We knew Jamaal Charles was a dual-threat running back, but did anyone expect an outburst quite like Sunday's? Charles' five touchdowns, including an NFL-record four receiving TDs by a running back, have vaulted him into the discussion for the NFL MVP.
Much of Charles' case hinges on the fact that he's helped his team win 11 games one year removed from winning just two. Granted, there have been numerous changes that've contributed to the drastic improvement, including the addition of new head coach Andy Reid. However, nobody can debate that Charles is currently the most dangerous (and most relied-upon) offensive weapon on the Chiefs.
One statistic that helps the running back's case is his scoring total, which leads all non-kickers. In fact, it really isn't all that close. His 108 points (11 rushing, seven receiving TDs) eclipses the total of Jimmy Graham, the next-closest scorer, by 24.
Furthermore, the Chiefs have only 19 offensive touchdowns in addition to Charles' scores, meaning he has accounted for nearly half of their scoring on offense.
Charles is also remarkably consistent, a somewhat rare trait for a running back. He has failed to reach 100 total yards just twice; unfortunately, one of those games came against the Broncos in Week 11. (He "only" had 96 total yards against the Bills the week before that.)
Most recently, Charles broke out for a monster performance against the division-rival Oakland Raiders Sunday. Aside from breaking the NFL record for receiving touchdowns by a running back in a single game, he amassed 195 receiving yards. He currently has 1,836 total yards (1,181 rushing, 655 receiving) to go along with his 18 touchdowns.
Not bad. Not bad at all.