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Jamaal Charles Is The NFL’s New Leading Rusher


Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is back.

Despite receiving only six carries for three yards a week ago in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, Charles made up for his lackluster day by putting the Chiefs on his back to the tune of 233 yards on 33 carries.

The big day gives Charles 323 yards rushing on the season. He leads Maurice Jones-Drew (314), C.J. Spiller (308), Reggie Bush (302) and Arian Foster (294).

Charles got a little help yesterday as both Spiller and Bush went down with unfortunate injuries that will likely cause them both to miss time.

Charles knows all about unfortunate injuries. After coming off a career year in 2010, Charles was primed for a superstar season in 2011 before tearing his ACL in the second game of the season against the Lions. There was some question as to whether Charles, who relies so heavily on his speed and cutback ability, would ever be the same again.

Even Charles wasn’t sure.

“I didn’t trust myself (until Sunday),’’ Charles said after the game. “It really hit me when I started getting the runs. I started trusting myself.

“I kind of feel like the old me, especially breaking that long run and finishing it. It’s motivating me more that I still have my speed and I still can run the long ones.’’

That “long run” Charles is referring to was a 91-yard scamper down the Chiefs’ sideline in which the RB out-ran the entire Saints defense. Charles set a franchise record with that run.

The play changed the entire game for the Chiefs. It pulled them within 11 points but more importantly, it seemed to snap the rest of the team out of the funk they’d been in since the beginning of the season.

Stanford Routt came up with a huge interception on the very next drive. Justin Houston sacked Drew Brees in the end zone to bring the Chiefs within a field goal.

Following Charles’ run, here are the drive results for both teams for the rest of the game.

Saints:

INT
Punt
Punt
Safety
Kneel Down (to end the 4th)
Punt

Chiefs:

FG
FG
Punt
FG
FG

When all was said and done, Charles accounted for 233 rushing yards and 55 receiving yards for a total of 288 yards. The entire New Orleans Saints offense had 288 yards on the day.

Charles touched the ball 39 times Sunday. That isn’t something that can happen every game or Charles will never make it through the season. But on this day, on a day when the Chiefs need their most dangerous weapon to lift them up and save their season, 39 touches was just right.

And now Jamaal Charles is once again the toast of NFL rushers.

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  • chiefridgy

    Oh ya…He’s bad!

  • DT58bestLBever

    My favorite part about this is the fact that ESPN ran a fantasy football article last week stating that Charles wasn’t in the top 10 RB’s anymore.
    Which is true he’s not in the top 10… He’s #1!!!!
    JC, The D, and Succop get the game ball! The whole team played well!

  • vbchief

    We might have to run charles that many times if cassel cant throw any touchdowns in the games.

    • tm1946

      Why not this team is being built as a running offense. So let’s run the ball and keep Cassel doing what he does best, hand off to RBs.

  • Jeff

    When Charles carries 30+ times the CHIEFS are 5-3 when Charles carries -30 the CHIEFS are 22-40. I think we need to run the kid more. Hes been healthy (except for you know what) most of his career (knock on wood). He knows how to contort to avoid bruising hits. Im glad he’s healthy and now gained his confidence back. Looking forward to the rest of the season. Here here for the leading rusher.

    • KCMikeG

      Charles hurt his knee vs the bills which sent the whole team spinning out of control on both sides of the ball. Charles makes everyone on this team better. As much as I want him to have the rock there is his longevity to be considered. I’m thinking 20-25 will get the same results with our defense playing well because as while I don’t dispute your facts I do think they may be skewd slightly by us being behind and having to abandon the run and throw to catch up.

  • Jesse o

    Not only that the chiefs are #1, yeah #1 in yards per game at 441.

  • ArrowFan

    I had forgotten Routt’s int, he came up big on that play not only getting the int our first turnover but he did a very good job of almost returning it for six.

  • Tribal Rage

    Right were he needs to be. Good read PA.

    Just my 2 cents…

    I admit I was one of the nay-sayers during the game…pissing and moaning over a bitter beer full of tears and bubbles of spit from a foaming mouth screaming at the television…until JC broke that TD. That run was more than a spark on the field…it was a crack of lightening thru Chiefs Nation, echoing thru the halls of Arrowhead miles away…tearing down the walls of uncertainty in the hearts of these players…including Jamal Charles. Until that run even he did not believe in who he was….this Defense didn’t believe in what they were…even Cassel became more confident.

    Some really unfortunate good things happened Sunday.
    1. Lilja is a better Center than guard…Hudson is definitely a good Guard…with that injury the line kinda got deeper…thats crazy.
    2. DMC got hurt…take away some toys and the child can focus better on the ones he has…Daboll got JB involved. People criticize Cassel for “hanging his receivers out to dry” but truthfully I believe he was putting that ball where his guy could get it and no one else. Big receivers…get up there and get that ball.
    3. Hillis got hurt….less toys…more focus…run JC run!!!! Without Hillis getting hurt JC would have never touched that ball 30 times. Im ok with Draughn and Hillis giving JC a break but its time to take the diapers off…your an every down back
    4. We scored 1 TD….Succop got his confidence back with 6 FGs…he needed that…I’ll take 6 FGs in a win
    5. The bad officiating pissed this team off…Houston stepped up…Routt made a big play…the team responded
    6. A slow start ended with a strong finish….this team now believes and just like the Colts game last year…I think a big run starts now with a better team…more explosive offense and an inspired defense.

    A 0-2 start may have been the greatest thing for this team. A team humbled after being told all off-season your the youngest, most talented team in the league. This just may be the beginning of something special.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vbchief

    Off topic here . But is anyone familiar with Old Dominion University (ODU) i live in va beach and get to see a lot of games there. Their Q.B name is Taylor Heinecke . He just recently set a div. 1 passing record with over 700 passing yards against the university of new hampshire. They are in conference usa. Coincedently the same conference Dontari Poe was plucked from. This kid Taylor is an absolute beast. Said he was too short for any other major schools to play q.b. now they are all trying to get him to transfer…..He told them to kiss his ass. They had thier chance. keep an eye on him he might be worth a look down the road.

    • Michael Shaw

      If he enters the draft next year, where would you think the Chiefs should take him based on what you have seen?

  • Michael Shaw

    I know he cannot do that many carries per game, but since Hillis is hurt he may get more than he should. However, I think I am fine with Eachus and Draughn taking 10-15 snaps from JC! Draughn moved the ball pretty good when he was in there and Eachus seems to be our answer for a FB, holy cow!

    • KCMikeG

      If Hillis is out hopefully Gray will be back and get a few shots although Draughn outplayed him in camp and has looked good so far. Eachus has shown promise too. How great is it to have depth that can play? Thanks Pioli. Funny thing is it has somehow become our offense instead of our defense that has the stronger depth. We lost Hudson, Hillis and McCluster and still played the greatest comeback game in Chiefs history.

  • I_BLEED_RED_N_GOLD

    Draughn may have out played Gray in camp but Gray was leading rusher for chiefs n 1st pre season game vs Cards than got hurt. Eachus is a beast while missin only a couple blocking assignments Eachus picked up some key blocks to spring charles free. For a supposedly no body he is proving he belongs to me! A LIL HEART THE WILL TO SUCEED GOES A LOOOOONG WAY!!!!!