The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the unimpressive Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 19-17 on Sunday because their offense is awful. They are. It’s not debatable. If you try to argue otherwise you are such a Kool Aid drinking homer that there is no reason to waste time arguing with you and this is coming from a guy that early in his blogging career had the Kool Aid man as his avatar because of his positive outlook on most things. The. Offense. Is. Awful. Period. The really bad news is that the offense wasn’t uncharacteristically bad on Sunday, this is pretty much who they’ve been all season. Awful.
The question is why?
Before I answer that question, let me take a moment to acknowledge that the defense was pretty awful on Sunday too. However, the defense has been bailing the offense out all season and on Sunday they just needed the offense to be average and carry their own weight to pull that game out and the offense couldn’t do it.
Yes, the defense couldn’t get off the field on third down, but when you’re missing your best corner who is tied for the league lead in interceptions and your best pass rusher who is tied for the league lead in sacks you aren’t likely to be at your best. The defense still held Tampa Bay to under 20 points. That’s well below the Buccaneers season average.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay came into Sunday’s game allowing 26.9 points per game. So actually, KC’s offense didn’t even have to be average to win. They could be a full touchdown worse than average and still eek out a win. They STILL couldn’t do it.
Why? Because their offense is awful.
Now let’s talk about why.