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harles’ 6.4 yards per carry is better than any other rusher in the NFL in the top 30 in rushing this season, and Charles is considered a major threat to go for long gains any time he touches the ball leading many to believe he would have given the Chiefs the best chance to win the game. But Haley points out that statistics aren’t the only factor in determining who gets the ball, when he told reporters “He had more yards per carry. But that being said, it is an 11-man effort.”

“Parity is healthy if you get a franchise back on its feet and back in playoff contention like we have with the Chiefs, Bucs, Rams and Raiders,” CBS analyst Boomer Esiason said. “There’s still traditional powers, the Patriots, Steelers, Colts and Ravens. But the Josh Freemans and Sam Bradfords, the fresh faces of the league are great stories.”

“It’s important, because the pieces of the puzzle are back together,” said defensive end Kevin Vickerson, who was among four players returning to practice Tuesday after missing time due to injuries. “That’s all we can ask for, is to have everybody healthy and just, ‘Let’s go.’”

If you look at this closely, you will see that prior to Oakland, the biggest margin of passing over rushing was versus Indianapolis (+43). Oakland was +112. I think there are two reasons for this. The first is that Thomas Jones had an uncharacteristically bad day running the ball. His 1.7 ypc is bad enough, but the fact that he had 19 carries makes it worse. Given that, and probably because of that, Cassell went to the air for a season high 35 times.

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