This season is not what K.C. Chiefs fans expected. Many had this Chiefs’ team primed to be either 8-0 to 6-2 at this point, but sadly, that hasn’t been the case as the Chiefs are 4-4, with tough losses to the Ravens, Bills, Chargers, and a blowout loss to the Titans.
There has been a multitude of disappointments, from poor execution on all sides/positions of the field to sloppy turnovers that have cost the Chiefs many games (i.e., Ravens). Of course, there is a motherlode of problems, but that sums it up pretty well.
While that holds true, there are players who have been stars as of late on both the offense and defense. With the midseason here, let’s hand out some midseason awards to players who have earned it:
Offensive MVP: Tyreek Hill, WR
Hill has been brighter than the sun through the midpoint of this peculiar 2021 season. On 90 targets, Hill has 64 receptions for 735 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also has five carries for 63 yards, with Hill’s longest run being 18 yards. He leads the Chiefs in almost every receiving stat aside from YPC (Pringle) and YAC (Kelce). He also ranks fifth in the league in receiving yards, and is tied for first in targets, first in receptions, and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns.
Hill has been the Chiefs’ best offensive player, placing great stats across the board. His speed and acceleration kill DBs when they guard him. Even in the short areas, he can turn a catch from a three-yard play to an eight to ten-yard gain by juking everyone out of the defense and fighting for extra yardage. His route running is among the best, he creates amazing YAC after the catch using his athleticism, and while he has had a few drops this year, Hill has good hands overall.
Hill is primed to break a career-best of 87 catches (23 behind) and could very well break the Chiefs’ record for receptions in a season. It is now held by Travis Kelce back in 2018 (103).