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Season Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City are the current champions of football. 2019 was a great year to be a Chiefs fan and the future looks bright with Patrick Mahomes running the offense. It is not a question of if the Chiefs can do it again, its a question of how many Super Bowl titles then can win over the next decade.

2019 Season Recap:

The Chiefs finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, the AFC 's second seed behind the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs were consistent throughout the season and were always looking like a sure thing to reach the off-season. Two of the big wins during the season that made people sit up and take notice came in week 3, as they comfortably beat the Ravens. Mahomes throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns against the best defence in the league. Then fast forward to week 14, going up to New England and coming away with a 23-16 win. The Patriots were tied for best record in the AFC at the time and although it was quite the same as beating them in the playoffs, it proved a crucial blow to the Pats season.

They went on to finish the season by winning a couple of games and lifting some trophy, oh thats right the Chiefs went and won the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969 with a 31-20 win over the 49ers. It was a great season for the Chiefs after many years of pain and the success should continue over the next few seasons.

Looking ahead:

Andy Reid becoming a GOAT coach:

Before 2019, Andy Reid was a good, experienced coach but now he's pushing to be an all time great coach, now that he has a Super Bowl ring to his name. He is now a shoe in for the Hall of Fame and although it is unlikely he'll match Belichick's six rings, he and the Chiefs are poised for huge success over the next decade and more.

Reid was not some miserable, average coach before but now that he has a ring and a platform to succeed with Mahomes at quarterback, he has a great opportunity to add to his legacy and end his career in the conversation as one of the best.

Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl:

Young quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl before but Patrick Mahomes led his team there and in the process became arguably the most feared quarterback in the league. Mahomes was the driving force behind the Chiefs' run to a title. He's the youngest player (24 years, 138 days) to win MVP and a Super Bowl. If Mahomes wins the Super Bowl this season, he would be the first QB to go back to back since Brady (2003-2004). This could be the start of something really special.

Mahomes currently has a passer rating of 108.9. He needs 401 more attempts to qualify as the career leader, but he holds a 6.5-point advantage over the current career leader, Aaron Rodgers. He's also on pace to become the career leader in passing yards per game (303.6). On July 6, Mahomes signed the biggest contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal worth $503 million, which extends through the 2031 season.

The Chiefs become the next NFL dynasty:

Maybe getting a bit ahead of myself with this one but would you back against it happening. Mahomes is an absolute beast and every team is terrified of him. He has everything you could want in a franchise leader and is locked in for the next 10 years. Kansas City would be the first back-to-back champion since the New England Patriots won in '03 and '04. The current streak of seasons without a back-to-back champion (15) is the longest in NFL history. Of course that is what the NFL wants and i guess most fans becomes domination is what made everyone hate the Patriots.

The Chiefs are going to be a lot of fun to watch over the next few years and while it takes a very specific kind of mentality to win consistently year after year, one would be a bit crazy to bet against the Chiefs becoming the new Patriots.

What the Chiefs must do to have a successful 2020 season:

  • Win the Super Bowl again- Once you win a ring, you are expected to keep on doing it and Mahomes will be judged to the same high standards the likes of Brady and Rodgers have faced over the past 15 years. It is a lot to ask of any team but they have the team to do it and anything less will be a disappointment.