The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their seventh consecutive AFC West title this past weekend, beating the Houston Texans in overtime, 30-24. It was an odd game as the Chiefs more than doubled the total yardage of the Texans, but they went right down to the wire despite being on opposite ends of the spectrum.
While Kansas City is preparing for what they hope is another deep playoff run, Houston is already eyeing which quarterback prospect they will be taking with the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Texans can only hope that one day they can have an offense that is nearly as prolific as what the Chiefs have.
The Chiefs are on their way to a sixth consecutive season in which they are in the top six in yardage gained and points scored. They have been machines on the offensive side of the ball, putting to rest any doubts that the loss of Tyreek Hill would derail them.
Even without the All-Pro wide receiver, Kansas City is thriving. Patrick Mahomes is having arguably the best season of his career and is the favorite for the MVP award. He is taking full advantage of the diverse group of skill position players around him as they are even tougher to game plan against now than when Hill was in the lineup.
Just how good have the Chiefs been this season? They are atop the NFL in numerous offensive stats according to NFL on CBS, including points and yards per game and yards per play, getting it done through the air with the most passing yards per game as well. Even when you think you have them stopped, Kansas City converts first downs more frequently than any other team, leading the league in third and fourth-down conversion percentage.
Even the running game, which could have been considered a weakness at times during the season, is coming alive as of late with rookie Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon providing an excellent one-two punch. If defenses have to start accounting for the running game, Mahomes and the passing offense will find success even easier.