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Film room: The Kansas City Chiefs know how to run

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Kansas City won on Monday night for a multitude of reasons, chief among them a devastating rushing attack.

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Dilip Vishwanat

When you beat a team in the NFL by 27 points, more than one component of your team played excellently. On Monday night in front of a record-setting crowd clad in red, the Kansas City Chiefs throttled and humiliated the New England Patriots to the tune of 41-14. Oddly enough, the score makes the game seem closer than what it really was.

Kansas City controlled everything that went on Monday, from forcing three turnovers to throwing and rushing for over 200 yards respectively. The Chiefs put forth a complete team effort which resulted in the second win of the season and legitimate hope that Kansas City could have two teams playing meaningful postseason games in one calendar year.

Inside the Film Room, we will study three plays that exemplified why the Chiefs were able to run at will against a talented Patriots front seven. For anybody new to these posts, there will be snapshots below of each play, broken down into a few frames with explanations underneath.

Enjoy, I sure did.

Play 1 - Knile Davis rumbles for 48 yards

2nd quarter, 1st and 10 from NE 14, KC leads 7-0

Davis 1

In this formation, Dwayne Bowe (circled) has motioned from the right side to behind the line. Above him are A.J. Jenkins and Donnie Avery, respectively. Anthony Fasano is lined up tight right, with Davis in the backfield.

Davis 2

This play is beautifully designed. Smith fakes the handoff on the end-around to Jenkins with his left hand while simultaneously handing the ball off to Davis with his right. Look at all the New England defenders sprinting to the wrong side of the field in an attempt to corral Jenkins. Bowe is circled again, helping to sell the reverse by running toward Rob Ninkovich. The handoff is perfectly executed and it leads to a massive gain.

In a few frames, we will see from a different angle how the line dominated up front. But before we do, here is another look at how this turns into a huge gain.

Davis 3

Any explanation needed? Half of New England's defense is still convinced Jenkins has the ball.

Davis 4

Look at the flow from this angle, it's incredible. Now glance at the hole Davis is plowing through. Eric Fisher and Mike McGlynn have sealed the left edge while Rodney Hudson is taking on Vince Wilfork one-on-one and winning. By the way, sign Hudson immediately.

Davis 5

In this final look, we see Wilfork getting a hand on Davis, but that is nowhere near enough. Davis runs by as McGlynn walls off Jerod Mayo and Fisher handles Chandler Jones. Job well done.

Play 2- Jamaal Charles sprints for 17 yards

1st Quarter, 1st and 10 from NE 27, Tied 0-0

Charles 1

Kansas City shows a power formation to the right side with Fasano and Travis Kelce tight right (arrows). Junior Hemingway is split left with Anthony Sherman and Jamaal Charles in the backfield. New England has eight in the box, ready for a power run.

Charles 2

Circled above are Fisher on the edge and Sherman in the hole. Fisher does a great job of standing Jones up while Sherman folds up Jamie Collins. The only problem is Collins and Sherman end up on the ground and clog up the hole, forcing Charles to improvise. Meanwhile, Hemingway is taking Darrelle Revis up field with his route.

Charles 3

Fisher realizes the hole is closed and makes a great play, turning Jones and sealing him with a slam to the turf. Hemingway has engaged Revis with a block at the 38-yard line, leaving Charles with a huge lane to run into.

Charles 4

Hemingway is still blocking Revis, seven yards later. If Hemingway is lazy or doesn't get a good block, Charles might only have a modest gain. Instead, Hemingway gives superb effort and leads to a nice scamper. Let's look at the other view below.

Charles 5

You can see Fisher engaging Jones while Sherman is about to hit Collins in the hole. Check out Ryan Harris, about to execute a perfect cut block on Wilfork between the hashes.

Charles 6

You can see Sherman and Harris getting their men to the ground, but Charles sees too much trash inside to gain yardage. Fisher keeps his block and sets up the entire play by turning Jones inside (behind left goalpost).

Charles 7

Here is a final view. Three Patriots are on the ground and Charles has a road to daylight.

Play 3 - Davis gallops for 16 yards

3rd quarter, 1st and 10 from KC 42, KC leads 17-0

Davis 11

Here we have a power formation with Fasano and Kelce tight right with Sherman and Davis in the backfield. Hemingway is the lone receiver on the left side. Look familiar to you? Yeah, it is the exact same formation as the previous play we went over.

Davis 22

Right before the snap, Sherman took a few steps left. At the start of the play, Hemingway eats up open space and heads for Revis. Fisher seals the inside edge, getting leverage and turning his man inside. McGlynn also seals next to Fisher, creating a nice lane. However, the key block here is Sherman. He destroys Dont'a Hightower, folding him up and opening a huge space.

Davis 33

We now see Fisher four yards further downfield, still piledriving his man. Now look at Hemingway, who despite dropping a pass played a great game. Hemingway is owning Revis, allowing Davis to cut up field and ultimately reach New England's 42-yard-line.

Final thought

The Chiefs took apart a very talented front seven in this game. New England had the proper looks in the box but simply couldn't handle the physicality that Kansas City brought. When the dust settled, the Chiefs had rushed for 207 yards on 5.4 yards per carry.

If Kansas City can continue this type of dominance up front, this will be a very enjoyable campaign.

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