The Kansas City Chiefs are known for their offensive brilliance. They were great in 2019, but there’s an argument to be made they’ll be even better in 2020.
For the last three seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs have had one of the top offenses in the NFL. In 2017, with Alex Smith at the helm, the team started on an absolute tear. They declined slightly in the middle of the season but finished strong to round out the NFL’s top five in total offense and place just outside the same in points—at number six.
The 2018 offense was on an entirely different level. First-year starter Patrick Mahomes set the league ablaze with his dazzling playmaking ability and the Chiefs arsenal of All-Pro and Pro Bowl skill players benefited greatly. It was a coming out party of sorts, not just for Mahomes but for Andy Reid and his offensive scheme. The offense really never faltered and finished the season as the clear number one offense in the NFL in both total yards and points.
This led to a great deal of expectation for the 2019 season. Some pundits in both the local and national media believed the Chiefs had the firepower, now with a retooled and hopefully more competent defense, to end the season undefeated. The question was asked numerous times, especially after adding another speedster at receiver, how could teams possibly stop them on offense?
2019 was obviously a spectacular season, but the offense didn’t play quite as consistent a role in the regular season as I’m sure most in Chiefs Kingdom or around the country expected. Now, don’t read that and come to the conclusion I’m saying the offense in 2019 wasn’t great or was even a problem. They still finished the season sixth in total yards and fifth in points.
The takeaways from this should be: the Chiefs offense took a marginal step backward in the 2019 regular season, and they have an opportunity to take a step back towards 2018’s production in 2020. Let’s take a look at why this could be the case and why it should bolster fans’ confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs can repeat as Super Bowl champions.