The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2019 NFL regular season as the AFC’s second seed, locking up a first-week playoff bye for Wild Card weekend. While Patrick Mahomes and company were relaxing at home like the rest of us this weekend, the Tennessee Titans were busy pulling off a major upset over the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
With the Baltimore Ravens locked in as the top-seeded team in the AFC conference, they get the benefit of playing the worst remaining seed left in the playoff bracket. In return, the Chiefs will have to duke it out next weekend with the highest seed of the two teams to come away victorious on Saturday, the Houston Texans.
- Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
- Time: 3:05 pm ET
- Date: Sunday, 1/12
- Place: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO)
- Coverage: CBS
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The Chiefs Have Found a Defense to Compliment Mahomes
We all know the talent that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is. The 2018 NFL MVP is arguably the best player in football. While his statistics took a bit of a dip this season, no one doubts the fact that he has the ability to keep his team in, and potentially win, any game. However, it appears that the Chiefs have finally found a defense worthy of complimenting their star signal-caller.
Kansas City’s defense ranked as the 31st defense in all of football last season, essentially making them Mahomes or bust.
The team decided to go back to the drawing board heading into 2019, and so far it’s worked masterfully. KC hired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo while adding edge menace Dee Ford and secondary puzzle piece Tyrann Mathieu in offseason acquisitions.
While it took some time for Kansas City to work out the kinks, the Chiefs defense has hit the ground running over the last seven weeks or so. Since Week 11, the Chiefs have allowed an absurdly low average of just 11.5 points per game. They’ve been extremely stout in the ground game over that span as well, surrendering an average of just 95 rushing yards per contest over that span.
The Chiefs finished 2019 with the seventh-ranked scoring defense in all of football, finally giving them the ferocious defensive unit that they’ve needed to help compliment their stud quarterback on a potential Super Bowl run.
NFL Playoff Schedule 2019-20
|Sat, 1/4||(6) Titans vs. (3)
|Sun, 1/5||(6) Vikings vs. (3) Saints||1:05 pm||FOX|
|Sun, 1/5||(5) Seahawks vs. (4) Eagles||4:40 pm||NBC|
|Sat, 1/11||TBD vs. (1) 49ers||4:35 pm||NBC|
|Sat, 1/11||Titans vs. Ravens||8:15 pm||CBS|
|Sun, 1/12||Texans vs. Chiefs||3:05 pm||CBS|
|Sun, 1/12||TBD vs. (2) Packers||6:40 pm||FOX|
|Sun, 1/19||AFC Championship||3:05 pm||CBS|
|Sun, 1/19||NFC Championship||6:40 pm||FOX|
|Sun, 2/2||Super Bowl LIV (Miami)||6:30 pm||FOX|