Why Damien Williams will be the main X-Factor for the Chiefs against the Broncos in Week 7
The Kansas City Chiefs will hit the road to take on the Denver Broncos in their next game of the season. While Kansas City’s offense tries to figure things out, Damien Williams will be the main X-Factor for the Chiefs against the Broncos in Week 7.
After starting the season with a 4-0 record, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have lost their last two games. The defense has been a weakness for them all season. But even the offense has shown some negative signs in recent weeks.
Among the most glaring issues in their offense is their inability to run the ball. Kansas City boasts a backfield that includes Damien Williams, LeSean McCoy, and Darrel Williams.
Out of those three guys, Damien is considered the starter in the offense. This week, he is going to have show it against a Denver defense that has been revitalized in the past couple of weeks.
Last season, when Williams took over for Kareem Hunt, he flashed some upside in the offense as a runner and receiver. Williams combined for 416 yards from scrimmage, 5.7 yards per touch, and six total touchdowns.
Fast forward to this season, and his play has significantly regressed in Kansas City. Through the first six weeks, Williams has just 179 yards from scrimmage on 45 touches and two touchdowns.
We all know how dangerous the Chiefs passing attack can be when it’s at its full strength. As the last two weeks have shown, Kansas City is going to need to balance their offense if they want to get back into the win column.
In their last two games, the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans had similar approaches to defeat them. Both the Colts and Texans controlled the time of possession by handing the ball off to their running back. It just so happens that Houston also has Deshaun Watson, who can create problems for a defense.
For Kansas City to combat this, they’re going to need to try to keep their defense off of the field. They can achieve this by having Mahomes hand the ball off to Williams. In addition, getting Williams into a groove could take some pressure off of Mahomes.
Currently, the Chiefs have the 24th ranked rushing offense and have just 123 rushing attempts this season (26th in the NFL). As talented as the offense is, there’s no excuse for refusing to run the ball this season.
If the Chiefs offense hopes to get back on track, then they’ll need Williams to have a breakout performance on Thursday. Luckily for them, he can be used as a weapon in the rushing and passing attack within the offense. You’ll see the other two running backs get involved, but he’s the one that provides them with the most upside.