Jamaal Charles Listed As Probable For Monday Night Showdown With New England

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 | 0

Jamaal Charles

After picking up their first win of the 2014 season over the Miami Dolphins in week 3, the Kansas City Chiefs got some more good news regarding their star running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles, who has been out of action since spraining his ankle early on against the Denver Broncos in Week 3, has practiced for three straight days and has been labeled as probable for the Chiefs’ Week 4 Monday Night Football showdown with the New England Patriots.

After racking up 19 touchdowns as the highest-scoring running back in 2013, Charles was used sparingly in the limited action he’s seen this season. Perhaps that was an effort by Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to limit his exposure to re-injuring a foot issue suffered in training camp.

Promising backup Knile Davis filled in impressively for Charles in Week 2, scoring two times in the Chiefs’ narrow loss to the Broncos, and then adding 132 pounding yards and another score at Miami. Davis should be in line for a few touches on Monday night, but the Kansas City backfield is undoubtedly Charles’ if he is healthy.

The Patriots defense has been solid this year, but they have had some trouble with running backs. If Charles can return to close to full strength, expect him to carry a heavy workload as the Chefs attempt to keep the ball out of New England quarterback Tom Brady’s hands. However, Brady has looked erratic at best this season, leading many to speculate that the 36-year-old Brady’s best numbers are in the rearview mirror.

Kansas City can add fuel to that fire by beating the struggling Patriots in week 4, but if we’ve learned one thing from the Patriots over the past decade or more, it’s to never count them out.

Both teams need a win, and the Chiefs’ chances may or may not be improved with Charles in the lineup. He’s no doubt one of the most electrifying backs in football when healthy, but it cannot be denied that he simply doesn’t have the punishing style that Davis uses to wear down opposing defenses as games wear on.

It could be argued that the chiefs stand a better chance with Davis in the starters’ role, or perhaps a committee of sorts would work out in their favor.

If Brady can’t seem to get back on track, the Chiefs will be looking to hand the ball off to wither one of their effective running backs to make this game play out according to their strengths.

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