Dexter McCluster should provide a spark to a running game that underperformed in losses at Oakland and Denver
After three consecutive weeks of rushing for more than 200 yards as a team, the Kansas City Chiefs had the most feared rushing attack in the NFL. Then they ran into division foes in games at Oakland and Denver and produced 155 yards combined.
If the Chiefs are going to turn their fortunes around and assure themselves of at least a share of first place in the AFC West, they will need to resurrect their running game against the Cardinals. Arizona ranks 28th in the league in rush defense.
In addition to allowing a whopping league-worst 29 points per game, the Cardinals also rank dead last in another category that generally indicative of not being able to stop the run: time of possession.
For Kansas City to be put an end to this stretch where they’ve lost four of their last six games, they will need to run the ball and control the clock. If they can do that, they will be able to keep their defense off the field, a unit that was blasted by the Broncos last week for 35 first-half points.
Dexter McCluster, who was inactive the past two weeks, should be back for the Chiefs this week. His presence should add a dimension to the offense that the Cardinals will need to account for, which should ultimately help the Chiefs’ running game.