AFC West: 2010 Week 12 High Energy AFC

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

If the San Diego Chargers had any illusion of getting back into Sunday’s eventual 28-13 loss to the visiting Oakland Raiders, Michael Bush gave them a reality check.

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AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziRunning back Michael Bush and the Raiders overpowered the Chargers on Sunday.
The Raiders’ underrated backup running back imposed his will on the San Diego defense on a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, giving the Raiders a 21-3 lead going into halftime. Bush rumbled into the end zone, breaking several tackles.

The Raiders outmuscled the Chargers all game and this play was a pure example of it. Bush and the Raiders had their way with San Diego on the ground all day. Oakland had 251 yards on 52 carries. Bush and starter Darren McFadden wore down the Chargers. McFadden had 97 yards on 19 carries and Bush bulldozed his way to 95 yards on 23 carries.

It was Bush’s touchdown that showed San Diego that it wouldn’t be able to stop Oakland on the ground for the rest of the day. It was a high-energy display of a player refusing to be stopped.
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 12.

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AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonThe Chiefs' Jamaal Charles rushed for 173 yards on 22 carries in Seattle.
With all due respect to Dwayne Bowe, who is playing as well as anyone in the NFL, we’re picking one of his teammates this week.

Yes, Bowe had three touchdown catches and 13 receptions in the Chiefs’ 42-24 win at Seattle on Sunday. But we gave the high-energy nod to Bowe last week. It’s time to share the love with his teammates.

Plus, Jamaal Charles was no slouch against the Seahawks.

Charles had a whopping 173 yards on 22 carries. His big day moved him into the 1,000-yard rushing club for the second straight season. He has 1,021 yards rushing this season, which is the second highest amount in the NFL, and his 6.3-yard average per carry leads the NFL.

This guy is a major reason the Chiefs are the NFL's No. 1-ranked run offense. Charles is a threat to break a long run every time he touches the ball. Bowe might be displaying a high level of energy, so is the Chiefs’ talented running back.