On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Sep. 03, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Thu., Sep. 04, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Sun., Sep. 07, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts

    The Denver Broncos open up the 2014 season when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the first AFC West matchup of the 2014 season. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 12:00 PM MDT Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly.
  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first road game of the 2014 season. The game will be televised on CBS.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Broncos Look to Corral Charles, Chiefs

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Denver knows that one key to victory will be containing Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In all but one game during the Broncos’ 10-game winning streak, they have led by double-digits at some point during the fourth quarter.

Though late scores by San Diego in Week 11 and Tampa Bay in Week 13 resulted in one-possession margins of victory, those games lacked the drama that the final scores might indicate.

The only team to stay within striking distance of Denver for four quarters during the current winning streak was Kansas City, which had three fourth-quarter possessions that started with the Chiefs trailing by just five points. The Broncos didn’t seal the victory in Kansas City until a 12-play, six-minute drive resulted in a short field goal and an eight-point lead with just 14 seconds to play.

The memory of the fight the Chiefs put up in Week 12 is still fresh in the Broncos locker room.

“It’s a great test for us going against this defense,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “(Kansas City) held us to 17 points last time and there’s some things they did well, some things that we can do better, and it’s a great test from that standpoint. That’s what we’re going to try to use this week as -- a chance to try to improve.”

One of the biggest reasons Denver was unable to pull away from Kansas City in the previous meeting was the play of Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who picked up 107 yards rushing on 23 carries. Charles is one of just three opposing rushers to top the 100-yard mark against the Broncos this season. Preventing him from having another big day on the ground is one of the top priorities for the Broncos defense, which is ranked third in the NFL against the run.

“That’s the task in front of us,” Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said. “They’re very good at it. They’ve got a big, physical line. They’ve got a bunch of talented backs, including a Pro Bowler who’s had a sensational year coming back from injury. That’s the challenge. They’ve run it on everybody. They ran it like crazy last week, and they ran it pretty good last time (in Week 12). We’ve just got to man up, get off blocks and tackle, and get them off the field.”

Charles enters Week 17 third in the NFL in rushing with 1,456 yards and an impressive average of 5.4 yards per carry. In seven career games against the Broncos, Johnson has averaged 5.8 yards per carry and gained 599 yards rushing.

“It’s going to be a good challenge,” defensive end Elvis Dumervil said. “He had 100 (yards) against us the first week, the first time we played them, so we’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ve got to make sure we stop a really good running back.”

With runs of 80, 86 and 91 yards, Charles’ combination of straight-line speed and cutback ability gives the Kansas City offense a home run threat that has the full attention of the Denver defense.

“He reads the holes and reads his blocks better than most in the league,” safety Rahim Moore said. “Once he puts his foot in the ground and gets a crease, he is gone. There is no catching him. He has been doing that since he came into the league. He is having a fantastic season. He is a big-time competitor so we’re looking forward to it.”

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.