The Kansas City Chiefs are now boasting another AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Running back Jamaal Charles stole the show in the Chiefs’ Week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, set some new records, and he has become the talk of the NFL intelligentsia this week.
Charles made his job look easy, carrying the ball intothe end zone five times and looking quite untouchable by the Raiders defense.
After playing football for the University of Texas, Charles has been with the Chiefs since 2008 when he was picked in the third round of the draft. He became the first running back in league history to catch four touchdowns and rush for one more, he is currently the league’s all-time leader in career average yards-per-carry (5.79), and is a two-time Pro Bowl player.
This year, Kansas City has Andy Reid as their new head coach and Alex Smith as the team’s new quarterback. There were consistency issues with the Chiefs offense this season as they grew together as a unit and came into their own, and Charles has been credited with virtually carrying them during that time — especially for Kansas City’s first nine undefeated games.
With the win against the Raiders, the 11-3 Chiefs have clinched themselves an AFC Wild Card spot for the playoffs and are looking primed for the playoffs. Kansas City is currently tied with the Denver Broncos for the No. 1 spot in the AFC West division.
Much of the team’s success this year is due to Charles’ excellent performance.
After the league-mandated players’ day off this week, Charles and his team are back hard at work to prepare for their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead on Sunday.
And there’s no doubt the Colts will want to be ready for Charles’ running game.