In the classic film E.T., the alien Elliott finds can do magical things with the touch of his glowing red finger. He displays this phenomenon early in the flick by bringing a dying plant back to life. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles also appears to have a magic touch. He leads the NFL in “touches” of the football this year and the wilted 2-14 Chiefs of last season have come to life.
The opening drive of Kansas City’s contest against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday was looking sick. The Chiefs were staring at a third-and-nine on their own 44 when Charles raised his index finger inside the huddle. Quarterback Alex Smith dropped the ball off to Charles on a screen and he ran for 24 yards and a first down. It led to a Ryan Succop 42-yard field goal and Kansas City was pedaling away to a 24-17 escape.
Jamaal commented to the Chiefs official website following the game. “I’m just happy to be a part of this team and I was happy at the beginning of the season, when I saw the playbook and I saw the schemes. I was excited about what they can do, getting me the ball, so I can help my team.”
Going into the game Charles was third in the NFL in rushing with 561 yards trailing LeSean McCoy (685) and Marshawn Lynch (578). He was 55th in receiving but the only running back ahead of him was the New Orleans Saints‘ Darren Sproles. Darren had 29 more yards, but four fewer receptions.
Charles went down with a knee injury on Sunday against the Browns and was seen riding the stationary bike on the sideline. Just like in the movie when E.T. and Elliott were being chased down on a bike, Jamaal was able to take flight. Jamaal leaped over Lynch, but still trails McCoy by three attempts and 98 rushing yards. He somehow flew all the way into 17th in the league in receiving. Surreally, he also now leads Sproles by exactly 17 yards through the air, and has five more receiving “touches”.
In the final scene of E.T., Elliott’s terrestrial friend touches him on the forehead with his glowing red finger and takes the now flowering plant he’d revived back home with him. The 8-0 Chiefs are blooming this year, and you never know what’s going to happen when No. 25 touches the ball.
The AFC championship trophy is named after late Kansas City Chiefs’ founder Lamar Hunt. Perhaps he’s using a 5-foot-11 freak of nature to phone it back home.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia