If there's one takeaway from the KC Chiefs and Green Bay Packers preseason game on Thursday night, it's that the Chiefs are going to be rushing the ball this year. A lot. Last week KC passed the ball an unusual amount of time, making all of us wonder what this offense was going to look like.
Against the Packers on Thursday, KC's offense looked a lot more familiar -- run, run, run. In fact, the Chiefs ran the ball 10 consecutive times to start the game. Four running backs were used in that span -- Peyton Hillis, Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn and Nate Eachus (Eachus' first first-team snaps). Matt Cassel threw one pass to Dwayne Bowe and then left the game. The Chiefs then went back to rushing the ball.
"We talked about [the running game] and that's the way we practiced on Monday," Romeo Crennel said after the game. "We worked hard at the running game and those guys worked hard at it so we said let's take a look at it and see what we can get done. So that's what we did. It was effective I thought."
Compare this offense to last week's. B.J. Kissel's offensive break down last week noted all that passing was unusual:
I can't promise the Chiefs are going to have a good offense but I don't think you'll see 55% (24/43) of our plays out of the shotgun in the regular season. Cassel won't throw it (34) 4X's as much as Charles and Hillis run the ball (8), and you'll see a lot more than 13% of our plays with Moeaki and Boss on the field together.
This week: 44 carries for 247 yards rushing. They passed the ball 19 times. Now that's the Chiefs offense. All offseason long we've seen indications that the 2010 offense -- when they led the league in rushing -- is on its way back. It's what they do best and it's how you maximize Cassel's strengths with the play-action. These are small sample sizes but Nate Eachus averaged nearly five yards per carry, Peyton Hillis had over seven yards per carry and Shaun Draughn averaged over six.
The best part of all this? Jamaal Charles is barely included! He's been a very small part of the preseason offense.
So the Chiefs offense was decent in this game. The three points isn't ideal but the starters were efficient in the brief time they were in.