The prevailing thought this offseason is that the Chiefs now have one of the best rushing attacks in the league since signing Thomas Jones with some people raising the possibility of Kansas City’s top two backs each gaining 1,000 yards. If they do it would be only the 6th time in NFL history a team accomplished that feat.
Here’s the list, which does not include the 2006 Falcons, for whom QB Michael Vick and tailback Warrick Dunn each rushed for more than 1,000 yards:
|Team||Back 1||Back 2|
|1972 Dolphins||Larry Csonka (1,117)||Mercury Morris (1,000)|
|1976 Steelers||Franco Harris (1,128)||Rocky Bleier (1,036)|
|1985 Browns||Kevin Mack (1,104)||Earnest Byner (1,002)|
|2008 Giants||Brandon Jacobs (1,089)||Derrick Ward (1,025)|
|2009 Panthers||Jonathan Stewart (1,133)||DeAngelo Williams (1,117)|
Even if Charles and Jones don’t both reach 1,000 yards, barring injury they will both hit at least 500 and we saw last year that doesn’t guarantee wins. Only five of the twelve teams that had two backs break the 500 yard barrier ending up making the playoffs. Hell, the Panthers were third in the league in rushing with the historic season from Stewart/Williams but they were only 8-8.
With that being said, I’ll take my chances with a non-stop ground game from the Chiefs. There may not have been a correlation last season between two-headed rushing attack and the playoffs, but I know the Chiefs will have a chance to take a huge step forward if Charles and Jones get anywhere near 2,000 yards between them.