What the Kansas City Chiefs are on pace for at the halfway mark

David Welker

After just a few games, Justin Houston was on pace to obliterate the NFL's sack record. Alex Smith was going to go an entire season without a turnover. Small sample sizes are interesting but not very effective for any meaningful projection. But half a season? We're interested. See the Chiefs offense at the halfway point below.

Alex Smith

Through 8 games: 59.1 percent, 1,795 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs, 258 rushing yards
Projections: 59.1 percent, 3,590 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs, 516 rushing yards

Smith has largely been the quarterback as advertised in his first half season with the Chiefs. He has a 1.4 interception percentage, which is right on par with his 2011 season when the 49ers went 13-3. There's some cause for concern with the completion percentage and lack of connection with Dwayne Bowe, but the weapons were suspect coming into the season for the Chiefs in the passing game. In addition, Smith's ability to run has been a solid surprise.

Jamaal Charles

Through 8 games: 153 carries, 635 rushing yards, 6 TDs, 41 catches, 383 receiving yards, 2 TDs
Projections: 306 carries, 1,270 rushing yards, 12 TDs, 82 catches, 766 receiving yards, 4 TDs

It's been an unpredictable, interesting and productive season for Jamaal Charles. Despite being the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage (1,018, tied with LeSean McCoy), Chiefs fans know that Charles has yet to drop a true breakout performance against some poor defense, yet he's only one touchdown and four catches shy of career highs. Andy Reid is using him like he said he would. While concerns about durability exist, it's impossible to argue with the results.

Donnie Avery

Through 8 games: 24 catches, 374 yards, 1 TD
Projections: 48 catches, 748 yards, 2 TDs

Avery has been the supplemental receiver that Reid's offense needed. He's playing the same role as he did for the Rams in 2009 (47 catches, 589 yards, 5 TDs) and the Colts in 2012 (60 catches, 781 yards, 3 TDs). If not for injuries, Avery would likely put up similar totals to these each year. Strong showings against the Eagles and Titans gave the Chiefs offense the outlet they needed to stay undefeated in those games.

Dwayne Bowe

Through 8 games: 26 catches, 302 yards, 2 TDs
Projections: 52 catches, 604 yards, 4 TDs

If the Chiefs had lost a few games to this point, fans would be furious over this stat line. Bowe is arguably the greatest wide receiver in Chiefs history and he was on pace with the NFL's greats through his first few years in the league. Despite the lack of stats, opponents still have to account for Bowe's ability and his blocking, leadership and skill set are vital to this offense despite the stat line. Still it's hard to figure out why Bowe and Smith have yet to click on the field.

Dexter McCluster

Through 8 games: 23 catches, 253 rec. yards, 1 rec. TD, 36 punt returns, 387 ret. yards, 1 TD, 5 rushes, 10 yards
Projections: 46 catches, 506 rec. yards, 2 rec. TD, 72 returns, 774 ret. yards, 2 TDs

This is another interesting stat line. DMC has been a tweener on offense in years past; just two years ago, he had 114 carries in the backfield. Reid is committed to McCluster as a receiver, an he's much better at utilizing McCluster's athleticism than his predecessors. He's averaging nearly 2.5 yards more per reception this year than 2012.

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