An economy of effort paid off for rookie running back Kareem Hunt on Sunday in the Chiefs’ 27-24 victory over the Denver Broncos. Entering the game in second place among the NFL’s rushing leaders, Hunt needed just 13 yards to match the L.A. Rams’ Todd Gurley. Plus, Hunt was one yard ahead of the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell. Under normal circumstances, this would have been a tight race to the finish. But Gurley and Bell sat out of their respective teams’ season finales. Hunt did, too, after touching the ball one time and turning that carry into a 35-yard touchdown run on the opening series of the game. So the top NFL rushers for 2017 will forever read: Hunt 1,327, Gurley 1,305, Bell 1,291. “I had to be ready,” Hunt said. “We were low on numbers today.” After his touchdown, Hunt was through for the day. The Chiefs entered the game with their playoff position secured (later Sunday, they learned that they’ll play host to the Tennessee Titans in a Saturday wild-card game at Arrowhead Stadium). No defensive regulars started and only a handful on offense played.
Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt takes his one carry to NFL rushing title
Kansas City Star | Jan 1