2021 Season Preview: The Chiefs spent the off-season picking up talent on their offensive line, which is bad news for every other team in the league. Patrick Mahomes should do less scrambling, while KC’s running backs will see more holes when Mahomes hands them the football. The defense does not look great on paper, but it makes big plays in key moments—and that should be enough to punch the Chiefs’ ticket for another shot at the Super Bowl.
2020 Season Roundup: From the first game to the last, the Chiefs were picked by the experts to win it all. They made it to the Super Bowl, but made too many mistakes and had too many penalties to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes had another sensation season, with 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. Tight end Travis Kelce caught 105 passes and was named a first-team All-Pro, as was Tyreek Hill, who caught 87 passes. The defense—led by Chris Jones, Frank Clark, and Tyrann Mathieu—was tough and physical.
2020 Season Preview: If the Chiefs don’t win more games than any team in the AFC, then something will have gone terribly wrong. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes should only get better and he has a new weapon behind him in rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. There was room for improvement on defense last year, so this year the Chiefs went out and got Chris Jones, a human stop sign for runners who dare to go up the middle. The pass defense might be the only thing that prevents KC from a return trip to the Super Bowl.
2019 Season Roundup: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was unstoppable on the way to the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. After starting the season 6–4, Kansas City did not lose again. In the playoffs, the Chiefs beat the Texans 51–29 and the Titans 35–24. Then they defeated the 49ers in the Super Bowl 31–20. They trailed in all three games, but Mahomes and his teammates showed amazing patience and poise in their comebacks. He had a pair of terrific receivers in Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce, while the KC defense made big plays when it mattered most.
October 3, 2019: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named AFC Player of the Month for September. In four wins, he threw for more than 1,500 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
2019 Season Preview: The Chiefs looked like a sure thing to reach the Super Bowl last season, and have to be ranked among the favorites in 2019. Patrick Mahomes is an elite passer with a pair of dangerous playmakers, Travis Kelsey and Tyreek Hill, plus rookie Mecole Hardman, the fastest player on the team. The Kansas City defense needs to get better against the pass, and perhaps it will thanks to newcomers Eric Berry and Justin Houston.
2018 Season Roundup: The Chiefs were the best team in football until they lost in overtime of the AFC Championship Game. In his first year as a starter, Patrick Mahomes had a record-smashing season with 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns. Receivers Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill had All-Pro seasons, with 190 catches and 22 touchdowns. Kansas City’s defense gave up a lot of points, but it didn’t catch up with them until their playoff loss to the Patriots.
September 16, 2018: Patrick Mahomes was named AFC Player of the Week for the second week in a row. His 10 touchdown passes set a record for the most in the first two games of a season. In Kansas City’s 42–37 victory over the Steelers, he also became the youngest quarterback to throw six scoring passes in a game.
2018 Season Preview: Young quarterback Patrick Mahomes will create a lot of excitement in Kansas City in 2018. Will that turn into a lot of wins? The Chiefs won 10 times last year and it will take a huge year from the offense to match that total in 2018. Mahomes will be working with two great receivers, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, and do-it-all running back Kareem Hunt. Justin Houston leads a defense that has room for improvement.
2017 Season Roundup: The Chiefs started and finished the year strong to make the playoffs, but lost six of seven games in the middle of the season. Those weaknesses came back to haunt them against the Titans in their Wild Card meeting, as the team blew a 21–3 halftime lead to lose 22–21. Kansas City fans still had plenty to cheer about, with QB Alex Smith, running back Kareem Hunt, and receivers Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill enjoying spectacular seasons.
September 7, 2017: Rookie Kareem Hunt gained 246 total yards on Opening Day against the Patriots. It was the most yards for a player in his first NFL game.
2017 Season Preview: The Chiefs have an excellent all-around team, but with four games against the Broncos and Raiders, there are no guarantees they will make the playoffs again. Quarterback Alex Smith got off to a quick start and had a nice year. If he can’t repeat that performance, rookie Patrick Mahomes is waiting on the sidelines. They have quality receivers in Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill. Linebacker Justin Houston, recovered from a knee injury, will anchor the defense.
2016 Season Roundup: The Chiefs won the AFC West with a 12–4 record. After starting the year 2–2 they lost just twice the rest of the way. Alex Smith had a solid season at quarterback and Travis Kelce had one of the best seasons ever by a tight end. The defense was led by Eric Berry and Marcus Peters, and Tyreek Hill starred on special teams. Kansas City fans thought this might be the year the Chiefs reached the Super Bowl, but they lost a close playoff game to the Steelers, 18–16.
2016 Season Preview: The Chiefs could not start any slower than they did in 2015. That’s good news for Kansas City fans, who hope quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles can lead the team to the playoffs. The defense is loaded with talent, and is led by Eric Berry, whose return from cancer last season was one of the NFL’s best stories.
January 3, 2016: The Chiefs became the first team ever to follow a 5-game losing streak with a 10-game winning streak.
2015 Season Preview: With Jamaal Charles running the football and the defense keeping opponents out of the end zone, the Chiefs may have enough to edge the Broncos for the AFC West title. QB Alex Smith has a new target in sure-handed Jeremy Maclin.
September 2, 2014: After a great 2013 season, the Chiefs will be happy to simply repeat their record in 2014. That will be challenging, as several key offensive linemen signed free agent deals with other teams. The defense—which was amazing for half the season, must play an entire year at that level. Running back Jamaal Charles will be Kansas City’s go-to guy again in 2014, and could walk away with a Player of the Year award when it’s all said and done.
December 15, 2013: Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. He became the first running back with four TD catches in one game, and the only player ever to catch four scoring passes and run for a touchdown in the same game.
September 23, 2013: Linebacker Justin Houston was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in the season’s first three games. In those two games he had 7.5 sacks.
September 8, 2013: The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 28–2. It marked the first time in league history that a game had finished with that score.
September 4, 2013: The Chiefs could be the most improved team in the AFC, thanks to new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe give Smith some good tools to work with. The team’s defense is led by a talented group of linebackers. Will that be enough to make up for a so-so defensive line? If all the pieces fall into place, Kansas City could surprise everyone and snag a Wild Card spot.
February 2, 2013: Nothing went right for the Chiefs in 2012. The team finished 2–12 and few of those losses were even close. Bad luck haunted the team on and off the field, and the fans ran out of patience. With the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Chiefs hope to win back the trust of their fans—who are some of the best in pro football.
Summer, 2012: Kansas City fans are excited about Jamaal Charles’ new running partner, Peyton Hillis. They give the Chiefs an awesome one-two punch. This should help Matt Cassel return from an injury in 2011 to have a good 2012 season.