Can the Eagles shut the down the Chiefs’ rookie running back?
When people often think of the Kansas City offense, it’s the passing game and Patrick Mahomes that typically crosses minds first. That’s to be understood, but the Chiefs can run the ball too.
K.C.’s rushing attack isn’t on par with the Eagles, but the Chiefs are relatively efficient when they determine that they want to run the ball. Kansas City’s ground attack played a huge part in their last Super Bowl run as it eclipsed 196 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. They also contributed to the passing game, tallying two receiving touchdowns during that same stretch.
Seventh-round rookie running back Isiah Pacheco has been a welcomed surprise for K.C. as he has contributed mightily to the cause with a fine first season (830 rushing yards, five touchdowns). He’s added 121 rushing yards to his resume during the first two games of the postseason run.
He is a small guy, but he’s stronger than you might think. He runs angry, and he has proven to be hard to tackle. He also has some help.
Jerick McKinnon is used often in the receiving game, and he gets a lot of looks. He contributed 512 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season. Keep an eye out for him as he might be a wildcard.