2020 Kansas City Chiefs Review
The Chiefs finished the 2020 season with a 14-2 record to earn the top overall seed in the AFC Playoffs. Kansas City had little trouble throughout the regular season, especially when it came to winning the AFC West.
The Chiefs once again advanced all the way to the Super Bowl a season ago, but this time they came up short. Kansas City struggled to slow down Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense, and Patrick Mahomes and company couldn’t keep up.
It’s hard to say a 14-2 regular season was a disappointment, but the Chiefs were heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl and failed to get it done.
2021 Chiefs Offseason Additions
The Chiefs did not have many holes to fill, but they did manage to make a few acquisitions in free agency. Center Austin Blythe and offensive guard Kyle Long were brought in to help the offensive line.
On the defensive side of the ball, tackle Jarran Reed should help provide some help upfront and get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
2021 Chiefs Offseason Departures
The Chiefs will be without some key players from the 2020 team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Running backs Le’Veon Bell and Damien Williams are no longer with the team, and that hurts the depth at that position.
Eric Fisher was also released by the team, and that leaves a significant hole on the offensive line.
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
Offensive Line Play
The biggest issue facing the Chiefs a season ago was poor play from their offensive line at times. This caused Patrick Mahomes to take some hits throughout the season and probably cost the Chiefs a chance to win a Super Bowl.
Balance on Offense
Kansas City will always be a great passing team, but they need to find a way to become better rushing the football. Clyde-Edwards Helaire is back for his second season in Kansas City, and he should be a much bigger factor this season.
Defense Matching the Offense
Kansas City has improved on the defensive side of the ball, but there is still work to be done. The Chiefs gave up way too many points in the Super Bowl, and the defense needs to take some pressure off of the offense.
Rating Their Schedule
Winning the AFC Championship in 2020 has earned the Chiefs a tough schedule in 2021, but it is something that this team is used to. There are a number of key games on the schedule, and that should create some terrific matchups.
Things start off tough right away as the Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and then travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 2. Things get tough again in Week 5 when the Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game.
The AFC West is not supposed to present many challenges this season, but there are still plenty of tough games on the schedule.
Expectations in 2021
As long as Patrick Mahomes is under center in Kansas City, the Chiefs are always going to be a threat to win the Super Bowl. Kansas City fell short a season ago, but that should just make them hungrier this season.
The Chiefs are going to finish with the best record in the AFC this season, and getting to 15 wins seems like a strong possibility. Look for the Chiefs to end up in the Super Bowl once again, and they will have a great shot to win the title.