The Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC West champions and the number two seed in the AFC.
It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride during the 2016 season, but the end result is a 12-4 record (which is the third best record in all of the NFL) and a first round bye in the playoffs. Everything went KC’s way on Sunday as they defeated the San Diego Chargers 37-27 and got the help they needed as the Denver Broncos beat the quarterback-less Oakland Raiders 24-6.
While the Chiefs have found creative ways to win all season it was often a necessity to do so because their offense was struggling. That hasn’t been the case down the stretch with the offense finally seeming to find its stride. That is very good news as the Chiefs head into the playoffs.
Through fourteen games the Kansas City Chiefs were averaging 22.8 points per game and converting a miserable 34.8% of their third downs. In their final two games of the season the Chiefs scored 35 points per game and converted 58.6% of their third downs.
The Chiefs defense is good, but I don’t know that they are elite enough to win a Super Bowl if the offense is only scoring 23 points and converting 35% of their third downs. However, if you pair KC’s defense (and special teams for that matter) with an offense that is putting up 35 points and converting over 50% of their third downs then I truly believe that the Chiefs can play with any team in the NFL.