A dozen (or so) tasks the Chiefs must accomplish to knock off the Ravens

The Chiefs are playing in their sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game. If they're going to go back to the Super Bowl, here's what they need to do.

Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15)
Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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7. Finish in the red zone

One of the biggest issues that the Chiefs have had this season on offense has been scoring touchdowns in the red zone. In both the regular season and postseason, the offense has scored a touchdown in 52.1% of red zone trips, ranking just 19th in the NFL. The Ravens are 6th at 63.0%. Through two playoff games, Kansas City has gone just 4 for 10. A 40% TD conversion rate in the red zone isn't going to cut it against a team like Baltimore.

So far this season, the Ravens surrendered a touchdown in just 40.8% of red zone trips, 2nd best in the NFL. The Chiefs' defense is 10th at 51.9%. Kansas City needs to turn that strength into a weakness for Baltimore.

Red zone conversion on both sides of the ball can easily be the difference between a win and a loss as well as a close win and a blowout. As great as Harrison Butker has been this year, Chiefs fans would prefer that he not step on the field in this game, with the obvious exception of extra points, kickoffs, and possibly the game-winning field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter or overtime. Getting three points instead of seven in the red zone may be catastrophic for Kansas City.