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2021 Playoff Analysis: Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
Elite Quarterback
7 points
Premiere Offensive Weapons
2 points per player
Tyreek Hill
Travis Kelce
Patrick Mahomes (Mobile QB)
Darrel Williams
Byron Pringle
Elite Pass Rushers
4 points per player
Chris Jones
Melvin Ingram
Quality Offensive Coaching
6 points
Quality Defensive Coaching
6 points
Steve Spagnuolo
Number of Successful Comebacks
7 total points if the team successfully staged at least 3 comebacks
Elimination Game Experience
2 points each for offense, defense, and special teams units, provided a majority of key role players on a given unit have experience in elimination game scenarios.
Special Teams
Quarterback Elimination Game Experience
6 points if a quarterback has experience in an elimination game
Score Range
35 - 43

The Chiefs are an interesting team. Just a week ago, I saw only one star edge rusher. On top of that, the team’s surrendered as many comebacks as they’ve mounted successfully, giving me legitimate cause to question their mental fortitude. But that win against Denver to close out their regular season was critical. Not only did Kansas register another successful comeback, they did so on the road thanks to a brilliant performance from Melvin Ingram. Ingram now merits some serious consideration as an elite pass rusher, something the Chiefs desperately needed if they’re to boast a fully loaded defense entering the postseason.

The offense is really the only problem area on this team. Pretty surprising too considering Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid have molded this offense into one of the most explosive units in the league in the past few years. But their performance this season has been horribly inconsistent. Nothing better demonstrates this than the Cincinnati game - the Chiefs post four touchdowns in the first half only to lie down and die in the second half. It may end up being their downfall if they’re to compete against another team featuring a loaded defense of their own, managed by a coach as equally capable as Steve Spagnuolo.

Still, even with the offense presenting some issues of their own, Kansas is really one of the most complete teams in the league. A Super Bowl berth is quite likely.

Kansas City wins the championship if
Melvin Ingram evolves into a dominant pass rusher to compliment Chris Jones. The strength of this Chiefs club is their defense, and it’ll be the defense ultimately paving the way towards another Lombardi trophy so long as two elite pass rushers can help that unit produce at a wonderfully high level. It would also help if Andy Reid can actually incorporate some new concepts into this offense to help give it some life. Enough with the downfield plays - take a page from the Saints playbook and focus more on passing the ball in the flat and intermediate areas of the field. Then again, perhaps their current offense will suffice just fine if Byron Pringle manages to emerge as a reliable third receiver alongside Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill…