Folks, I am at a loss for words. I have been trying my best to not buy into the Kansas City Chiefs this year, but I can no longer ignore the obvious: This team is elite, and it’s not even close to being an argument. As the only remaining unbeaten team, the Chiefs boast arguably the league’s best defense and an offense that is one of the most efficient we’ve seen this season.
One of the reasons for the offensive efficiency is because of running back Jamaal Charles. Everyone knew this guy was a special player, but for a while he did not have the coaching and health to prove it on the field. Now that he has an offensive-minded coach like Andy Reid and a quarterback like Alex Smith that takes care of the football, Charles is taking off in a big way.
Through eight games, Charles has ran the ball 135 times for 561 yards, giving him an average of 4.2 yards per carry — right where you’d like your running back to be for an offense to stay efficient. Charles has scored six touchdowns on the ground, but that’s not the only way he’s dominated.
Charles also has 36 receptions for 337 yards, averaging 9.4 yards per reception and hauling in a pair of touchdown catches. He’s been so consistent through eight weeks that coming into the week eight matchup with the Cleveland Browns he had gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown in each of his first seven games — something only O.J. Simpson has done before.
While Charles failed to score for the first time this year, he surely deserves an enormous amount of credit for where his Chiefs are at presently. How much credit? I’d go so far as to say he belongs in the MVP discussion. Obviously, this defense has been the cornerstone of the team as a whole. But, individually, Charles has been outstanding. He’s been a constant.
With how great this football season has been and quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford belonging rightfully in the discussion, Charles has been by far the best all-around running back in the NFL and deserves to have some praise in the discussion of the league’s most valuable player. If the Chiefs keep this up and somehow lock down the top seed in the AFC, don’t bee surprised to see him take home that trophy.