Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles Should Be MVP

By Jonathan W. Crowell

Who should be selected as the NFL‘s MVP for this season?

A very strong case could be made for several from the ranks of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ defensive squad: Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Tyron Jackson, and Dontari Poe, to name a few. The Chiefs defense, currently ranked No. 10 overall in the NFL, has done some amazing things this year, not the least of which is allowing the fewest yards per game. That excellence will be put to the ultimate test in the Chiefs’ game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this Sunday.

But no doubt, Kansas City’s defense has definitely come into their own and is playing better than ever.

The same cannot be said necessarily for the Chiefs’ offense overall. Quarterback Alex Smith and his offensive cohorts have pulled off some great feats this season, but as a whole the squad remains unpredictable and not as reliable as coaches and fans might like.

One real standout from the offensive side is Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Not only has he delivered his own, but he’s done quite a bit to carry the Chiefs’ offense virtually by himself.

What would the Chiefs have done this year without him? He is averaging 19 touches with six receptions per game and is among the league leaders in rushing yards. He is Kansas City’s leader in receptions and receiving yards. He has accounted for an impressive 39 percent of the Chiefs’ total yards on offense and exactly half of their offensive touchdowns. Without Charles, the Kansas City would be a .500 team, or worse.

He is what has kept the offense moving forward time and time again and is owed the lion’s share of credit for all the Chiefs’ offense has accomplished.

Charles not only has the stats under his belt and is not only respected by the vast majority of his teammates, but he alone among the Chiefs deserves to be the shoo-in for this year’s MVP.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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