The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of a pure dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kansas City would win 42-21 over the Steelers as they now advance to the divisional round to take on the Buffalo Bills. This football game is not only a battle on the field, but off the field.
Both teams have very loyal fanbases as KC is represented by the Chiefs Kingdom and Buffalo is represented by Bills Mafia. The Bills also handled the New England Patriots 47-17. This article will explain why the Kansas City Chiefs are the scariest team in the AFC playoffs.
Patrick Mahomes Is the Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs
The quarterback for the Chiefs is no other than Patrick Mahomes II. Since being drafted to Kansas City in 2017, Mahomes has completed some incredible tasks. In 2018 Mahomes was named AP Offensive Player of the Year and awarded the MVP. In that season, he completed 383-out-of-580 passes for a 66% completion rate. He threw for 5097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Mahomes is elite and roared onto the scene in that 2018 season. With his leadership, Kansas City would go to three consecutive AFC Championships, working on their fourth, consecutive now. The Chiefs also managed to play in back-to-back Super Bowls, having won it all in 2019-20.
Many may be reading and saying, yes, Mahomes is special, but he will be facing Josh Allen, who has been playing very good football and is clicking with his offensive weapons. Let me sprinkle in some playoff stats for Mahomes. According to statmuse.com, Mahomes has completed 221-out-of-340 passes, throwing for 2,728 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. When the playoffs arrive so too does Patrick Mahomes.
The Kansas City Chiefs Are Utilizing All Their Weapons on Offense
The Chiefs have players on their roster that have experienced losing seasons and have also experienced the highs of winning the Super Bowl. Since Andy Reid arrived, the offensive firepower has been unmatched and another reason why KC is the scariest team in the AFC playoffs. Players such as Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill have embedded themselves in history. These are not the only players we are seeing contribute to the Kansas City runs. Running back Darrel Williams has stepped up in a big way, showing he can be a lead back. The wide receiver room has seen Byron Pringle develop from an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State to making big-time catches in big moments. The point is, the Chiefs have found ways to use all their weapons, and that was on full display in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Defense Has Become a Headline for the Kansas City Chiefs
The defense struggled at the beginning of the NFL season. The team was dealing with injuries and personnel issues. Once the defense established their roles and added players into the lineup, life surged back in, and it was noticeable. The front office acquired Melvin Ingram to aid in the pass rush. This trade kicked Chris Jones back defensive tackle where he has been a force. Rookie linebacker Nick Bolton has been very impressive, leading the team with 112 combined tackles. With the offense clicking on all cylinders, and the defense swarming the opposing team, the two combined make for the scariest team in the AFC playoffs.
What Is Next for the Kansas City Chiefs?
The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Buffalo Bills at Kansas City, Missouri, inside Arrowhead Stadium on GEHA field. As stated above, a lot is riding on this game. Kansas City and Buffalo met earlier this season inside Arrowhead Stadium in a Week 5 matchup that would have the Bills come out on top, 38-20. The Chiefs also defeated the Bills in last year’s AFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl. This is going to be an epic showdown, and one I would anticipate gets very high ratings. The game will be played on Sunday, January 23rd, and kickoff will be at 5:30 CT. The television broadcast will be CBS. Get your nachos and popcorn ready because it will be worth every minute of your time.