Watching the Monday Night Football game in Mexico City last night, one thing that dawned on me – Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs offense doesn’t seem to be the well-oiled machine, with all the bells and whistles, that it was last year.
Granted, some key offensive players got injured during the game. However, this is more of an observation for the whole season thus far than one single game. The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs scored 565 points last year for an average of 35.3 points per game. So far through 11 games, the Kansas City Chiefs have scored 308 points for an average of 28 points per game.
Ok, Reid was without his leader on offense and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes for nearly 3 games. Even if you take out those three games that Mahomes didn’t play a full game, the Chiefs offense scored 228 points in those eight games for a 28.5 points per game average.
So essentially, the Chiefs averaged nearly the same points per game (a half of a point difference) with backup QB Matt Moore as they have with the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes leading the offense. If you read one of my previous blogs, the vast majority of Mahomes statistics are better this year than last season. Except that his passing touchdowns are way down.
Last season, when the Chiefs were on national TV in a prime time game, you could always bet that Reid would dial up one trick play that worked for a huge gain or resuted in touchdown. That one Trick Play that made you glad that you tuned in.
So far in 2019, Andy Reid’s offensive brilliance in play-calling doesn’t seem to be on the same level as last season. The proof is in the statistics. The Kansas City Chiefs are 5th in the NFL in points per game average and 3rd in yards per game average thus far in 2019. Last year the Chiefs were the league leaders in both categories.