Bucs limit Chiefs' potent rushing attack to season-low
The Chiefs have enjoyed the NFL’s most potent rushing attack through the first five weeks of the season.
They’ve gashed defenses like the Ravens, who yielded 214 total rushing yards and 140 to running back Jamaal Charles alone.
Sunday, the Chiefs rushed for a season-low 80 yards against Tampa Bay, and the reasons were clear.
“That’s our No. 1 goal every week is to stop the run,” defensive tackle Roy Miller said. “And definitely against Jamaal, you definitely didn’t want him to get those home runs like we talked about. Everybody did their jobs and at the end of the day, it all added up.”
Coach Greg Schiano credited his defensive front, saying, “Shutting down the running game, that was the challenge. They did an incredible job.”
Charles, who entered the weekend as the league’s leading rusher, was shaken up on the game’s first play. But he returned to rush 12 times, with almost no success. He finished with 40 yards on 12 carries, ultimately becoming a non-factor as the deficit grew and Kansas City fell farther behind.
No one on the Bucs’ roster knows Charles better than Miller, his one-time roommate at the University of Texas. And Miller could tell the Bucs defense was taking a toll, not only physically but emotionally, too.
“When you go into the game getting as many yards as he does, you definitely get frustrated,” Miller said.
One of the keys to the Bucs' run defense on Sunday was safety Mark Barron. He played in the box and had a team-high eight tackles, including two for losses.