Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is getting closer to Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (who left his game with an ankle injury) the current leader for the NFL's rushing title. Charles, thanks to an 80-yard run, put up 126 yards on the St. Louis Rams which puts him 42 yards behind Foster. That we're even talking about him as the NFL's rushing king when he splits carries is evidence of just how effective he's been this year.
So here's how it all breaks down. Foster leads the NFL with 1,345 yards and he's followed by Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew at 1,324 yards. Charles checks in at 1,303 yards. Over the next two games, he would have to go +42 yards over Foster and +21 yards over Jones-Drew.
The really amazing part of this is just how much more effective Charles has been than Foster and Jones-Drew. Charles has his yards on 203 carries. Foster has 277 and Jones-Drew has 299.
The Chiefs have two more games for Charles to add to his total -- Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders. Before the Week 15 games, the Titans were 21st in the NFL stopping the run while the Raiders were 26th. The potential is there for Charles to put up some numbers.
We could always see a big Week 16 from someone to make this a four-man race but right now it looks like it'll come down to Foster, Jones-Drew and Charles.