Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was technically the starter and Knile Davis the reserve Monday night, but beyond that the lines were blurred. They both played a lot early in the game, a rotation the Chiefs haven't used since Davis joined the team as a third-round draft pick last year.
There was much to like about the results, with Davis rushing for 107 yards on 16 carries and Charles 92 yards on 18 carries. What may be more meaningful to the Chiefs than the stats was this: They got as much from Davis as they did Charles.
"We knew before the game started that I was going to get some reps and Knile was going to get some reps," Charles said. "Knile is starting to believe in himself. He's starting to feel comfortable, and I'm happy for him."
The two players complement each other. Both are fast and big-play threats. But Davis is bigger, more powerful and wears down a defense faster. Charles has the ability to make defenders miss. As the story said, it was really the first time Reid has used that type of rotation, and that even dates back to his days with the Eagles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward because that matchup was a pretty good one and all the results were positive. Unfortunately for owners of both, there are some really tough matchups coming up, starting with the 49ers in Week 5, followed by the Bears, Chargers, Rams, Jets and Bills.