Seven Reasons To Believe In The Kansas City Chiefs
Nov 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks tight end Cooper Helfet (84) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Reason 5: The Chiefs Are Allowing The Fewest Passing Yards In The NFL
The Chiefs defensive scheme that is working so well is probably most evident when you look at the passing yards that KC has allowed. The Chiefs are allowing a NFL best 201.6 passing yards per game. That is about 40 yards below the league average. There are only two other teams in the NFL that are allowing less than 220 passing yards per game. It’s also a huge improvement over last season when KC gave up about 247 passing yards per game.
A big reason for the lower number of passing yards allowed this season is that KC has made a conscious effort to take away the deep pass. Last season KC allowed 63 passes of 20 yards or more. That was the third MOST in the NFL last year. This season KC is currently on pace to allow just 40 passes of 20 yards or more and are currently ranked fourth BEST in that category. That’s a huge turnaround and you can tell it is due to a change in philosophy.
The Chiefs are now content to allow teams to complete short passes in front of defensive backs. KC has a good tackling secondary, and they are choosing to allow balls to be completed in front of them as opposed to gambling and frequently getting beat over the top. While at times it can be frustrating when a receiver is open over the middle of the field or on comeback routes on the outside, Chiefs fans need to remember the big picture. KC has done a great job of taking away the deep ball this season and consequently their pass defense is much improved in 2014.
That change in defensive scheme is a good segue to the next reason……..
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