The Chiefs are coming off their 5th straight win, beating the Denver Broncos 22-9. Although the offense had a sloppy night, the defense once again was able to carry the load and lead the team to another victory this past Sunday night.
This past Sunday, the Chiefs were able to get their 5th straight victory and keep their lead in the AFC West. The offense had a sluggish night, throwing for only 184 yards. Mahomes added another interception to his stat line, matching his career-high in interceptions of 12.
Although the offense had a sluggish night, the defense continued to grow as a unit forcing two turnovers, one sack, and a multitude of pressures on QB Teddy Bridgewater. Their outstanding play is starting to grab the attention of the entire NFL and making experts wonder if this is the new identity for the Kansas City Chiefs. Well, is this a new identity for the reigning AFC Champs?
In my honest opinion, I feel this is the new identity for the Chiefs this year. The reason why I stand strong on this opinion is that obviously, each team will continue to play two high safeties and eliminate the big plays of the offense. Even though they can still play the long game running the ball and taking the underneath routes, it’s obvious this Chiefs offense is desperate to open the flood gates and get back to being one of the most potent and electrifying offenses in the NFL.
If they continue to try and force the big plays, we will continue to see the results we witnessed all season especially with the number of drops that this team had throughout the year. It is a matter of time this offense will end the slump, of course, but it feels good to see the growth of the defense and to watch them destroy the opposing offenses week in and week out. Can we trust the defense to keep this up for the remainder of the season going into the playoffs?
Yes, expect this defense to keep up the pressure and remain strong down the stretch. This defense resembles the adjustments we made midseason during the 2019 Super Bowl run, but better. With the Jones going back to DT and the midseason addition of Melvin Ingram it reminds you of the pickup of Terrell Suggs, but younger, faster, and stronger. Not only do those changes make a difference, but we were able to get back a healthy Willie Gay and have Juan Thornhill start and take more snaps at the safety positions. This unit has gelled like no other and if Spags continue to switch it up and stay aggressive opposing OB’s and the offense will continue to face the raft of this hungry defensive unit.
It’s been a roller-coaster season for this Kansas City Chiefs team, however, they are still in contention staying at No.1 in the AFC West, and also have a chance to somehow grab that No.1 seed in the AFC if those teams who started off hot continue to lose. There are five games left in the season and three of those are against AFC West rivals and matchups against Cincy, and Pittsburgh which are winnable games. I am going to go out on a limb and say the Chiefs somehow end up with the No.1 Seed and once again the AFC will have to go through Kansas City to make it to SoFi Stadium in LA to play in the Super Bowl.