It has been a rough first five weeks for the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2-3 start is not only far from ideal, but no one saw it coming. Perhaps the way the struggles have occurred is even more surprising as the Chiefs are tied with the 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars for the most giveaways this season with 11.
In comparison to recent years, the Chiefs tied for the fourth fewest turnovers in 2020 with 16 and tied for the third fewest turnovers in 2019 with 15 when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The Chiefs also tied for the seventh fewest in 2018 with 18 during Patrick Mahomes’ first year as a starter.
Despite in the top five in scoring, Kansas City’s turnover woes overshadow the scoring.
Here are the two most bizarre stats about this Chiefs offense. According to Pro Football reference, 52.2 percent of Kansas City’s offensive drives end in a score while 21.7 percent of its offensive drives end in turnovers. The Chiefs lead the NFL in both categories.
As mentioned earlier, how Kansas City’s 2-3 start has occurred is stunning. After committing four turnovers against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 at home, the Chiefs committed four turnovers again at home on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills. Kansas City has a minus seven turnover differential through the first five weeks of the season, which is the second worst behind Jacksonville’s minus 10. Mahomes has thrown six interceptions this year, which ties for third most and already equates his total from last year through five weeks into the 2021 season.
Despite the Chiefs being fifth right now in scoring and Mahomes leading the NFL in touchdown passes, all of that is overshadowed with the plethora of turnovers. Even analysts are struggling to explain the rough 2-3 start and why the Chiefs are doing things that are uncharacteristic of them, especially committing four turnovers in consecutive home games.
If there is a team that can turn the ship around, it is this team and specifically this offense the Chiefs have. Tyreek Hill is fourth in receiving yards while he and Travis Kelce are both in the top five in first down receptions. Don’t forget about Josh Gordon as he tried to get up to speed with Kansas City’s offense.
If the Chiefs can solve their offensive woes with the turnovers, they will become a far more dynamic offense and will be hard to beat, even with the struggles on defense.