It’s taken a while for Jamaal Charles to say goodbye.
Ahead of his return to Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since being cut in February, the Broncos running back penned an emotional farewell to Kansas City as he detailed his journey from the Chiefs to the Broncos in a piece published Monday in The Players’ Tribune.
“Denver is my home now. And I’m embracing my new city — my new family — the same way I did Kansas City. I know I don’t have anything left to prove in this league, but I still have plenty left to play for. And I’m as excited as I’ve been in a long time for the next part of this story. But I’ll never forget where I came from.”
Charles and the Broncos will face off against the Chiefs at 8:30 p.m. ET in their Monday Night Football matchup.
3. The best one-on-one battle of the day was Julio Jones vs. Morris Claiborne, at least while it lasted. The Jets cornerback did an excellent job keeping the Falcons’ All-Pro playmaker in check before Claiborne was forced out of the game with a foot injury. With Claiborne sidelined, Jones made his lone impact play of the game — a 54-yard reception where he easily got behind Darryl Roberts. It was surprising that Ryan did not target Jones more after Claiborne went out, but there’s a lot about the Atlanta offense that’s difficult to understand this season.
4. This game turned for good when Jets punt returner Jeremy Kerley backpedaled, then muffed a high-arching punt by Matt Bosher midway through the fourth quarter. If Kerley fields the punt — or better yet, lets it go over his head and skip through the back of the end zone for a touchback — the Jets have the ball down two with nearly seven minutes to play. Atlanta recovered, kicked a field goal (Matt Bryant went 4-for-4 in terrible conditions) and the Jets never threatened again.