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The Speed Option: Kansas City Chiefs, round two

Much more is on the line this time

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills punched their ticket to the AFC Championship game on Saturday and on Sunday they found out they would be getting a second chance to beat the Kansas City Chiefs — this time for the right to play in Super Bowl LV.

2020 Summary

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the regular season with a 14-2 record. Their only true loss came in their first game against the Las Vegas Raiders. They wrapped up the number 1 seed, home field advantage, and a bye week in a narrow Week 16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. This led them to rest many of their starters in Week 17 which led to a defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers.

After their Super Wild Card weekend bye, the Chiefs hosted the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round. They were able to defeat the Browns despite Patrick Mahomes leaving the game in the third quarter with a head/neck injury.

Head Coach

Andy Reid is in his 22nd season as an NFL head coach and just put together his best regular season of his career. The Chiefs 14-2 regular season record moved his overall career record to 221-130-1, which is good for a 0.629 winning percentage. In the postseason he is 16-14 (0.533 W-L%).

Offensive Coordinator

Eric Bieniemy took over the offensive coordinator role in KC in 2018 and has put together one of the league’s best offenses in each of his three seasons in the position. Bieniemy’s offense finished the regular season first in the NFL in yards per game and 6th in points per game.

Defensive Coordinator

Opposite Bieniemy is Steve Spagnulo, who heads up the defense for Andy Reid. He has held that title for the past two seasons. Spagnulo replaced Bob Sutton, who was fired after the Chiefs lost in the AFC Championship. Spags’ defense ranked 16th in yards per game and 10th in points per game in the regular season.

Offensive Starters

  • QB: Patrick Mahomes
  • RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire *
  • FB: Anthony Sherman
  • WR: Tyreek Hill
  • WR: Sammy Watkins
  • TE: Travis Kelce
  • LT: Eric Fisher
  • LG: Nick Allegretti
  • C: Austin Reiter
  • RG: Andrew Wylie
  • RT: Mike Remmers ^

^ = free agent / trade addition
* = rookie

Defensive Starters

  • LDE: Tanoh Kpassagnon
  • LDT: Chris Jones
  • RDT: Derrick Nnadi
  • RDE: Frank Clark
  • LB: Anthony Hitchens
  • LB: Damien Wilson
  • LCB: Charvarius Ward
  • RCB: Bashaud Breeland
  • CB: Rashad Fenton
  • FS: Daniel Sorensen
  • SS: Tyrann Mathieu

^ = free agent / trade addition
* = rookie