Yikes. Who saw that coming?
I almost don't know how to feel about what happened on Sunday, when the lowly Buffalo Bills marched into Arrowhead Stadium and put a whoopin' on a Chiefs team that was simply terrible.
On one hand, Jamaal Charles still managed to put up a respectable fantasy point total of nine, in a game that his team was out of by halftime. He produced 5.6 yards per carry, caught 5 passes and scored a receiving touchdown.
We also got an indication that the Thomas Jones time-share may be a thing of the past, as Jones received only two touches to Charles' ten, and Dexter McCluster did most of his work once the game was out of hand.
On the other hand, he finished with only 56 yards because the Chiefs looked lost and had to abandon the run game early. And a part of the reason they were down early is because Charles lost a key fumble while the Chiefs were still in it.
The loss of Tony Moeaki has proven to be a big one as Matt Cassel didn't have his safety valve and suffered for it. And with a clearly rattled defense now losing Eric Berry for the season, the offense may need to do a lot more throwing this season than they expected, just to stay in games.
Cassel was playing banged up, and I'm no doctor, but I have to imagine it would be excruciating to walk the dog with a cracked rib, let alone play football. But he had some zip on his passes, and I don't think his injury was much of a factor.
I'm very encouraged by the production Charles put up in a horrible game situation, my fear is that it may turn into a horrible season situation.
I have Charles as my No. 1 running back in two fantasy leagues, and I lost both of my first games. I even have Tom Brady in one league and Aaron Rodgers in the other, and it still wasn't enough without the production expected of Charles.
This Week: at Detroit Lions (1-0)
Stat Line Projection for Week 2: 17 carries for 87 yards, 7 receptions for 44 yards
I see the Chiefs righting the ship enough on offense to keep the running game a factor and keep Charles in the game. Ndamukong Suh is an absolute beast up the middle, which means the Chiefs would be wise to use Charles' strengths and run outside the tackles and avoid Suh altogether. Charles will have a good game in a losing effort.