The Chiefs had an incredible turnaround in 2013. They went from 2-14 to 11-5 in one season while scoring 219 more points and allowing 120 less points. Overall, it was a change of 339 points in one season. Andy Reid did an excellent job of changing the mindset of the offense while adding an identity to the defense. On both sides of the ball, Kansas City somewhat overachieved their skill set. They were 21st in the league in total yards, but they scored the 6th most points. Their defense allowed the 24th most total yards while allowing only the fifth most points. Their success was by limiting turnovers on offense while creating turnovers on defense. This led to the second best turnover margin (+18) in the league. Andy Reid will return for his second season as head coach. He is 141-98-1 in his NFL career with one Super Bowl appearance. Doug Pederson will run the offense, and Bob Sutton will be in charge of the defense. The Chiefs finished 10th in the NFL in rushing yards (2,056) with 17 rushing TD’s. The passing attack ranked 24th in passing yards per game (208.8) with 24 passing TD’s and a league low 8 Int’s. Their offensive line allowed 41 sacks. On defense, Kansas City did struggle a bit in rushing defense. They allowed 4.5 yards per carry, which led to 1,923 rushing yards (22nd). The Chiefs did play well in the red zone as they allowed only 9 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense ranked in the bottom third of the league in passing yards allowed per game (247.6). They allowed 25 TD’s with 21 Int’s. Kansas City overcame some of their shortcomings in pass coverage due to an above average pass rush (47 sacks).
Jamaal Charles (RB) – Charles entered 2013 season with a slight concern due to a foot injury suffered in preseason. When the gate opened for the regular season, he was healthy with no issues related to his foot during the regular season. Jamaal became a pass catching machine in Andy Reid’s offense. He caught 70 passes for 693 yards and 7 TD’s on a league high 104 RB targets. Over the first 10 games of the season, he struggled to find any room rushing the ball as he only averaged 4.3 yards per carry with only one 100 yard rushing game. He found his rhythm over his last five games of the season where he averaged 6.6 yards a rush over his last 73 carries with 6 rushing TD’s. He had his statement game in week 15 when he caught 8 passes for 195 yards and 4 TD’s against the Raiders with one other rushing touchdown. Charles finished the year with 259 carries for 1,287 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He didn’t play in week 17, and he suffered a concussion in his playoff game after three carries. Jamaal has electric upside with more in the tank if the Chiefs offensive line can make a step forward. He averaged almost 320 touches over the last two seasons. Intriguing player that will be one of the best pass catching backs again in 2014. His next step is a Priest Holmes or LaDainian Tomlinson type season in their prime.
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