Not even a little bit.
There are far too many clichès to describe what’s going on right now in Kansas City, and they all grew from the roots of blood-stained grass where men grunt and hit each other, and other men grunt on the sidelines while watching the symphony of grunting. That’s the theater of yesteryear that the Chiefs and Ravens are staging right now in a game that’s tied 3-3 at halftime.
How so? Welp, let’s consult the boxscore. First, there’s the seven pass attempts by Matt Cassel, five of which have been successful, and three of those completions have landed in the hands of Dwayne Bowe. The other two were caught by Jamaal Charles and Shaun Draughn, making Bowe the only wide receiver to be useful thus far, or more accurately, to be made useful.
And what of those Chiefs running backs? They’re everything, all at once.
In a stark contrast to their Tebowian level of pass attempts through two quarters, the Chiefs have run the ball 34 times, and 20 of those carries have gone to Charles. That’s led to 125 rushing yards for the Chiefs RB who’s quickly becoming your leader for comeback player of the year. Which is splendid, because it means that Charles could quit now and he’d still have a phenomenal day, but that won’t happen because quitting for no apparent reason is generally frowned upon in brute sport.
So be elated, Charles owner, because you should be when your running back entered halftime on pace for 250 rushing yards. But be leery too, and a little scared.
Even during his 2010 season when he had 1,467 rushing yards, Charles only had 20 or more carries three times, averaging just 14.4 per game. He’s not a volume runner, and yet he’s easily exceeded that carry average from two years ago in just one half today, a week after a career-high 33 carries, and a year after shredding his knee.
Charles will either break records, or break himself.