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Kansas City Chiefs by the numbers: Jamaal Charles is getting his work in

From Jamaal Charles' league-leading touches to special teams dominance in the Tennessee Titans game, here's another week in Kansas City Chiefs by the numbers.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are now 5-0 on the season and there's no other way to describe Andy Reid's first year in Kansas City other than "magical". No other team in the NFL has ever started 5-0 just one season after a year with two wins or fewer. In short, no one turns things around this quickly -- even in a sport known for parity year after year.

Yet that's not the only stat worthy of discussion. Here's the latest Chiefs By The Numbers for Week 5:


Jamaal Charles said he'd "do it all" in Andy Reid's offense. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said the "sky is the limit" with Charles. Turns out everyone was telling the truth. Charles leads the NFL in offensive touches with 120, five ahead of Arian Foster in second place. From the very first game, it's clear that Reid's staff knew exactly what a special talent they had in the Chiefs running back.


That's the career rushing yardage for Jamaal Charles after last week's win over the Titans, a game in which Charles climbed past Christian Okoye for third on the Chiefs all-time rushing list. The Nigerian Nightmare will always be remembered as one of KC's most dynamic players, but that shows you just how much you should appreciate watching Charles week-to-week.

5 in 25

The Chiefs have five wins in five weeks this season. Unfortunately, the team only had five wins in its previous 25 games before this streak. Yep. Five wins in 25 games. It's a miserable streak that started with that embarrassing 31-3 loss to the Dolphins at Arrowhead in November, 2011.


Dexter McCluster is in the top 10 in yards per touch in the NFL with 11.5. It's proof that the Chiefs have more playmakers than you think in several facets of the game. Charles isn't the only dangerous player in open space, as illustrated by DMC's fantastic punt return vs. the New York Giants in Week 4.


The Chiefs defense lead the NFL in points scored by the opposition at 58. Through five games, that's 11.6 points per game for Chiefs opponents. If the Chiefs keep up this pace, it will be the third greatest defensive performance of team history. The only better defenses? How about the 1968 and 1969 Chiefs teams. The latter won the Super Bowl.


That's the passer rating for opposing quarterbacks in the fourth quarter vs. the Chiefs. The total stats for teams trying to come back on the Chiefs? 32 attempts in 66 completions for a 48.5 completion percentage. Even better: zero touchdowns and three interceptions. The ability to close out a game on such a dominant level shows off the coaching talent, maturity, coaching acumen and stamina.

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