Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is congratulated by quarterback Alex Smith (11) after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Raiders Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads

On a day that was capped with a record breaking performance by an NFL running back, a perfect passer rating by an NFL quarterback and the Kansas City Chiefs clinching their first playoff spot in three seasons after owning the worst record in the league last year, it’s going to be awfully hard to pick just three people to give Arrowheads to. But I’m going to give it a shot.

Arrowhead #3: Alex Smith, Quarterback

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Chiefs won 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

To ignore the game that Alex Smith put together yesterday would be criminal. Yes, I realize that he wouldn’t have had nearly the game he did had it not been for the yards after catch that Jamaal Charles provided. I don’t care. In the NFL YAC yards go to the quarterback as passing yards. To take them away from Smith you’d have to take them away from all quarterbacks and that would drastically change passing yardage across the league. Smith was perfect yesterday. His throws were on the money and he had only had three incompletions on the whole day; one of those was a holding penalty on the defense that would have hit wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in the numbers. For an NFL quarterback to get a perfect passer rating of 158.3 is something that doesn’t happen all that often. When you combine Smith’s continual improvement with the leadership he provides this team, it’s really no wonder they’re 11-3 and in the playoffs.

Arrowhead #2: Eric Berry, Safety

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) scores on a 47-yard interception return in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Berry is a superstar. For a young player who missed a whole year due to injury, Berry is having a career year during this season. Yesterday was no exception. Berry was excellent in coverage, so good, in fact, that he picked off the Oakland Raiders hapless quarterback not once, but twice. One of those INT’s went all the way to the house, scoring the one of the eight touchdowns the Chiefs scored yesterday. Berry can make plays all over the field and the Chiefs are truly lucky to have them on their side.

Arrowhead #1: Jamaal Charles, Running Back

Really? Was there ever a doubt in your mind? Jamaal Charles didn’t just have a decent game. Jamaal Charles didn’t just score a couple of touchdowns. Jamaal Charles broke records yesterday. Jamaal Charles was responsible for 215 yards of total offense yesterday; 195 of it coming in the passing game. Jamaal Charles visited the end zone on the first play of the game from scrimmage when he went 49 yards to the house. After he finished “wiping the haters off of his body” his touchdown tradition since last year — and one he’s repeated 18 times this year — he set up a tent, built a campfire and stayed there…the entire game. Jamaal Charles scored five of the eight total touchdowns scored by the Chiefs yesterday. No running back in NFL history has ever scored four receiving TD’s and a rushing TD in the same game. Jamaal Charles should be considered in the league MVP conversation. Jamaal Charles will soon be the #1 running back in Chiefs history, and rightfully so. For now though, he wins the #1 Arrowhead by a landslide. By the way, this kid’s name is Jamaal Charles. Don’t forget it.

There it is, Addicts. These are picks for the Arrowheads this week. Did I miss anybody? Did you have someone else in mind? Let us know by sounding off below.

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  • T.Hagen

    Charles would have had 6 TDs if they left him in.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You’re probably right. I wanted him to tie the league record, but I’m glad Davis got more work. He had another tough TD run. The more work he can get in, the better.

      • T.Hagen

        I agree. As long as I’ve been a chiefs fan, I never seen them run up the score to be asses like some teams.

        • berttheclock

          Actually, the Chiefs did run up a score against the hapless Bears. Not to be seen as “asses”, but, because they really wanted to rub into a NFL team. Exhibition game at Muni, where the Chiefs were leading 60-24 and it looked as though the Chiefs were going to run out the clock after Bert Coan gained little running into the line near the goal line. However, as the story is told by the historian of the Chiefs, Bobby Bell saw Papa Bear crying. Immediately, Pete Beatherd called a time out and ran a naked boot leg for the score. As written, it said Beatherd strolled into the end zone. Many thought the Chiefs were going to go for two, as they had done earlier with success, but, the snap was muffed.

          • T.Hagen

            I did not know that, must have been to young to watch that one. I think that crap always comes back to haunt a team, you know like karma.

    • DoubleD

      Glad they didn’t. Once you have a win in hand, it’s foolish to risk injury to your offensive MVP just to break (or in this case, merely tie) some record. No thanks.

      • T.Hagen

        I’m with you. We all know charles would have tho.

      • stevekozak

        Big agree on this!!

    • berttheclock

      As a diehard Gale Sayers fan, I was really torn about leaving him in the game.

      I still harken back to a morning in Summerfield Hall at KU, where a recent Naval Academy grad who was at KU to work on a MBA, told one and all the various reasons why Gale Sayers would be a bust in the NFL. I hated the MBA program and my respect for the Anchors Aweigh guys dropped, although, one of my best friends had been in the sub service. Of course, he was a grunt and not a high and mighty officer type and he thought Sayers was great.

  • micah stephenson

    I knew you cudnt resist giving Alex an Arrowhead. That must b yo favorite player.

    • Bobby

      Micah the only thing hella avg are your opinions, weren’t you saying prior to the draft the Chiefs should be taking Geno Smith, lol! Hows that working out for the Jets buddy(rhetorical) Alex Smith will be getting a long term contract because he is an elite QB there won’t be any QBs drafted next year by the Chiefs at least early on if there something worth looking at in the later rounds maybe but not likely. AS train is moving full speed your stuck at the station

      • berttheclock

        He is not just stuck at the station, but, his engine has been taken to the diesel shop for needed repairs to very flat spots on the wheels. He has been blue flagged.

      • micah stephenson

        This is a slower QB class, so naturally its gone take a lil longer for them to develop. We cud have drafted a QB and have him learn a yr or two behind Alex. Alex is not Elite dude. Only kc fans wud say Alex is Elite.

        • T.Hagen

          Alex might not be elite yet but the guy is damm good and he can get there. I’m not cutting down our receivers but if you stick let’s say megaton or even Brandon Marshall out there with D.Bo then AS 11 is even better. For example you give Peyton a bunch of receiver’s that can’t catch or run a good route then he sucks. Look at the receiver. That Luck had and his numbers shot up, now look at him now, Luck is still good but even better with wayne. Alex is a winner. Dude I know you will never admit to liking AS 11 and that’s your opinion but the guy is pretty good and seems to grow stronger kinda like the

          • stevekozak

            All that needs to be said: ALEX IS A WINNER!!!

    • Jason Seibel

      Because, really, you didn’t think I would give the quarterback of a team who just threw 5 TD’s and put a perfect passer rating an Arrowhead? In your estimation, who should have gotten one instead of Smith? And yes, Alex is my favorite player on the Chiefs. I own his jersey (along with Bowe and Joe Montana) and I’m estatic at the fact that he’s on the Chiefs WINNING games for this team!

      • berttheclock

        Hear, Hear!

        And, when you were a bit younger, both Joe Montana and Steve Young had Perfect Games a piece in the same year for the Niners.

      • micah stephenson

        The oline shud get the arrowhead. Alex wud hav 1 td and 92 yards without the MVPs stats helping blow up Alex stats. I understand that’s yo favorite player so anything he do good is magnafied, but he ain’t all that. Its ok tho. He is on a good team that has his back and helps him look good.

      • micah stephenson

        An Alex Smith Jersey???? Lol. Ima buy you a J.Charles jersey.

      • micah stephenson

        I didn’t really think Alex was yo favorite player. No wonder you said Alex Smith is Better than Andrew Luck.

        • Jason Seibel

          Check their stats.

  • berttheclock

    With his perfect game of yesterday, Alex Smith, now, joins both Len Dawson and Trent Green with perfect games while playing for the Chiefs. Only 50 different QBs have ever accomplished this in the NFL, although, a few did have multiple games. Alex Smith is, by far, the best 2nd round draft pick ever “selected” by the Chiefs.

  • Frank

    Lots of talk about how AS11 looks good because of JCs YAC. But, receivers can get a better YAC of the throws are placed correctly. Bad throws cause receivers to go put of bounds, go to the ground, or get tackled quickly IF they can catch it. A well placed throw allows a receiver to catch it in stride and go to work. Someone else wrote an article on JC being #11 in YAC. Check the big names and tell me how those QBs suck.

  • tomhowertonj

    Man i remember being sooo mad trading allen to minnesota, And seeing charles fumblitous.
    He is such a force so glad he is with us. Peterson had an a great pi k in charles