Entering the final weekend of the NFL’s regular season, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is just 56 yards behind the league’s leading rusher, Houston’s Arian Foster. Charles has said he is “still trying to get the rushing title”, while head coach Todd Haley continues to talk about playing his starters as if nothing has changed.
If Charles is going to take home his first rushing title, Haley will have to be true to his word.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has made it clear that it is a big deal for Foster to become the first Houston player to lead the league in rushing since Earl Campbell.
“I think it’s important to the team. I think it’s important to the offense.” Kubiak said Thursday.
He was quick to point out, however, that it won’t be at all costs.
“We are not going into the game and say that we are just going to give it to Arian and see if he’ll win the rushing title. We want to win the game, but I think that it’s important to everybody that it gets done.”
How important? Kubiak thinks Foster could get up to 40 carries if that’s what it takes to get the job done.
“Arian can handle it. I don’t know if it will happen, but he can handle it. He’s carried it 30-something times before and held up. He’ll be alright.”
All signs point to Charles needing to put up at least a 150 yards to have any chance at winning the rushing crown. To get that sort of yardage, the Chiefs will have to get their electric running back 20+ carries, a number he has only eclipsed three times all season.
Last time out against the Raiders Charles tallied just 53 yards on 10 carries.