The crisis facing the Kansas City Chiefs

The crisis facing the Kansas City Chiefs

Between a permissive defense and an offense that keeps delivering the ball, the Chiefs find themselves in the basement of the AFC West and far from their best form.

KANSAS CITY – The simplest statistics give away that the Kansas city chiefs have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Naked eye? Little or nothing changes.

This was especially palpable in the 38-20 defeat against the Buffalo bills on Sunday, when Chiefs allowed more than 315 passing yards and a total of four touchdowns against Josh allen, by succumbing in the revenge of the final for the title of the American Conference last season.

The defensive debacle is exacerbated by the Achilles heel of his offense: turnovers. The Chiefs gave the ball four times to the Bills: Patrick Mahomes he was intercepted twice, once for a touchdown, and they dropped the ball a couple of times. His questioned defense was unable to generate a single turnover.

The deployment left the Chiefs with a -7 in turnovers, just above the Jacksonville Jaguars across the league. And so it is understood that Chiefs have a 2-3 sheet, sunk to the bottom of the West of the AFC.

“It all starts with me. Three were my fault, “he said. Mahomes. “It is something that usually I have not done in my career, but I have to re-evaluate my current level, the decisions that I make. We hurt ourselves ”.

And the truth is that it is. Mahomes He has already accumulated six intercepted passes this season, the same number last year and one more than the campaign in which they were crowned champions of the Super bowl in 2019. His interception rate has dropped from 1 percent – the lowest in the league last season – to 3.1 percent. He’s already been in two games with two interceptions in one game.

Turnovers are something that impacts a lot in this league. Losses usually decide the games, “he said. Mahomes.

But the quarterback is not alone. The fumble lost by Clyde Edwards-Helaire before the Baltimore Ravens it cost the Chiefs (2-3) the chance to kick a field goal for the win. AND Byron pringle has fumbled on punt returns in the last two games.

“They have to stop doing that so we can be competitive. And that is my responsibility ”, said the coach of the Chiefs, Andy Reid. “I have to make sure that the team executes the plays clearly. Right now, we are not being wordy. “

This includes defense. The Chiefs they’ve just intercepted three passes and forced a fumble this season. They caused 22 losses last season and 23 in the year of their championship, but at the rate they are going they will barely reach 14.

“We have to find a way to stop the bleeding,” said the safety. Tyrann mathieu. “If we look back, we have not recovered a ball in the last three weeks. That is also a fundamental part of the game, giving the ball back to your offense ”.

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