DATA DEPENDENT: The Kansas City Chiefs by the Numbers.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl in the 2019-2020 season. Can they do it again? 

At the time of writing, the KC Chiefs are 10-1 and remain the clear favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs. But just how good are the Chiefs? To give an idea, they are favored over their division rivals and Week 13 opponents, Denver Broncos, by 14 points. Two touchdowns is a massive point spread in the NFL. 

Top 10 on Both Sides of the Ball

The Chiefs boast the No. 6 scoring defense and the No 2 scoring offense in the league. So far this season, the Chiefs have been amazing in the Red Zone. Statistically speaking, the Chiefs are only middle of the road on D. They are No. 24 against the run and No. 16 versus the pass. On top of that, they are No. 17 in yards per play allowed. So, why do they have nearly a Top 5 D?

Because when the field shortens, they play exceptionally well. They have a defensive Red Zone scoring percentage of 74.19%. That means that three out of four times a team gets into the Red Zone, they don’t even get a field goal!

Look at it this way, the Chiefs are one of the best offenses in the league, and they have an RZ scoring efficiency percentage of 62.8%. If they only score in the low 60% range, with the No. 2 offense in the league, then how is any other team supposed to keep up with them if they get shut down three-fourths of the time they make it to the Red Zone? 

To put this further into perspective, the Green Bay Packers have excellent RZ efficiency. They are the current No. 1 offense, and they score 74.42 percent of the time in the RZ. Their defense is solid at 66.67 % in the RZ, but they allow chunk yardage scoring outside the RZ and thus end up with the No. 19 defense.

“We Got The Best”

If you saw the onfield reel after the Chiefs won last week, Tyreek Hill saying we got the best QB, we got the best head coach; we got the best offensive coordinator, you might think he’s biased. That said, he’s also not wrong. The only thing he left out is they have the best WR: Tyreek Hill. Hill caught 13 passes against tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. Do the Chiefs win that game without him? Not likely. He’s only failed to score in two games this season. And in the last three games, he’s amassed 582 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

The other definite best is Patrick Mahomes. He sat at #1 in the Week 12 power rankings.

Mahomes averages 317.9 yards per game, which is first in the league. He is incredibly efficient, with a  TD to INT rate of just 0.5%, also 1st in the league. With 215 rushing yards, he’s 10th. 68.8% completion percentage puts him tied for 6th. And a 7.1% touchdown percentage is good enough for 4th in the league. When you add it all up, the only QB who even compares is Aaron Rodgers. 

On top of this, the Chiefs have a stud of a rookie RB in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Clyde is rated as the No. 7 fantasy football (PPR) running back right now. They have the top tight end in the league in Travis Kelce, with 7 TDs, and 896 yards so far this season. Then they have Sammy Watkins as a slot receiver who snagged four catches in his Week 12 return. When this team is healthy, they have an unfair amount of weapons! 

John Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders are the only team to upset the Chiefs this season. Can the Chiefs finish out with just one loss? If so, their odds to win the Super Bowl will continue to climb.

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