Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Season Preview

Russell S. Baxter

Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Season Preview

By Chris Taylor

Special to Pro Football Guru

In 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs were an offsides penalty away from making a trip to the Super Bowl. In quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ first season as a starter, he blew up the NFL world on his way to becoming the first Chiefs’ player to ever win NFL MVP honors. And 2019 promises to be another exciting year for Andy Reid’s team. Expect more of the same from Mahomes. Don’t buy into the "defenses now have film" narrative, that hasn’t worked too well on Tom Brady. And the six-time Super Bowl champion does not own the innovative prowess Mahomes happens to possess. Meanwhile, did the Chiefs’ front office do enough to give the offense breathing room? Will new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo be able to shape a revamped defense into just a Top 20 unit in the league?

Offense: Mahomes is a superstar. This past season, he threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns as opposing defenses struggled to figure out the young hurler. He is the Alpha and Omega for the Kansas City Chiefs. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill make up one of the most dangerous tandems in football. Incoming rookies such as wideout Mecole Hardman and running back Darwin Thompson should make a splash as the season grows old. Running back Damien Williams did a fine job stepping into Kareem Hunt’s role last season, and will start 2019 as the primary back. If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy, he may be the most valuable No. 2 wide receiver in the game. The Chiefs have a solid offensive line led by right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Defense: There’s a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo and a new scheme as the Chiefs make the move to the 4-3. There are incoming stars such as defensive Frank Clark and safety Tyrann Mathieu. They should bring a noticeable change to what fans have recognize as the Chiefs’ defense in recent years, not just in terms of design but production as well. Defensive back Juan Thornhill is definitely a player to watch this season. He has a chance to make as big a statement as cornerback Marcus Peters made during his rookie campaign. If the defense can hold their ground just a few extra times per game this season, the Chiefs should not lose a game in which they score at least 30 points.

Special Teams: Dave Toub is highly recognized as one of the best special teams’ minds in the business. Harrison Butker has been a pleasant and reliable kicker since arriving in Kansas City. Veteran Dustin Colquitt should reprise his role as a punter. He can still get distance and has the ability to place punts where they need to be. The return game is as dangerous as ever, with Hill, Hardman and versatile Tremon Smith more than likely sharing that load.

Prediction: It’s hard to bet against Mahomes. If he regresses in 2019, it may only be statistical. However, he hasn’t done anything to make one think he couldn’t put the same type of numbers up again. The Chiefs should be a standard representation of a playoff team throughout his career. Judging by the team’s schedule, which is similar in difficulty to 2018, a 12-4 season or better seems likely. Health should play a factor here. If the main pieces of the stay healthy, the team should be able to stay on their side of the line of scrimmage, wrap up the AFC’s top seed and make its first Super Bowl appearance since the 1969 season.

Win-Loss Record: 12-4 (1st place, AFC West, AFC champions)

Chris Taylor (@CTaylor1911) currently writes for Arrowheadguys.com (@ArrowheadGuys). He’s a former writer and editor for Fansided.com where he also covered the Kansas City Chiefs.

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