Evolution of a Team: 9 Year Statistical Overview of the Chiefs

For those of you who were around during the season, you know Tuesday was stat day. In the interest of continuity (thanks, Herm) we wanted to continue stat day throughout the offseason.

Now, since we won't have weekly games to focus on, the stats can (and will) come with a variety of twists. If any of you have any stat ideas, or are interested in doing a post on your own, you know how to get in touch with us (email at the bottom of the page).

I don't have much in the way of "analysis" with this post - just some food for thought.

This is how the Chiefs have ranked in comparison to the rest of the NFL in multiple statistical categories on offense and defense. I went back to 2000, the last year of the Gunther Cunningham era and included the entire tenures of Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards.

OFFENSE

Year Yds Rush Pass Int Sack 1st 3rd % RZ TOP Pts
2000 8 25 5 7 8 6 21 12 27 9
2001 5 6 5 30 16 4 17 19 24 16
2002 4 3 11 11 9 6 12 1 21 1
2003 2 15 2 4 4 1 7 1 21 1
2004 1 5 4 14 7 1 3 2 3 2
2005 1 4 6 3 13 3 4 14 3 6
2006 16 9 22 9 25 11 10 3 14 15
2007 31 32 20 21 29 28 28 22 16 31
2008 24 16 20 21 19 24 21 10 29 26

Yds = Yards per game; Rush = Rush yards per game; Pass = Pass yards per game; Int = Interception rate; Sack = Sacks per pass attempt; 1st = 1st downs per game; 3rd % = 3rd down percentage; RZ = Red zone percentage; TOP = Time of possession; Pts = Total points

DEFENSE

Year Yds Rush Pass Int Sack 1st 3rd % RZ Pts Pts Diff Yds Diff
2000 18 19 20 22 5 26 24 27 19 17 14
2001 23 27 14 24 23 19 22 13 23 17 6
2002 32 24 31 18 25 32 24 15 28 7 19
2003 29 30 20 6 22 27 12 17 19 1 16
2004 31 12 32 25 10 28 20 27 29 10 5
2005 25 7 30 19 29 14 15 8 16 9 1
2006 16 18 18 21 22 16 18 23 11 13 17
2007 13 28 5 19 3 5 1 2 14 26 24
2008 31 30 28 20 32 31 31 19 29 29 27

Yds = Yards per game; Rush = Rush yards per game; Pass = Pass yards per game; Int = Interception rate; Sack = Sacks per pass attempt; 1st = 1st downs per game; 3rd % = 3rd down percentage; RZ = Red zone percentage; Pts = Total points allowed; Pts Diff = Point differential; Yds Diff = Yards differential

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