For a team that has been billed for most of the 2013 NFL season as a defensive team, the Kansas City Chiefs have sure looked like a dangerous offensive team lately. In week 14 against the Washington Redskins, the Chiefs put up a monster 45-point effort, jumping out to a big lead early and never relinquishing it.
How did the Chiefs follow up their big offensive performance against the Redskins? They came out and put up a gargantuan 56 points on the Oakland Raiders in another big win. Though Alex Smith has put up solid numbers, the constant between both games where their offense looked so elite was running back Jamaal Charles.
Charles finished the victory over Washington with 150 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries, as well as a touchdown reception. In week 15, Charles went absolutely berserk as he finished the day with only 20 yards and one score on eight carries, but also with a ridiculous four touchdown receptions and a total of 195 yards receiving on eight catches.
If you’re an opposing defense in this league at this point, you have to absolutely hate facing Charles. Sure, the Raiders and Redskins are far from elite defensive teams, but Charles has been putting up big numbers all season. In the 14 games he’s played this season, he has 1,181 yards rushing on 246 carries and 11 rushing touchdowns. In addition, Charles has already set a career-high in receiving yards with 655 on 65 catches, as well as seven touchdown receptions.
What has to drive opposing defenses crazy about Charles is the fact that there’s no one aspect of his game that you can shut down and render him ineffective. He can obviously beat you by bouncing outside, but also has the burst to hit holes between the tackles and, as he showed versus Oakland, can beat you as a receiver also. He’s simply a versatile weapon that’s near impossible to fully contain.
You can talk all you want about the Chiefs’ defense. They deserve plenty of credit and have been important to their success. When it comes down to the heart of this team, though, and what could carry them over the rest of the year and into the postseason, you don’t have to look any further than Charles.