You always hear coaches and media pundits talking about the identity of a specific team. For some, that means having a tight-knit group that battles for one another in the face of adversity, while for others, it’s about playing solid defensive football from start to finish. Identities can change from era to era, but right now, you have to say that the identity of the Kansas City Chiefs is that they are an offensive juggernaut. You don’t get to back-to-back Super Bowls without playing some good defense, too, but make no mistake about it, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are a team built on offense. How will that unit look in 2021? Let’s take a bit of a deeper look at what they did last season and how things might play out this year so you can start planning your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting – Kansas City Chiefs Offense Expert Betting Analysis For the 2021-22 Season
Chiefs Offense in 2020
After a brilliant year in 2019, which ended with the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl, KC went into last season as the favorites to blaze a path through the AFC on the way to another Championship appearance. It was a high bar to attain, but it was one that they met, although it all ended with a loss to Brady and the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, a game in which their high-powered offense was essentially shut down.
Individually, it was another stellar season for Patrick Mahomes, who finished second to Patrick Watson in total yards, although it should be noted that he played one less game. The Chiefs threw for over 303 YPG last season, which was best in the league, but with 112 YPG on the ground, they were way down in the middle of the pack.
Strangely enough, despite all the yards the Chiefs offense racked up, the only managed to finish 6th in the league in points per game, averaging 29.6, which is still a rather impressive number.
The Chiefs Offensive Outlook in 2021
It became clear in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that the Chiefs O-Line was not where it needed to be. Patrick Mahomes spent large portions of that game on the run and trying to make plays, and while that is something he does really well, it’s impossible to see success when it is happening every second or third play.
The Chiefs went out of their way to address those offensive line woes in the offseason and should be better coming into the new season. That could be good news for RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire as he heads into year two looking to avoid a sophomore slump. If he can take a step forward and the O-Line improves, this offense could be unstoppable.
That said, the Chiefs also need to see their red zone performance improve. It was their stalls, and most notably their inability to effectively run the football in that area, that kept them out of the top 5 in PPG scoring last season.
Still, when you have Patrick Mahomes as your QB, the reality is that you have a shot at winning every single week. It also helps to have legitimate weapons like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins on staff, so the Chiefs really do still look loaded on the offensive side of the football. I think we should be preparing ourselves for another show from Mahomes and company.