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.