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Week 1 vs. SD
Rushing: 11 / 92 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Explosive & dynamic. Despite that Charles didn't touch the ball until late in the 1st but when he did he exploded for a signature long TD run, turning the SD safety inside out multiple times down the field. He made quick decisive moves and trusted his athleticism and vision from the get go. He's one of the most dangerous players in the game outside of Chris Johnson at this point and deserves to see more snaps moving forward. Look for him to touch the ball more than 12 times next week in Cleveland. KC fans will be begging Todd Haley for more.
Week 2 vs. CLE
Rushing: 11 / 49 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 27 / 0 on 1 targets
Charles was impressive with what he was given on just 11 carries and one target in the passing game. It was less of a testament to the Chiefs not believing in Charles that he didn't see much time than it was of Thomas Jones workhorse rushing performance. It appears the Chiefs will move forward with a two-back attack on offense, so game plan accordingly.
Week 3 vs. SF
Rushing: 12 / 97 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 57 / 0 on 3 targets
Charles gave way to starter Thomas Jones, but his first carry came in the second series, so he didn't have too long to wait to make an impact. And make an impact he did. Charles did well right off the bat, following his blockers to pick up the first down on an outside run. He ran through the line with lightning quickness, at one point converting a 3rd and 20 play on the ground. Several of his runs were of the long variety, even when it was obvious that the Chiefs would be calling a run play. Once in the open field, he is incredibly elusive. He got a red zone carry, from the 8 yard line, but that's as close as he got to a score, despite his dominating performance. He also had one more long run that was wiped out due to a penalty, which would have taken him over 100 yards rushing.
Week 5 vs. IND
Rushing: 16 / 87 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 6 targets
Charles seized control of the backfield in the first half and was very productive, but his second quarter fumble infuriated head coach Todd Haley, and Charles went back to a more even split for a bit in the second half. The third-year back was explosive on his runs, making sudden jumpcuts and bursts upfield, and he got outside with ease against the speedy Colts defense. Charles also fumbled (and recovered the ball) on a red zone carry that should have set up a first and goal at least, but instead it set up a failed fourth down pass. Charles clearly has the burst, vision, and speed to be as elite as he was in the second half of 2009, but until his ball security issues clear up, Haley will probably be unwilling to make him a true lead back.
Week 6 vs. HOU
Rushing: 16 / 93 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 0 on 4 targets
Jamaal Charles, along with Thomas Jones, formed a formidable rushing attack against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Whereas Jones was able to deliver solid yardage between the tackles, Charles was able to create yardage in space on a number of draws, runs around the end, and pitches. The Chiefs also worked to get Charles the ball in the passing game but of his four screen pass receptions, he was only able to turn one in to a sizeable gain. The Texans' defense kept the safeties in the middle of the field so they could spy on the run game, thus leaving Dwayne Bowe single-covered much of the game. Otherwise, Charles might have broken a longer run or two during the contest. Regardless, he is running with a great deal of balance and he gets to top speed almost immediately after taking the handoff or catching the ball. Charles' best run came on a run in the second quarter wherein he took the ball off-guard, up the middle of the field for a 14 yard gain. On the play, Charles showed his normal burst but also ran with enough power to get through the Texans' defensive front before picking up big yardage.
Week 7 vs. JAX
Rushing: 15 / 71 / 1
Jamaal Charles continues to evolve as a runner in front of our eyes every week. Sunday was no exception, as Charles showed incredible patience and urgency on his carries. He wasn't able to break off any long runs, but he showed the potential to do so on many carries. Charles is disciplined and follows his blocks very well, hiding behind them to make defenders guess which direction he will head. Charles' best run was an 18 yarder in the fourth quarter as he danced around a couple of tacklers and shot up the field as if emerging from a cannon. Charles is a special talent who the Chiefs are using perfectly.
Week 8 vs. BUF
Rushing: 22 / 177 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 61 / 0 on 5 targets
Charles was incredible in this game, showcasing his game-breaking speed and elusiveness and keeping the Chiefs on the field. It's a shame for his owners that he didn't get a TD, as he had a long run that ended with him going down on the 1 yard line. It appears that his coach has been saving him up, which seems to be a smart move. As defenses are starting to wear out, Charles looks fresh and ready to go. Not only did he amass 177 yards on the ground, but he was also used heavily in the passing game as well, notching 61 yards. People around the league better watch out for the Chiefs. Right now, their running game and defense are really impressive, and their QB isn't making mistakes. Charles is the engine that makes this offense go and will continue to get more carries as the season progresses.
Week 9 vs. OAK
Rushing: 10 / 53 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 47 / 0 on 8 targets
Charles had a drop early and wasn't involved as much as Thomas Jones in the first half. He was still vastly superior to Jones, breaking tackles, easily summoning up the speed to get the corner, and otherwise giving the Raiders defense fits. He had a few red zone touches, but the goal to go carries went to Jones. There isn't much to add to another excellent performance by Charles, but yet another where he was underutilized. He is still an everyweek must-start because of his ability to take any touch to the house.
Week 10 vs. DEN
Rushing: 14 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 80 / 1 on 9 targets
Charles was ineffective on the ground, as the Chiefs had to completely overhaul their game plan early in the game. He proved very dependable in the passing game however, and Cassel consistently relied heavily on Charles as a check down option. Denver was playing a safe game defensively at times, and Charles was allowed to exploit underneath routes for consistent gains through the air. The Denver defense did not play honest through much of this game, and Kansas City could not establish their run at all and quickly became one dimensional with the passing game. Charles did benefit and was heavily involved in the passing game, beating out Thomas Jones as the primary back.
Week 11 vs. ARI
Rushing: 12 / 88 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 38 / 0 on 5 targets
The explosive and shifty Jamaal Charles continued to impress fans and teammates with another solid game. Charles is the engine of the offense. He had a great 39 yard run during which he got to the boundary thanks to some nice blocks and sprinted up the sideline. Charles' hands rarely let him down either, making him a formidable weapon for the Chiefs to have.
Week 12 vs. SEA
Rushing: 22 / 173 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 3 / 0 on 3 targets
Jamaal Charles is turning into one of the premiere backs in the league. Every time he gets the ball, you move to the edge of your seat. He is an exciting, dynamic back with the traits to be a great running back in the history of the league. Charles presses the hole really well on stretch runs and on one run in particular, he used this to his advantage. He used the flow of the defense to cut it back all the way across the formation for a massive gain. Charles stiff armed a defensive lineman for a touchdown late in the game, his signature play of the game by far.
Week 13 vs. DEN
Rushing: 21 / 116 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 2 targets
Charles is very patient and explosive running with the football. This game allowed him to do just that and be very effective on the ground. Charles consistently picked up huge chunks of yards on the ground against a soft Denver front that didn't really seem that worried about the Chief's rushing attack. The front 7 of Denver did not penetrate into the backfield often and Charles was able to consistently gash the Broncos up the middle and make life very easy for the entire Chief offense. The Chief offensive line was amazing on getting a push and sealing the edge for Charles to outrun the defense and turn up field on the side line. Every time Charles touched the ball, he made the defense look out of position and he could not be slowed or tackled consistently as he was too quick to get a hand on and too fast to take down from behind. Charles was not given many goal line carries and he also had a touchdown run negated by a holding call, which somewhat hurt his otherwise great production.
Week 14 vs. SD
Rushing: 10 / 40 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 3 targets
Charles entered the game with one of the best yards per carry averages in NFL history, and with the way the Raiders tore up the San Diego run defense a week ago this looked to be a good matchup for Charles and company. That never really happened, as the Chargers allowed just 67 yards of total offense to the Chiefs in the game. Charles had two nice runs, one early on where he turned the corner and another towards the middle of the second quarter where he found a hole up the middle and burst through for a nice gain. But Kansas City didn't feature very many sustained drives, and Charles' opportunities for big plays were few and far between. It was clear from the outset that the Chargers weren't afraid of being beaten by QB Brodie Croyle, so they were able to sell out on stuffing the run. The fact that Charles even managed 40 rushing yards on ten carries is actually impressive considering how much the defense was keying on him.
Week 15 vs. STL
Rushing: 11 / 126 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
Charles was quiet for most of this game. He had an easy short TD and starting getting better gains in the second half, but as the game reached the final minutes, he had barely touched the ball a dozen times. Charles then sprinted for an 80 yard gain to answer the Rams TD that had closed the Chiefs lead to seven. Charles was caught (probably because he was looking at the scoreboard to see the pursuit) and yet again, Thomas Jones vultured the TD. Charles is still a strong RB1 next week against Tennessee, but Todd Haley is back to keeping us guessing about how much he'll be used.
Week 16 vs. TEN
Rushing: 13 / 77 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 2 on 5 targets
In a game featuring the two most explosive RBs in football, Charles averaged nearly 6 yards a carry, and had 2 touchdown passes, as he amassed over 100 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. Charles has been incredible this year, and though his fantasy owners have cursed his coach every chance they can, keeping Charles fresh has paid off. Charles has a style very similar to Chris Johnson. Great speed, great agility, and better hands. I expect to see Charles get MUCH more work in the post-season, which is going to be bad news for whomever has to play the Chiefs.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Rushing: 14 / 87 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 13 / 0 on 4 targets
Jamaal Charles broke off a 47 yard run after some great blocks on a sweep but failed to make much noise for the rest of the game. Charles ran in a touchdown near the goal line on a play that was also very well blocked. He got involved as a receiver too and made a nice play on a 3rd and 7 on a Texas route that he turned into first down yardage. Charles and the entire Chiefs offense's play left a lot to be desired.
Week 18 vs. BAL
Rushing: 9 / 82 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 15 / 0 on 2 targets
On what started off as an exciting day for the Chiefs, nothing really went right. The team set an NFL record with its seventh consecutive playoff loss, and the inconsistency that plagued this team for much of the season again reared its head in this game. The lone bright spot was the running work of RB Jamaal Charles. On Kansas City's second possession, Charles took a handoff up the left side, made one cut-back, and hit the hole with ferocity en route to a 41 yard touchdown gallop. There were a handful of arm tackle attempts, but realistically once Charles hit the hole nobody was tackling him. At one point, his rushing yardage on successive runs read like this: 41, 11, 8, 9. Unfortunately, the fifth run in that sequence turned out to be a fumble when he was tackled from behind and coughed it up. He may have been able to redeem himself, except for the fact that he got very little work after halftime (two carries). For the game, he had just nine carries and just ten total touches despite averaging nearly ten yards per touch. Even if you play the old "Yeah but take out the long run and see what he did" game, he still had eight carries for 41 yards (5.1 YPC). Part of the problem was that the Chiefs didn't ever have the ball long enough to sustain drives and get him involved, and then they fell behind by so many points that running the ball became pointless. On one particular run, the Chiefs faced a crucial fourth down and one situation. Rather than trying to jam it inside, HC Todd Haley opted to run a pitch to Charles to the right side that ended up losing yardage and costing the Chiefs a golden opportunity to keep the ball and maintain some momentum. Charles briefly left the game with what appeared to be some sort of a head or neck/shoulder injury after taking a big hit on the sideline, but he came back in and showed no ill effects.