Okay, I want to get this out in the open. Yes, the Chiefs have a STELLAR defense, that is allowing the least amount of points in the NFL. That is no contest, they are probably the best defense in the AFC, only behind Seattle overall in the NFL. With that being said, I want to talk about how the offense really is and what it's projected out being. Let's dive right into it, shall we?
Okay, first things first. The Chiefs rank 17th in yards per game, 347.3 ypg. That's right around the middle of the pack. Which is ahead of such prolific organizations like the Cowboys, 49ers, and even the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens. I will admit that the passing game is where the Chiefs lack, in term of yards, ranking only 24th with 226.5 per game. Still, Alex Smith is on pace to throw 3828 yards, which would be a personal record high for him.
The team is a near top 10 rushing team, averaging 120.8 ypg, which is 13th. That isn't as much we would like, as this team was once the #1 team rushing the league but I think when you combine what the team does in the West Coast Offense throwing the ball with the rushing attack, I believe the Chiefs can move the ball rather well down field. Jamaal Charles is on pace for 1156 rushing yards, but also on pace for 852 receiving yards, putting him over 2000 all purpose yards for this season. That's pretty darn good. As much as we would like him to rush for 1800 and win the rushing title, I'll take 2000 yards from scrimmage just fine, even if it's a combo of air and rush.
The next stat is probably the most important, as yards per game is vital but you win by scoring in the NFL, not just yardage. The Chiefs rank 11th in points per game at 25.5. They are barely out of the top 10 and with some improvements, they can get in there. If the defense takes the ball away more, then the Chiefs will have extra possessions that will get them more points. Along with PPG, the next big stat the Chiefs offense has going for it is time of possession. The Chiefs rank 3rd in the NFL, behind only the Saints and the Texans, of time of possession. That means the Chiefs offense has the ball on average 55.8% more of the time than the opposing offense, giving the team the time to hold a lead. And it's been evident the last three victories with the long 4th quarter drives they have sustained. I believe that you are a good offense if you score points and control the clock in your favor and that's exactly what the Chiefs do well. Also, the Chiefs score 61% of the time in the red zone, That's for touchdowns only, which is ranked 12th in the NFL.
Now, yes the Chiefs offense is not the Denver Broncos. I just don't see Alex Smith ever throwing for 400+ yards and 4 touchdowns in a game. They do still need to improve on a lot of things. Like I said before, we want to see a better running game, better numbers with the receivers, as we have seen too many dropped balls. They need to learn how to play 4 quarters of solid offensive football and score touchdowns, more touchdowns than field goals, as it's the only way to stay with the Broncos. I will make this very final point. The Chiefs defense is so good that the offense only needs to be good for this team to get into the playoffs and win playoff games. As much as the league is all about scoring points, I still believe defense is the backbone of every successful team, and it wins championships. If this offense can just get a little better and more consistent, along with not turning the ball over, then we are in for a great ride this season and beyond. Go Chiefs!