Kansas City Chiefs offense is peaking at the right time
If the Chiefs put up these numbers against two terrible defenses then there might be reason for doubt, but the Chiefs biggest offensive outburst of the season came last week against the Denver Broncos who have one of the best defenses in all of the NFL. The Chiefs actually put up numbers against Denver that no team had in years as they racked up 33 points and 484 yards against the defending Super Bowl champs. If they can produce against that defense they have the potential to produce against any defense they will see in the playoffs.
The three best defenses in the playoffs this year are probably Houston’s, New England’s, and Seattle’s. Here are how their numbers this season compare to Denver’s.
Denver: 18.6 PPG, 316.1 YPG, 4.7 YPP, 36% third downs allowed
Houston: 20.5 PPG, 301.3 YPG, 5.1 YPP, 38% third downs allowed
New England: 15.6 PPG, 326.4 YPG, 5.2 YPP, 37% third downs allowed
Seattle: 18.2 PPG, 318.7 YPG, 5.0 YPP, 39% third downs allowed
As you can see, none of the potential top defenses that the Chiefs may face in the playoffs are better than Denver’s. New England has a clear advantage in points allowed, but the rest of their numbers are actually worse than Denver’s. So I’ll say it again, if the offense that has shown up the past two weeks shows up in the playoffs the Chiefs can compete with anyone.
So what is the key to Kansas City maintaining their offensive success? To me it comes down to two key things.