A Super Bowl LIV Guide for Beginners: Kansas City Chiefs
By Chris Stephano
Want to sound smart at your Super Bowl LIV party, even if you aren’t a big football fan? The following series is for you! Today we take a look at the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Here at The Jet Press, we understand that there are many different kinds of football viewers. There are the diehard fans who watch every game, even exhibition games like the preseason and Pro Bowl.
There are general fans who tune into the important games. And then finally, there are casual fans (or even non-fans) who watch the Super Bowl.
Even if you don’t watch football very often, you can still impress everyone at your Super Bowl party. Over the next few days, we will be providing a crash course on the basics of this year’s Super Bowl matchup.
Today we start the series with an analysis of the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Regular Season Record: 12-4
- Divisional Round: 51-31 win over Houston Texans
- Conference Championship: 35-24 win over Tennessee Titans
The Chiefs are characterized by their high octane offense. They consistently put points on the scoreboard, scoring at least 23 points in 17 of their 18 games this year (including the playoffs).
They scored the fifth-most points this season, and have the ability to keep pace offensively with any team in the league.
Kansas City does tend to be one dimensional on offense. However, their prolific passing attack (fifth in passing yards) more than compensates for a subpar running game (26th in rushing yards).
The Chiefs may not be the most balanced team in football, but their litany of star players in the passing game makes them one of the most powerful squads out there.
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The Chiefs defense is generally competent (seventh in points allowed), although it certainly has some weak spots. Throughout the season, Kansas City’s defense has relied on a “bend, don’t break” philosophy.
Despite surrendering a ton of yards (17th in total yards allowed), they have generally been able to limit scoring by opposing teams. Winning the turnover battle (plus-eight turnover differential) has been a pivotal key to the success of this defensive unit.
The Chiefs’ defense is particularly vulnerable against the run, as they ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing yards allowed (26th).
A team that can run the ball and minimize turnovers would be well poised to take advantage of the Chiefs’ vulnerabilities on defense.
Key Players to Know:
Patrick Mahomes is not only the Chiefs’ most valuable player, but he is also the best player who will take the field for Super Bowl LIV.
The superstar quarterback has made two Pro Bowls and thrown for 76 touchdown passes and over 9,000 yards, all before his 25th birthday.
If the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, Mahomes will be the primary reason for their success.
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Tyreek Hill is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, and a key cog in Kansas City’s powerful passing offense.
Despite battling through an injury-marred season, Hill put up solid numbers (58 receptions for 860 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games).
A good tight end is an essential piece of a successful NFL offense, as teams need players who can consistently catch short passes and move the chains.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, they have one of the best tight ends in the league.
Travis Kelce led the Chiefs in catches and receiving yards this season, and he will undoubtedly see many targets in the Super Bowl.
Kansas City’s bread and butter is their offense, but they also have some talented defensive players.
Chief among them is safety Tyrann Mathieu. The 2019 First Team All-Pro led the team with four interceptions while also contributing two sacks.
A big play by Mathieu at the right moment could very well be the difference-maker in Super Bowl LIV.
The Chiefs may not be a flawless team. But with a superstar quarterback and an array of weapons on offense, they have the ability to compete with — and beat — any team out there.