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Charles should be more involved in Denver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Given the differing results from the teams in their respective season-openers, you can probably guess where I’m headed with my prediction for this week’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

Though my choice for winner of that game seems obvious, I’ll refrain from going there just now. But here is a prediction I won’t hesitate to make: Jamaal Charles will get the ball more than the 11 times he did in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Think about that for a second. The Chiefs played without Dwayne Bowe, their most accomplished wide receiver, and rookie De'Anthony Thomas, their fastest player.

And they got the ball to their best offensive player seven times on handoffs and another four times on passes.

"They took away a lot of what we had designed for him," coach Andy Reid said.

Charles wasn’t effective when he was getting the ball. He had just 19 yards rushing and 15 receiving. The game also got away from the Chiefs fairly early. The Chiefs had the ball for only 22 minutes and ran just 56 plays, compared to 75 for the Titans.

"In the second half (when) things got away a little bit, you become a little bit one-dimensional," quarterback Alex Smith said.

The Chiefs abandoned their game plan in the second half in an effort to catch up. That happens from time to time. Opposing defenses also can occasionally succeed in eliminating the Charles' impact. He’s had games before where his effect on the outcome has been minimal.

Those games can’t happen often for the Chiefs, who are floundering on offense. It can’t happen on Sunday in Denver, or a season that started miserably for the Chiefs will get even worse.