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One year after drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs – and everyone else – found out that the former Texas Tech signal-caller was an unequivocal star whose ceiling is virtually unlimited.
Now, after watching Mahomes unfurl a season for the ages in 2018, the Chiefs will look to go one step further than they did a year ago when their Super Bowl hopes came to a crushing halt in the AFC Championship game. While the Chiefs made a series of smart offseason transactions, the AFC West title hopefuls are also going to need to overcome some glaring losses if they want to get where they want to go this coming season.
No matter what happens to the Chiefs on the field this coming season, there are a bunch of things you need to know about Kansas City that could help you cash in on Andy Reid’s team over the course of the coming campaign. Let’s get started.
Kansas City Chiefs 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 12-4 (W-L) /9-6-1 (ATS) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 5-2-1 (Away) / 8-5-1 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 10-5-1 (W-L) / 3-4-1 (Home) / 7-1-0 (Away) / 8-5-1 (Grass) / 2-0-0 (Turf) / 61.6 (Total)
Not only did Kansas City record a dozen wins to finish with an identical record as the Chargers in the AFC West, but the Chiefs also covered the chalk nine times, including five times on the road and eight times on grass. Thanks to their high-powered offense, the Chiefs also played Over the O/U Total 10 times including seven times in eight road games and eight times on grass.
- Total Yards: 425.6 / Rank 1
- Passing Yards: 309.7 / Rank 3
- Rushing Yards: 115.9 /Rank 16
- Points Scored: 35.3 / Rank 1
- Field Goal %: 88.9 / Rank 10
Kansas City closed out the regular season ranked first in total offense, third in passing and a league-leading first in scoring (35.3 ppg). The Chiefs saw their offense take off like never before because of the eye-opening play of second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes who took over as the starter after sitting behind Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017.</p.Mahomes passed for over 5,097 yards while tossing a phenomenal 50 touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Kansas City finished a modest 16t in rushing, but it wasn’t because they had a lackluster rushing attack. The Chiefs finished in the middle of the pack in rushing simply because they threw the ball with such success a season ago. The bad news however is the Chiefs had to part ways with running back Kareem Hunt following his legal troubles late last season.
To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Chiefs signed veteran running back Carlos Hyde in free agency while drafting Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman in the second round.
- Total Yards: 405.5 / Rank 31
- Passing Yards: 273.4 / Rank 31
- Rushing Yards: 132.1 /Rank 27
- Points Allowed: 26.3 / Rank 24
- Field Goal %: 84.6 / Rank 13
To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs signed veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu, veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland, defensive end Alex Okafor and linebacker Damien Wilson after parting ways with former defensive cornerstones, Justin Houston and Dee Ford. Just last week, Kansas City made another huge addition by acquiring former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark. The Chiefs also hired a new defensive coordinator in the widely-respected Steve Spagnuolo, who installed a new, 4-3 base defense.Defensively, Kansas City gave up a ton of yardage – and points while finishing an awful 31st in total defense, an identical 31st against the pass, 27th against the run and 24th in points allowed (26.3 ppg). The good news is that their failures on the defensive side of the ball led to a complete overhaul of the secondary.
- Touchdowns: Tyreek Hill (14)
- Rushing: Kareem Hunt (824)
- Passing: Patrick Mahomes (5097)
- Receiving: Tyreek Hill (1479)
- Sacks: Chris Jones (15.5)
- Interceptions: Steven Nelson (4)
In addition to all of those passing yards and TD passes, Patrick Mahomes also completed an impressive 66 percent of his passes while rushing for 272 yards and another two touchdowns. Second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones has a stellar 15.5 sacks while fourth-tear cornerback Steven Nelson led the team with four picks.Fleet-footed Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a stupendous 2018 campaign by racking up a team-high 14 touchdowns and team-high 1,479 receiving yards. Unfortunately, Hill could miss all or parts of the upcoming 2019 season because of his alleged role in a child abuse case.
Kansas City swept two of their AFC West division rivals (Denver and Oakland) a year ago and I can see that same scenario playing out with the Raiders still in the early stages of a massive rebuild and Denver turning to mediocre veteran Joe Flacco one year after handing the keys to their offense to another journeyman quarterback in Case Keenum.
I know Kansas City parted ways with gifted running back Kareem Hunt and that they could be without the services of Tyreek Hill in 2019, but I’m thinking Patrick Mahomes is so talented and Andy Reid is so masterful as an offensive mind, that the Chiefs will still find a way to reach the double-digit win mark at the very least.