The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line was shaky at times in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints but considering the turmoil they went through you have to be pleased with how things turned out. The Chiefs saw center Rodney Hudson go down, guard Ryan Lilja move to center and rookie Jeff Allen move to guard. (Got all that?)
And while they did all that, Jamaal Charles was busy being one of the best running backs in the league. He had 186 yards through the first three quarters, aided by 91- and 40-yard runs. Chiefs tackle Eric Winston talked about Charles' day and how the offensive line came together.
"It's funny, you don't usually catch yourself down, I think 18 at one point, in the game and still have as many runs as we did," Winston said. "So it was a little different, but you knew it was just a matter of time before he broke one. You kind of felt it early in the game he was already getting eight, nine yards and usually when that happens there's going to be a big one coming in after that.
"So I think everyone was feeling it, I think the offensive line was feeling it. I think we had a lot of confidence that we could make something big happen. I know Jamaal was really starting to gain a lot of confidence throughout the game."
This is such a contrast to the Chiefs Week 2 game against Buffalo where Charles only had six carries. What's also interesting about this game is that the Chiefs were down 18 and they kept running the ball. That's been one of my critiques about this team -- if they get down early in the game they can't run the ball.
Well, maybe not. That Charles run came with the Chiefs down 18 points.
So maybe in the future I need to re-think what I always say, that the Chiefs can't come back when they're down.
Believe it or not, Matt Cassel has engineered the two biggest comebacks in KC Chiefs history -- 17 points against Indy last year and 18 points against New Orleans this year.