Reaching 1000 yards for a running back is not the milestone it once was. However, the fact that Jamaal Charles has a realistic chance to hit that number this season is remarkable. Let’s take a look at what Charles has done since taking over as the lead back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Technically, Larry Johnson departed following the Bye week and Charles was the guy for the Jacksonville game, however, he only received 6 carries for 36 yards (6 YPC). I am going to leave that game out. Every game since, starting with the win over Oakland, Charles has received at least 14 carries. How has he done?
First lets look at his numbers before and through the Jacksonville game. Charles had 152 yards on 29 carries. That is 5.2 yards per carry. Not bad for a change of pace back right?
In 6 games work since Jacksonville, Jamaal Charles has ran for 607 yards on 112 carries for a healthy 5.4 YPC average. He is averaging 101.2 yards per game over this stretch. He has scored 5 rushing touch downs. Oh yeah, he also has 5 receptions for 133 yards over the same span, one of which was for a touch down. And a kickoff return for a touch down.
So that is 740 all purpose yards and 7 touchdowns.
Averaged out over the course of a 16 game season you ask? Why I am glad you did. At this pace Charles would rack up 1618.6 yards rushing, 354.5 yards receiving and 18.6 touchdowns. Not too shabby, huh?
To get to the 1000 yard mark this season and for the first time in his young career, Jamaal needs 241 yards on the ground in his final two games. That would be an average of 120.5 yards per contest, which Charles has surpassed in his last two games laying 143 yards on the Bills and 154 yards on the Browns. He may have a tougher time against the tough Bengal and Denver defenses but if Jamaal Charles has shown Chiefs fans anything this year, it is that he is not to be underestimated.