The Indianapolis Colts will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a highly anticipated Wild Card playoff game this weekend and have their targets set on stopping one man – running back, Jamaal Charles.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Charles is the Chiefs primary threat and their main concern is to lock him down at all costs:
“We called him public enemy No. 1 and he still is,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. “[He totaled] 1,900-plus yards from scrimmage. First and foremost, that’s the guy that you’ve got to take away.”
Indianapolis blasted the Chiefs in Week 16, winning 23-7, but struggled to bottle up Jamaal Charles who rushed for 106 yards on just 13 carries. Allowing repeat numbers may not bode as well this go around, so the Colts know advancing likely stems on them stopping the Chiefs Pro Bowl running back.
Charles, for what it’s worth, said he expects a heavy load come Saturday’s contest and knows that the outcome will rest on his shoulders:
Oh yeah, running the ball is always a good thing to do. But at the end of the day, we know they’re going to try their hardest to stop the run. You stop the run, you beat the Chiefs.