The 2020 season is supposed to be a season of celebration at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, though at the moment it is unknown when or if fans will be allowed to participate in those celebrations. The goal for 2020 is simple, get to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl LV on February 6 and a chance to be the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots did it 16 years ago.
The Chiefs have full confidence in Mahomes after giving him an MLB-esque extension. Mahomes has weapons all around him so we can fully expect Kansas City to pick up right where they left off last season. Unsurprisingly, the Chiefs are facing the best odds to win the AFC Championship game in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 10||Houston Texans|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||at Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||New England Patriots|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 6||Oct. 15||at Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||at Denver Broncos|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||New York Jets|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Carolina Panthers|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||BYE WEEK|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||at Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||at Miami Dolphins|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||at New Orleans Saints|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Los Angeles Chargers|
The schedule is as loaded as you’d expect a defending Super Bowl Odds champion’s schedule to be. The Chiefs will face four division champions from 2019 with three of those coming in the first four games. After a playoff rematch with Houston the Chiefs face the Ravens and Patriots in consecutive games in weeks 3 and 4.
A trip to Buffalo in mid-October won’t be easy either, before a nice-three game stretch into the well-placed Week 10 bye. Kansas City plays four of five games on the road after the bye including trips to Vegas, Tampa and New Orleans. The schedule gets easier at the end with home games against the Falcons and Chargers to finish the regular season.
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Last Year’s History
What a magical ride it was for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 as they won their first Super Bowl in 50 years. The season started with four straight wins before consecutive losses to the Colts and Texans. Patrick Maomes was injured in a Thursday night win in Denver and the Chiefs went 1-1 in his absence.
Mahomes returned for a 35-32 setback at Tennessee but that was the last time the Chiefs lost all year. They scored at least 23 points in each of the final six regular season wins and entered the playoffs with a 12-4 record.
Kansas City turned into the comeback kids in the playoffs as they rallied from 24 down to beat Houston 51-31 in the Divisional Round. They fell behind 17-7 to Tennessee in the AFC Championship Game before winning 34-24. In Super Bowl LIV they trailed San Francisco 20-10 in the third quarter before scoring the final 21 points of the game for a 31-20 win behind Mahomes’ MVP performance.
This year’s success starts and ends with Mahomes. The Super Bowl MVP threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns last season while running for two more scores. The 2018 NFL MVP completed 66% of his passes and only threw five interceptions. He led the Chiefs to the fifth-most yards and fifth-most points in the NFL.
In return, Kansas City signed their superstar to a 10-year, $450 million contract. The NFL hasn’t seen a contract of this magnitude since Michael Vick graced us with his presence. Mahomes is a tremendous gunslinger and has an endearing personality to boot.
Fantasy football players know that Hill is a force to be reckoned with. The fourth-year player is a deep-ball threat that must always be taken seriously. Not only that, Hill is pretty deadly in the screen game and short-passing game as well. Although last season’s 860 receiving yards fell short of 2018’s whopping 1,479, Hill was still a major part of Kansas City’s offense. Hill would go on to earn Pro Bowl honors, despite missing 4-games to injury, by adding 7 touchdowns and 58 receptions to his resume.
Tight end Travis Kelce led the receiving attack with 97 catches for 1229 yards and five scores. Those are some eye-catching stats and Kelce subsequently earned Pro Bowl honors as well as second-team All-Pro Honors. Kelce is entering his 7th season in the NFL and will do everything he can to get the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs New Additions
The Chiefs didn’t have a ton of salary-cap space to make big splashes this offseason. They added DE Taco Charlton, CB Antonio Hamilton, OL Mike Remmers, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, and RB DeAndre Washington. Most of those additions address depth, especially Washington and Seals-Jones.
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In the draft, the Chiefs addressed the run game in the first round by selecting LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire to pair with Williams and Washington. In using the pick acquired a year before in exchange for Dee Ford, the Chiefs took Mississippi State LB Willie Gay in the second round. Overall, the Chiefs only had six picks in the draft after making trades for Frank Clark, Darron Lee and Jordan Lucas in past years.
With their final four picks of the 2020 draft, the Chiefs took OT Lucas Niang from TCU, S L’Jarius Sneed from La Tech, DE Mike Danna from Michigan and CB Thakarius Keyes from Tulane. After the draft they signed undrafted free agent QB Shea Patterson from QB and P Tommy Townsend who could replace the released Dustin Colquitt.
Kansas City Chiefs Key Subtractions
The Chiefs mostly lost part-time players this off-season. Among those were McCoy, Spencer Ware, Terrell Suggs and backup QB Matt Moore who are all still free agents. CB Kendall Fuller signed with the Redskins while Ogbah left for the Dolphins and OG Stefen Wisniewski signed with the Steelers. Linebacker Reggie Tagland is now with Detroit and TE Blake Bell is with Dallas. Ultimately this should have little to no effect on the Chiefs’ regular-season success.
The AFC West has been won by the Chiefs in each of the last four years and 2020 shouldn’t be any different. Kansas City went 6-0 in the division last season and they are 22-2 against AFC West opponents the last four seasons. None of the other three teams finished with a winning record last year as both the Broncos and Raiders were 7-9 and the Chargers went 5-11.
The Raiders limped down the stretch last year while the Broncos won four of the final five. The Chargers are in transition without Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon and may turn to sixth overall pick Justin Herbert at QB this season.
Kansas City Chiefs Offense
The Chiefs had three players qualify for the Pro Bowl last season (Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill). As you can see, the Chiefs failed to have a running back earn those honors. That’s because the bulk of Kansas City’s offensive production came through the air. Behind Mahomes’ cannon and wheels, the Chiefs were the 4th best passing offense in the league. Additionally, they ranked 2nd overall in both scoring and yards per play.
With all the right pieces returning, there’s no reason to expect anything short of dominance from Kansas City this season.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense
The Chiefs’ defense isn’t nearly as elite as their offense. Notwithstanding, their defense is just good enough to ensure they come out on top. Granted, that last part probably has more to do with their offense.
Numbers-wise, the Chiefs defense ranked 10th in scoring, 13th against the pass, 25th against the run and 19th in time on the field. All they need to do this season is to maintain or improve their 20.16 points given up per game.
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