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2013 Statistics: 246 Carries 1,181 Rushing Yards 11 TDs, 65 Receptions 655 Receiving Yards 7 TDs
Jamaal Charles is becoming one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in all of the NFL. The former Texas standout has been the heart and soul of Kansas City’s offense all year. After a abysmal 2012 season where they went 2-14, Charles has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround to an 11-3 record so far. Andy Reid deserves credit for this dramatic turnaround as well.
The Chiefs couldn’t have picked a better coach to utilize the star running back’s talents. His 98 targets out the backfield are by far the most of his career. His previous high was 66. The workload he has taken on this year, should speak volumes of how new head coach Andy Reid views him as a player.
With 2 games left in the season, Jamaal Charles has catapulted himself right into the thick of the MVP race with Broncos Peyton Manning. Dominating seemingly everytime he touches the ball, the stud back is more than worthy of being the NFL’s MVP this year. Yes, Manning is on the verge of shattering the passing touchdown record, but what Charles has meant to Kansas City this year is almost unmatched by any player in the NFL.
Having picked up 98 first downs this year, the Chiefs offense lives and dies by Charles. Being the team’s leading rusher and receiver, you could argue the team wouldn’t even be in the playoffs without him.
All in all, taking the MVP from Peyton Manning this year is going to be one tough task, but the only other player as deserving of the award resides in Kansas City. How Jamaal Charles plays these next two games will be a direct result in just how close this MVP race is at season’s end.
Stat Leaders: Broncos QB Peyton Manning 24-40 323 Passing Yards 1 TD
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas 5 Catches 121 Receiving Yards
Chiefs QB Alex Smith 21-45 230 Passing Yards 2 TDs, 5 Rushes 52 Rushing Yards
Chiefs RB 16 Rushes 78 Rushing Yards
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Buffalo Bills fans should breath a sigh of relief with this news. QB play for the team since Manuel went down, has been lackluster to say the least. EJ should automatically jump start this struggling offense.
Denver Broncos should be in good hands with Del Rio, while John Fox is out with his surgery. Former head coach, and a pretty good one at that, Jack Del Rio will make sure Broncos don’t miss a beat. Should be a smooth temporary transition, until Fox is healthy enough to come back and coach.