KC Chiefs: 2018 offense ranked as third best since start of millennium
The KC Chiefs were on fire in 2018 and as a result, have been ranked as the third best offense since 2000.
The 2018 season marked the beginning of the Patrick Mahomes era for the Kansas City Chiefs and what a start to an era it was! Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report ranked that Chiefs offense third on his list of all-time NFL offenses.
The Chiefs cruised to a 5-0 start to the season and finished the year with a 12-4 record and the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Along the way, Patrick Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and threw 50 touchdowns as well compared to just 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 272 yards and another two scores with his legs.
Tyreek Hill had just under 1,500 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns while Travis Kelce had over 1,300 yards with ten touchdowns during Mahomes’ first full year as a starter. The Chiefs were lethal on both sides of the ball, but even once Kareem Hunt was released from the team, KC continued their offense dominance.
Even with Hunt gone for the back half of the season, the Chiefs managed to finish first in both points and total yards. This was largely due to the magic created by Patrick Mahomes. In his first season as a full-time starter, he was named league MVP.
When watching those 2018 Chiefs, we all knew they’d go in the history books as far as all-time NFL offenses go. Were it not for an offsides call in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs would have gone to the Super Bowl and very well could have won it against the Rams.
While the 2019 team might have been the ones to win the Super Bowl, their offense wasn’t anywhere close to as lethal as the 2018 squad. Their defense was better though and that proved to be the difference.
Speaking of 2019, that team did make an appearance in the Honorable Mentions section. Mahomes wasn’t as dangerous that year, mostly due to injury, but he made it count in the biggest moments, tearing up his opponents in the playoffs.
Hill and Kelce both still had good years, though Kelce’s touchdown total was split in half from the season prior. Hill missed four games and finished with under 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since his rookie year. It was still a very good season by Hill though and if he had played in the other four games, he’d have easily had 1,000 yards for the third straight year.
That 2018 Chiefs team might not have gone all the way, but they were a lot of fun to watch and we’re going to see them grouped with legendary offenses like the 2001 St. Louis Rams, 2007 New England Patriots, and 2013 Denver Broncos for the rest of time.