Can Anyone Stop the Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes and company look poised to repeat as champions

2020 has been a down year for many people around the world. The same can’t be said for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mahomes and crew were crowned Super Bowl champions in February. The MVP quarterback then went on to sign the largest contract in NFL history months later. Fast forward to this season, and the 10–1 Chiefs haven’t missed a beat.

Kansas City is coming off a 27–24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A game in which Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill dominated. Mahomes finished with 462 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Hill was on the receiving end of most of that yardage, finishing with 13 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

While this perhaps was the most dominant game statistically for Kansas City, it’s somewhat become normal for NFL fans. That’s just how good the Chiefs are.

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Mahomes and Hill were both dominant against Tampa Bay. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City once again has the most prolific offense in football. They’re averaging the most total yards per game, the most passing yards per game, and the second most points per game. Patrick Mahomes is likely going to receive his second MVP award at the end of this season. The superstar quarterback has the most passing yards (3,497), and the third most passing touchdowns (30), while throwing just two interceptions. Mahomes also has the highest QBR this season.

It doesn’t stop there for the Kansas City offense either. Tyreek Hill (second-most) and Travis Kelce (third-most) both rank in the top three in receiving yards this season. Hill has also added in a league-leading 13 receiving touchdowns.

While the Chiefs are known for their dynamic passing attack, they also have a running game they can lean on if necessary. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire currently has the tenth-most rushing yards in the NFL. Not to mention they have former Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell as a backup.

This KC offense is as close to unstoppable as it gets. That’s why it’s especially worrisome for other teams that the Chiefs’ defense has also been great this year. Kansas City’s defense is currently allowing the sixth-fewest points per game. They also have the tenth-most takeaways, including the fourth-most interceptions.

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Patrick Mahomes will likely be named MVP at the end of the season. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

This leads to the question, who can stop the Kansas City Chiefs?

The two most likely candidates would be the Pittsburgh Steelers (10–0) and the New Orleans Saints (9–2). Both teams have lingering questions despite their excellent records however. In the case of the Steelers, their schedule has been somewhat weak, leading some to question how they’d fare against a dominant team like Kansas City. As for the Saints, Drew Brees has faced questions concerning his ability to perform at his age. Will his lack of arm strength be a deterrent in the playoffs? New Orleans has also had to squeak out victories against below average teams such as the Chargers and Lions.

In the end, Kansas City would likely be favored against both Pittsburgh and New Orleans, as they should be. The Chiefs will likely finish the season at either 15–1 or 14–2 (a road game against the Saints is likely the only chance the team drops a game). If KC doesn’t secure the one seed in the AFC, then the road gets a little tougher. They would rather host Pittsburgh than have to travel there. Given the way the Chiefs are playing however, it won’t matter. I fully expect the Kansas City Chiefs to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season yet again.

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University at Buffalo ’20 | BA in Communication | Writer for The Sports Scientist

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