5 convincing reasons to believe the Chiefs defense is Super Bowl-ready

There are five reasons to believe that this defense is good enough to carry the Chiefs to another Super Bowl this season.

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Miami Dolphins v Kansas City Chiefs
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5. The Chiefs Offense Isn't That Bad

When we think of defenses that carried their team to a Super Bowl win, we often think of teams like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens or the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers that carried quarterbacks like Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson. In those cases, the defense really did carry the offense on their backs on the way to a Super Bowl win. That isn't the case for the 2023 Kansas City Chiefs.

Let's set aside the Hall of Fame names that are on the Chiefs' offensive side of the ball and just talk pure numbers for a second. While this season is being viewed as a big disappointment for the offense, K.C. actually finished 9th in yards per game and 15th in points per game. This wasn't a "bad" offense, it just wasn't elite like it had been the previous several seasons. So when we talk about the defense carrying the offense to a Super Bowl, that isn't a fair statement.

The Chiefs' offense doesn't need carrying. A better description might be that the Chiefs' defense can lead them to a Super Bowl win. When you have Andy Reid as your coach, Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, Travis Kelce at tight end, and two young emerging offensive players in Isiah Pacheco and Rashee Rice (who can help carry the Chiefs), the defense doesn't have to shut out the opposing offense. All they have to do is limit them to 20 points or less and you have to believe the Chiefs have a real shot to win against absolutely anyone.

I know there are some good offenses left in the playoffs, but it's time we think about this defense differently. There isn't any team that this defense can't hold to under 20 points if they play their best football. Not. A. Single. Team. That mixed with just Patrick Mahomes alone is reason enough to believe that this team can still make a Super Bowl run even in a "down year" and if the offense can continue to build off what they did against the Dolphins AND the defense plays this well...

Let's just say that the rest of the NFL should be getting nervous.