It’s hard for the Kansas City Chiefs to really surprise anyone, but let’s take a look at what could end up as extremely bold predictions.
First off, before getting into these bold predictions, I wanted to emphasize the extremely bold predictions part of the title before I get called crazy. The Kansas City Chiefs‘ 2020 season is a ways off, so it seemed like a good time to swing for the fences and go super bold with the predictions.
Now that we have that disclaimer out of the way, let’s jump right into the extremely bold predictions for the Chiefs 2020 season.
Bold Predictions for KC Chiefs – Number 5: Top Seven Defense
After having arguably the worst team defense in 2018, there was a defensive overhaul in Kansas City last offseason, which lead to a big improvement on that side of the ball for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs went from bottom-feeders to at least a respectable, middle of the pack type defense in just one season despite being in the first year of a defensive coordinator change, scheme change, and a lot of new faces on defense. It is not that out there to assume that the Chiefs defense will likely improve in year two with Coach Spagnuolo.
Last season, the Chiefs were 17th in yards against and yards against per game, which is what a lot of people use to rank total defense; The year prior the Chiefs were 31st. A jump of 10 this year after a jump of 14 last year seems achievable.
Now when I think of total defense, I like to look at more than just yards per game and this is where it gets interesting for the Chiefs. They were actually eighth in passing defense last season and 26th in rush defense.
The pass defense is already at the top of the league despite having various injuries and starting a rookie safety for most of the year. If the rush defense can continue to improve, it’ll skyrocket this team’s ranking in total defense.
Potentially the most impressive part of the Chiefs defense was that they were seventh in points allowed despite scoring the second-most points in the league last season. Points are what really matter in football, not yards, so this is why the Chiefs were honestly a slightly underrated defense last season.
Add in being fifth in interceptions, 11th in sacks, (with a banged-up Chris Jones and Frank Clark, which we will get to next) and now having a year of experience in a new defense under their belt, and it is very easy to see this defensive ranking as possible.