Kareem Hunt had his second most productive game of the year with another 200-plus yards total, and Andy Reid had high praise for him afterward.
Travis Kelce is oh-so-close to 1,000 yards. Tyreek Hill crossed the mark. Alex Smith continued to have a marvelous season. Yet all we’re talking about is Kareem Hunt on Sunday morning, at least when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs offense. That’s because he was that dominant against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Hunt has certainly endured a few lulls this season, but he’s also proven that when the Chiefs stick with him, he’s able to absolutely take over on offense. On Saturday night, he did it once again to the tune of 206 total yards from scrimmage (155 rushing, 51 receiving). He made it into the end zone twice. He is, by all accounts, the team’s offensive MVP on a unit loaded with Pro Bowlers.
After the game, Andy Reid spoke to a team reporter one-on-one outside of the locker room and had high praise for Hunt and those who prepared him to play.
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“He had a heck of a game. Ran hard. The offensive line, it all starts with them. They did a great job. I thought Matt Nagy and Andy Heck had a nice plan, Andy with the run game and Matt with the pass game.
“EB [running backs coach Eric Bieniemy] always gets that kid ready. He’s always ready to go. And then, listen, you gotta give the kid credit. He’s a rookie. we’re late in the year. For him to step up and do what he did there and want it more is a tribute to him.”
Hunt’s best game to date is still his historic season-opening performance against the New England Patriots, a memorable game in which Hunt’s 246 yards from scrimmage helped the Chiefs ruin the Patriots Super Bowl celebration from a season ago. It showed the ceiling for the Chiefs, even as they would also find the floor at midseason in losses to teams like the New York Giants and New York Jets.
On the year, Hunt now has 6 games in which he’s crossed the 100-yard rushing mark (and 9 in which he has 100 yards from scrimmage). He now has 242 carries for 1,201 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns on the year. He also has another 49 receptions for 440 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns through the air.