, holding Derrick Henry to just 28 yards on 15 carries last week and holding the duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to just 38 yards on 15 carries the week prior. Recent changes on the defensive line continued to pay dividends last week as Mike Purcell is excelling at nose tackle while Shelby Harris fits well on the end. A.J. Johnson is also proving to be a spectacular addition to this linebacker group as he has looked sharp in his first two career starts and has solidified his starting role for the remainder of this season. Their slow start to the season can't be ignored though, as this group did give up that huge game to Leonard Fournette in Week 4 after allowing five rushing touchdowns in the three games prior. However, outside of the big game to Fournette, Denver has held every other lead running back they have faced to less than 3.7 yards per carry. This is a run defense on the rise while the Chiefs low-volume rushing offense comes into town on the struggle bus.