Chiefs Jamaal Charles stakes claim as NFL’s top double threat

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For the second consecutive year, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles has scored five or more touchdowns via running plays and passing plays. This year through Week #14 Charles has nine rushing TDs and five receiving TDs. Last season he became the fifth player in NFL history to have seven or more TDs in both running and pass plays… he had 12 rushing TDs and seven pass receiving scores.

Prior to Charles accomplishing this feat in 2013 and 2014, the last player to have five-plus rushing TDs and five-plus receiving TDs was Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook who accomplished the feat in both 2007 and 2008. All total, there have been 31 times when a player has reached these numbers in a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966); 16 players have done it once, while seven players have accomplished it multiple times The players with multiple seasons:

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, 3 times

James Brooks, Cincinnati, 2 times
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, 2 times
Chuck Foreman, Minnesota, 2 times
Dorsey Levens, Green Bay, 2 times
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 2 times
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia, 2 times

The players who have accomplished this feat once since 1966 were: Marcus Allen, Neal Anderson, Larry Brown, Norm Bulaich, Roger Craig, Ahman Green, Mack Herron,  Dalton Hilliard, Edgerrin James, Ron Johnson, Wilbert Montgomery, Dan Reeves, O.J. Simpson, Wendell Tyler, Ricky Watters, Sammy Winder.

Note: If we change the criteria to include all running backs in NFL history (those prior to 1966), we would add five running backs who reached these numbers twice in their careers: Timmy Brown, Billy Cannon, Dub Jones, Lenny Moore and Dan Reeves.

Note #2: There is still time for a few more players to join this list for 2014. Five running backs already have five-plus rushing TDs and are one or two pass receiving TDs short of joining the list. They are (rushing TDs-receiving Tds listed in parenthesis): Le’Veon Bell (5-3), Matt Forte (6-3), Arian Foster (8-4), Eddie Lacy (7-4) and Marshawn Lynch (9-4).

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