Kansas City Chiefs Scoring By Field Position

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks downfield against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There are many factors that go into why teams score points in the NFL.  One of those factors is the staring field position on each drive.  The further away a team is from the end zone the less likely they are to keep a drive going long enough to score.

Some football teams have a more explosive offense that can get yards in chunks.  Because these teams do not have to sustain long drives they end up increasing their chances of scoring when starting with poor field position.

During the year I will periodically post the Kansas City Chiefs scoring percentages by tracking how often the Chiefs score on each possession.



Kansas City Chiefs  - Field Position Scoring




NFL Average
81-99 yards to go
61-80 yards to go
41-60 yards to go
21-40 yards to go
Red Zone
Score TD
15% 20% 28% 40%
Score FG
9% 15%
23% 38%


  • The NFL averages are only approximates since I have grouped the starting field position into zones.


Chiefs Scoring By Field Position Chart


Scoring by Field Position Comments:

  • Against the Chargers the Chiefs started their drive inside their own 40 yard line 9 out of 11 times.  The one time they started a drive inside the red zone (zone 1) they scored.
  • The one time they scored from zone 4 was the time that Charles broke the 56 yard run.  Teams that have more explosive offenses tend to score touchdowns at a slightly higher rate than other teams that have to drive the ball all the way down the field every time.  That is one reason Charles is so valuable.
  • One thing to consider when watching the game is that when the Chiefs get the ball inside their own 20 yard line the chances of them scoring, or any team for that matter, is low.  That is why being conservative and not turning it over might be more important to coaches until they get closer to mid field. 
  • If your chances of scoring are low then playing the field position game becomes important.
  • Coaches know that the chances of scoring increase as they start their drives closer to the opponents end zone.  With that in mind, notice when teams are in zones 3 and 4 and how they air it out a little more.  Without the fear of turning it over in zone 5 and a little more freedom and space the coaches try a little more often to get the yardage in chunks.




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