The Kansas City Chiefs steamrolled the division rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday, as they once again drew even with the Denver Broncos — who hold the head-to-head tie-breaker. A big reason for the Chiefs offensive success has been running back Jamaal Charles, who has been impressive all season long.
While Charles carried the Chiefs offense in Week 15, he put together a type of performance that was an NFL MVP moment.
On Sunday, Charles racked up 215 yards and 5 touchdowns, which brought his season total to 1,181 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 65 catches, 655 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
He has certainly been playing like an MVP candidate and head coach Andy Reid has given Charles the public vote of confidence.
“He’s got my vote,” Reid said. “All the folks that were here today, he’s probably got their vote. I don’t know how many anybody can be more valuable to a team and to the success that we have had than he’s had. I’m pulling for him.”
Charles could become the fourth player in NFL history to finish a single-season with 1,350 rushing yards and 750 receiving yards, while becoming the first to have at least ten touchdowns on the ground and ten through the air.
Unfortunately for Charles, despite his incredible performance in 2013, he will likely be overshadowed by the quarterback position and AFC West rival Peyton Manning.
At Manning’s current pace, he will cruise past the NFL record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season and that will likely be enough to earn him the award.