Kansas City Chiefs: 4 Bold Predictions for RB Jamaal Charles' 2012 Season
Even though his 2011 season was cut short due to an ACL injury, he is still one of the best and most feared running backs in the league today.
Here are four bold predictions for his upcoming 2012 campaign.
He Will Top 1,500 Rushing Yards for the First Time in His Career
Jamaal Charles is just two years removed from his breakout season in 2010, when he rushed for 1,467 yards for this Chiefs offense.
Simply put, I have him getting even more this year.
Charles will now have the added benefit of playing behind one of the best run-blocking offensive lines in the league, and he will also have an excellent compliment back in Peyton Hillis to help shoulder the rushing load.
Since I am predicting that he will get over 1,500 rushing yards in 2012, this should easily put him in the top three in the NFL in that category, which I will discuss more on the following slide.
He Will Finish Top Three in the League in Rushing
Charles has only finished top three in the league in rushing just one time.
That one time, of course, was back in his brilliant '10 campaign.
With his speed and ability to break tackles, the former third-round pick will automatically rack up a lot of yards each game.
If he plays anything like he did two years ago, there is no reason to think that Jamaal can not only finish top three in the league, but he could also lead the entire NFL in rushing for the 2012 season.
He Will Have at Least 10 Rushing Touchdowns
This is another prediction that might not seem very bold, but when you look at Charles' career numbers, you will think otherwise.
The Port Arthur, Texas native has never scored 10 total touchdowns in a season, let alone from just rushing alone.
In fact, the most rushing TDs that he had in one year was back in the 2009 season, when he had seven scores on the ground for Kansas City.
Even though Kansas City now has Peyton Hillis for short-yardage situations, I still expect Charles to get double digit TD totals for this ground attack in 2012.
He Will Not Have Any Setbacks from His ACL Injury
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past nine months, you would know that Jamaal Charles tore his ACL in week two against the Lions last season.
Ever since, he has been on the road to recovery, which can be a long and challenging road for that kind of injury.
There have been reports that Charles has been progressing very well since his surgery, even though he has still not practiced with the team as of yet.
Time will tell when the former University of Texas star will see the field again, but his strong work ethic and his lack of past injury issues should help him make a smooth recovery for this team with no setbacks this season.