Chiefs’ defense on pace to allow most yards in NFL history

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If a football team is made up of offense, defense and special teams, the Chiefs are two-thirds of the way to being a great team. Unfortunately, that remaining one-third may hold them back from where they want to go.

The 5-1 Chiefs, who suffered their first loss on Sunday night when they fell 43-40 to the Patriots, are outstanding on both offense and special teams. But as the Patriots proved, the Chiefs’ defense is a mess.

In fact, the Chiefs are allowing yardage at a record pace. Kansas City is giving up an average of 468.2 yards per game this season. That’s not just the worst in the NFL this year, it’s on pace to be the worst in NFL history: If Kansas City continues this pace for 16 games, it will give up 7,491 yards this season. The most yards allowed in NFL history was 7,042, set by the Saints in 2012.

The Chiefs have managed to win plenty this season despite that defense, but it’s hard to picture a Super Bowl winner having a defense that porous. Kansas City needs to get that fixed, or else they become likely to lose another game by a score like 43-40 in the playoffs.

71 responses to “Chiefs’ defense on pace to allow most yards in NFL history

  1. It’s apparent that Bob Sutton emphasizes that his cornerbacks must attempt to grab and hold on to receivers after 5 yards off the LOS. Never look back for a possible incoming pass and if you get burned, to just trail behind your man and kill worms with your flat footed running.

    That’s just the pass defenders. The linebackers must get washed out in all blocks, always take the wrong angles and when it is known that you might get an attempt to make a tackle, to not wrap up or try for the big ESPN highlight reel shoulder hit instead of an actual shoulder to torso tackle.

    It’s sickening to watch this excellent offense wasted on another horrid defense as we in KC witnessed in the Vermeil years.

  2. Over half the Chiefs starting D is currently sidelined. Still, next man up.

    Chiefs dedicated their full draft to shoring up their poor Run D. Now they’re worse.

    When did decent tackling become a skill of only the most gifted athlete?

    If they can get and stay healthy on that side of the ball, and improve even a little, the SB is their’s for the taking.

  3. This year’s Chiefs team is reminding me of the Air Coryell Chargers of the early ’80s who were potent on offense but a sieve on defense. History shows that a true Super Bowl contender needs at least a mid-level D. We’ll see what happens in the playoffs.

    BTW, as much as I hate to admit it, it looks like I was wrong when I thought that Mahomes was being over-hyped in the preseason. At this stage he looks like a top-flight QB although it’ll be interesting to see if stays at elite status in the next few years when other teams will have some sort of book on him.

  4. They’ve also played a bunch of teams that have great offenses but little D – Chargers, Pitt, NE and 9ers (with JimmyG). They’ve also played Denver who are 28th ranked D. All that is bound to make Chiefs look even better on offense and even worse on defense.

  5. Yards allowed is the most useless stat to measure a defense. It’s mot 1941 anymore.

    You make all your money with turn overs and red zone D. That’s the game.

  6. Seems like that extra time patriots received for playing a slack team on a Thursday paid off. Not to mention the Chiefs played a contender the Sunday before, the patriots were playing at home, and they had zero penalties. Weird right? This is how the patriots schedule is set up for success every year.

  7. “but it’s hard to picture a Super Bowl winner having a defense that porous.” LOL, really? Do you recall how many yards the Eagles gave up in their Super Bowl victory? You don’t need defense if you can outscore your opponent!

  8. Watching that game, I knew the Chiefs had just lost the game while tying it when Hill blew by the defense. They gave Brady plenty of time to have the last shot for a win. They needed to play for OT based on their defense not being able to stop the Patriots. Then they’d hope for the coin flip or the Patriots only getting a FG.

  9. chiefsred says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:13 am
    Over half the Chiefs starting D is currently sidelined. Still, next man up.

    Chiefs dedicated their full draft to shoring up their poor Run D. Now they’re worse.

    When did decent tackling become a skill of only the most gifted athlete?

    If they can get and stay healthy on that side of the ball, and improve even a little, the SB is their’s for the taking.

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    Wouldn’t have mattered. Berry is a shell of his former self as is Houston.

    Your D did A LOT of holding and got away with it most of the night, which is why it appeared they did a good job at times and Brady couldn’t find anyone.

    If the Pats D was allowed to do with via Goodell, they’d be pitching shutouts every week.

    Believe it or not, some of us go to the games or have family at the games that can confirm these things off camera.

    Last year, KC mauled Gronk all game long and it continued throughout the season as a way to defend Gronk.

    They only call the real egregious ones, so teams live it.

    It’s authorized cheating by Goodell that’s why it appears no one is open at times, when it’s impossoible to cover all those amazzng weapons.

  10. “Chiefs’ defense on pace to allow most yards in NFL history”
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    I wouldn’t worry about that. They are not playing against the Patriots for the rest of their season.

  11. Don’t forget to mention the Patriot’s pathetic defense, the only reason they won the game is because they had the ball last. Wow that was some bad defenses last night.

  12. r8rsfan says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:14 am
    But Mahomes is Favre, Brady, Unitas, Manning and Montana all rolled into one. Who needs defense?
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    1-5 must taste bitter. Especially knowing that you are only a bad spot by the officials from being 0-6.

  13. The Pats’ defense needs a ton of work too. They are still adjusting from Matt Patricia’s leaving who was there for most of his career. They don’t have an official defense coordinator. But both teams have good offense. The Pats are slow and steady. The Chiefs are young and energetic. Both great contenders.

  14. Isn’t that natural for a high powered/quick strike offense to give up a lot of yards on defense. That’s just natural. Teams are going to do their best to keep up so they will use their most (or one of their most) aggressive offensive game plans of the season. So they probably should gain more yards vs KC than they would against say the Giants. I mean you don’t have to score 40+ to beat the Giants. So your game plan vs the Giants would be less aggressive.

  15. When they get Houston and Berry back, things will change. Hopefully when my patriots get Duke Dawson back, he can breath some life into our secondary. Also, sorry KC fans, as Bostonian, we have some real winners. Tyreek Didn’t deserve the beer wash. Absolutely classless. My fellow Bruins fans poured beer on OUR TEAM after the 2010 choking to Philly.

  16. The defense does have its problems. But a big reason why they’re on a record pace is because their offense is so prolific. Opponents are forced to take more chances on offense than they normally would just to keep pace with the points the Chiefs are putting up. And in today’s NFL, where rules favor the offense, taking chances on offense often pays off. It’s almost like the Chiefs need to take chances on defense, more blitzes and exotic packages. If it doesn’t pay off and the other team scores quickly, so what. The Chiefs offense can make up for it easily enough. And the NFL will love the 70-something to 60-something scores.

  17. The Chiefs are 5-1 but have only played two home games. The Broncos are 2-4 but have only played two road games.

    The Chiefs have a very favorable schedule going forward. The will be fine.

  18. The defense isn’t the best but part of the reason they allow so many yards is because the opposing teams are getting so many possessions with as many points, and how quickly that offense is scoring so it kinda skews the numbers, all they need to do is force a couple punts a game and the offense can take care of the rest.

  19. .
    The Chiefs should have paid Seattle’s asking price for Earl Thomas before he went down with an injury. The price couldn’t have been too high as Thomas was due to hit free agency after the season..
    .

  20. The bad news is the Chiefs D is weak, statistically horrid and will only be modestly improved when their injured guys return. The good news that’s being largely ignored in all the dissections of it is all the chances their opponents have to take just to keep up with them. In today’s NFL teams that score a lot of points also tend to be teams that end up giving up a lot of yards simply because they force their opponents to put the pedal to the metal and throw caution to the winds in an effort to keep up. That results in a D that trades space for time and plays off to keep everything in front of them. New England has been playing that way for years. There are worse problems for a franchise to have, lol.

  21. to be fair I kinda think every team is doing this, it’s the new NFL. anyone see Chicago and Jags D this past week?

  22. Now…Just what do you expect with today’s new rules ! The Bears gave up 550 yards to a second string QB with three star players out.Brady runs free because the opponent is afraid to get a flag for tackling him. The NFL has made it impossible for defensive players to do their jobs and the Defensive stats; against, are now going off the board.This game is next to impossible to watch and the league will not be happy until everybody is playing flag football! fOOTBALL WITHOUT defense IS not FUN TO WATCH ! This is not your old school football and I will not support same ! DB

  23. deuce22222 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:10 am
    What did you expect? They aren’t allowed to tackle.

    It isn’t that they aren’t allowed, it is that they’re unable. ~sigh~ I am a Chiefs fan and I approve this message

  24. I had to look up to see who was the worst, and was surprised to see those Denny Green Vikings Y2K era teams weren’t on the list. Those defenses in 99, 2000, 2001 were awful.

  25. dvdman123 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Don’t forget to mention the Patriot’s pathetic defense, the only reason they won the game is because they had the ball last. Wow that was some bad defenses last night.

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    Laughable. Minus 2 coverage breakdowns that were bad and confusing to me, the D was superb.

    3 FGs in the first half and two INTs in the red zone?

    Superb.

    You can’ty fault them for 14 points right off the top with the kick off return to the 2 and that really bad Brady fumble.

    I’ll take 26 points allowed all day long against that offense.

    I said before the game 27 or under would be the goal.

    Kecle did jack squat and HIll was shut out minus that big play. Hunt is hunt, and got most of his stuff on passing plays.

    Have a nice day!

  26. In 2013 the Denver Bronco offense broke numerous long held records. Peyton Manning threw for 55 touchdowns,the offense scored 76 touchdowns, four different receivers had 10 or more touchdowns,with the Broncos scoring 606 points. This dominating and prolific offense looked unstoppable.
    Then they met the Seattle Defense in the Super Bowl and were destroyed.
    Defense is what wins Superbowl’s.

  27. deanmarkley says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:27 am
    “but it’s hard to picture a Super Bowl winner having a defense that porous.” LOL, really? Do you recall how many yards the Eagles gave up in their Super Bowl victory? You don’t need defense if you can outscore your opponent!
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    The Super Bowl became a shootout for sure, but throughout the season (and postseason) the Eagles defense was a huge reason why they made it to the Big Game. Red Zone stops vs the Falcons in the divisional round, putting the clamps down completely vs the Vikings in the NFCCG. These are all examples of the above-average defense the Super Bowl champions had, even if the SB game itself turned into a shootout. I think that was more the point they were trying to make.

  28. patriotmaleorgy says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:20 am
    Seems like that extra time patriots received for playing a slack team on a Thursday paid off. Not to mention the Chiefs played a contender the Sunday before, the patriots were playing at home, and they had zero penalties. Weird right? This is how the patriots schedule is set up for success every year.

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    Pats did have a couple of penalties.
    One was declined by Andy Reid and the other was offset by a Chief’s penalty.

    Pats are leading the league in fewest penalties/penalty yards. So last night was not an outlier.

  29. 83 points between the 2 teams. And that’s AFTER the refs gifted the Pats with ZERO flags. Football as we have grown to know it, and as it was intended originally, is dead.

    Just put flags on them and let them score a hundred…

  30. I don’t know what some of you were watching, but the Patriots D played pretty well all game. KC scored on a short field after a Brady fumble, a super short field after a 97 yard kick return, a possibly intentional squib kick that gave them great field position, and a blown coverage. That D held up pretty well all game. I’m going to say Patriots special teams were the issue, not the defense.

  31. The Pats were holding all night last night – they just weren’t called – and I suspect that is happening all year too so last night’s lack of penalties is not an outlier.

    Noting Iceman and then going with the truth.

  32. There was one punt all night. Neither team stopped each other. It was an even game. Both teams will have a tough time getting to the big game defense like that.

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I’ll take 26 points allowed all day long against that offense.

    I said before the game 27 or under would be the goal.
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    My TV must be broken, it said 43-40

  34. I like Andy Reid, but the article forget’s the 4th phase of the game…coaching. He has a history of coming up short.

  35. deanmarkley says:October 15, 2018 at 11:27 am
    ““but it’s hard to picture a Super Bowl winner having a defense that porous.” LOL, really? Do you recall how many yards the Eagles gave up in their Super Bowl victory? You don’t need defense if you can outscore your opponent!”

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    Err…. except the Patriots’ defense was even worse!

  36. r8rsfan says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:14 am

    But Mahomes is Favre, Brady, Unitas, Manning and Montana all rolled into one. Who needs defense?
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    The raiders. They need an offense too.

  37. Last time I checked, yards given up did not decide a football game.

    Points allowed is a much more important stat.

    The Chiefs are far from last in points allowed, which is how they have a 5 – 1 record.

  38. davedsone says:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t know what some of you were watching, but the Patriots D played pretty well all game. KC scored on a short field after a Brady fumble, a super short field after a 97 yard kick return, a possibly intentional squib kick that gave them great field position, and a blown coverage. That D held up pretty well all game. I’m going to say Patriots special teams were the issue, not the defense.
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    I guess by that measure the Chiefs defense played pretty well all game as well.

  39. The good news is, the Chiefs’ offense is locked and loaded for the next few years as far as talent. Most importantly at QB. So they can go all-in on defense the next couple of drafts.

    The bad news is, they won’t be drafting very high.

  40. rho1953 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    This is what the NFL wants. It is morphing into NBA basketball.

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    You are correct. Way back when I never would have thought high scoring games could be tedious. But some of them are.

  41. They score a lot of points, which means their opponents will be throwing more. The rules make it easier to complete passes and keep drives alive than ever before

    They haven’t been a good, or even average, defense. But if you look at per play basis, they aren’t even the worst defense in the NFL this year, much less all time

    It’s like saying Matthew Stafford is one of the best QBs of all time because he gets lots of yards, despite needing tons of attempts to get those yards

  42. Trade for a couple defensive veteran starters. When the playoffs roll around, they’ll be up to speed & hopefully Berry will be back. Should be a good enough bandaid to help win it all.

  43. The amazing thing about that stat is it wasn’t from either season from the Browns 1-31 seasons.

  44. The Patriots D was respectable in the first half. Second half, they were worse than the Chiefs. That last drive they could have not fielded anybody and the result would have been the same.

    I don’t remember a one play scoring drive since the Tebow playoff game.

  45. KC scored on a short field after a Brady fumble, a super short field after a 97 yard kick return, a possibly intentional squib kick that gave them great field position, and a blown coverage

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    I was switching back and forth between Chiefs-Pats and Astros-Red Sox.

    I swear the Pats scored and while waiting for the kickoof, I switched for one batter, and came back to see the Chiefs with a 1st and goal.

    And that squib kick….I switched back just in time to see that. Michaels and Collinsworth didn’t say anything about it….I was like, what did I just miss?

  46. deanmarkley says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:27 am
    “but it’s hard to picture a Super Bowl winner having a defense that porous.” LOL, really? Do you recall how many yards the Eagles gave up in their Super Bowl victory? You don’t need defense if you can outscore your opponent!

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    The Eagles defense made a play at the end of the game. It’s what made the difference.

  47. Andy Reid has a different take

    Q: What did Breeland [Speaks] say about the sack that looked like he almost had Tom Brady down right there at the end and then he didn’t?

    AR: He got out of it. I don’t think Breeland is going to miss many of those. Tom is a big strong guy and he got himself out of it and made a play.

  48. TheWizard says:
    October 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    The Patriots D was respectable in the first half. Second half, they were worse than the Chiefs.

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    when the Chiefs got to the red zone, yes. but one (and only one) punt in the game, with 5:25 remaining in the 3rd, is not indicative of great defense.

  49. “History shows that a true Super Bowl contender needs at least a mid-level D”

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    Even more than that. Superbowl winners from the last ten or fifteen years have always had a Top Five defense, if my memory serves. Not every Superbowl participant has had a Top Five D, but they’ve pretty much all at least been in the Top Ten.

  50. At least what few viewers that BSPN has watching won’t be subjected to Jaworski and his “Chiefs Blueprint for Winning the Super Bowl” week in and week out like the early 2000’s.

  51. Sandlot football has to also play defense or it won’t last!

    Oh yea! Stop complaining about the lack of calls against the Pats! Your team must not be as well coached!

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