The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs

A weekly look at what the Kansas City Chiefs must fix:

The Chiefs were disappointed they had only 50 offensive plays in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but there's a way they can almost guarantee they'll have more snaps in their next game, on Oct. 19 against the San Diego Chargers.

The Chiefs need to run the ball more frequently. They tried only 19 rushing plays, a number far too low given the facts the Chiefs led for much of the game and they were gaining yardage at a nice clip when they gave the ball to Jamaal Charles. He had 80 yards on his 15 carries, or 5.3 yards per carry.

The running game was working in San Francisco, so this was a self-inflicted wound. The running game will work more often than not when the Chiefs are committed to making it work with Charles and Knile Davis.

They could have extended more drives by going to Charles or Davis on third-and-short or medium-yardage situations. But against the 49ers, the Chiefs had seven third-down plays where they needed four or fewer yards to convert.

The Chiefs passed every time. The Chiefs threw an incomplete pass on third-and-1 in the fourth quarter when the situation begged for them to hand the ball to Charles or Davis.

Coach Andy Reid said he now regrets not going to Charles on that play. It's too late to help them in San Francisco -- but it won't be the next time.