The Kansas City Chiefs have put together another quality season, but have flown under the radar. They’ve clinched the AFC West for a fourth straight year and haven’t been talked about as front runners like last year.
Patrick Mahomes, the reigning MVP, is a Pro Bowl player once again but hasn’t matched the ridiculous stats he put up last year. He’ll fall well short of 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns passes at the end of this season. However, he does still have one of the best tight ends in the NFL in Travis Kelce and the always speedy Tyreek Hill at his disposal. The Chiefs’ problems are more on the defensive end.
Kansas City was one of the worst teams against the pass and the run last year but have improved significantly this season. The Chiefs are even flirting with being a top-10 team against the pass. However, the run defense is still bottom five.
The Chiefs released Justin Houston and traded Dee Ford to the 49ers after the 2018 season. Both linebackers were bright spots as players with Pro Bowl experience on a struggling defensive unit. In order to make progress the team needs to pursue run stoppers on the defensive line at the the linebacker position. If the Chiefs can get their offense and defense better than average they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Chiefs face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The AFC West faces the NFC North, which adds four more opponents. The AFC West faces the AFC East, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the AFC South and AFC North.