From the Truman Sports Complex
For the first time this season a member of the Chiefs offense has been judged the past weekend’s best performer in the AFC. The league office announced Wednesday that RB Jamaal Charles was the conference’s offensive player of the week.
Charles scored 5 touchdowns last Sunday against Oakland in a 56-31 Chiefs victory. He became one of 16 players to score 5 times or more in a game over NFL history and he’s the first running back to catch four TD passes in a single game.
After 14 games, Charles is the league’s No. 4 rusher with 1,181 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He’s ranked at No. 33 in the league as a receiver with 655 yards on 65 catches and 7 touchdown catches. No running back has more receiving yardage this season than Charles.
He’s the first offensive player with the Chiefs since QB Brady Quinn had the honors in Week No. 13 last year. In the last seven seasons (2007-13), the Chiefs have won just four offensive player of the week honors.
Charles becomes the fifth Chiefs player in 2013 to earn player of the week honors: Week #1-OLB Justin Houston, Week #3-Houston, Week #4-Returner Dexter McCluster, Week #6 OLB Tamba Hali, Week #8-Kicker Ryan Succop, Week #14-Hali, week #15-Charles.