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The Kansas City Chiefs can run on the Green Bay Packers, and more keys to victory

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Once you get beyond the "OMG Aaron Rodgers is a freak" portion of the Chiefs-Packers analysis, you can see one spot where the Kansas City Chiefs could have some success and that's with their rushing attack. Jamaal Charles, who is better than Eddie Lacy despite what some guy Cris Collinsworth says, is a top back in the league and should be featured heavily in this game.

That's because the Packers are dead last in the NFL in yards per carry given up. They are second to last in the league in total rushing yards allowed. Green Bay gave up 141 yards on the ground to the Bears' Matt Forte in Week 1 and 78 yards on the ground to Russell Wilson in Week 2. (Small sample size alert since we're only two games in. Last year, the Packers run defense was 23rd in yards and 20th in yards per attempt.)

The Chiefs have a back in Jamaal Charles who can make the Packers pay in the rushing game. Less talked about is Alex Smith's ability to move with the ball.

The best way to stop Aaron Rodgers and their offense is to keep him off the field. The Chiefs can accomplish that with a solid rushing attack and ACTUALLY STICKING TO THE RUN (I'm putting that in all caps in the off chance Andy Reid is reading this).

The Chiefs game plan is really no different than in 2011 when these two teams faced. The Packers were 13-0 at that point and a Chiefs team that had just fired its head coach was able to beat Rodgers and Green Bay. I asked former Chiefs RB Thomas Jones how they did it.

The game plan is really no different this time around except that the Chiefs have a much better defense. Make the Packers go 80+ yards each time. Shorten the field for your offense. Control the clock with the running game. Don't lose the turnover battle. Those are  your keys to victory for the Chiefs.

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