The Kansas City defense
12th Man Rising: The Kansas City defense still seems to have some issues. Is the unit good enough to get the Chiefs to the Super Bowl and how do they fix any concerns?
Connor: No, they are not a Super Bowl caliber defense. It’s questionable whether they’ll even be able to win in the postseason. The Chiefs are setting new NFL records for worst ways to lose, and that’s a bad sign in the end—showing that against the best teams around, the offense is not enough because the defense is just as porous as Mahomes is dangerous. The Chiefs have one thing going for them: the return of Eric Berry. Depending on how much he has in the tank and how well he can elevate the caliber of play in his teammates on the field, the Chiefs might have a fighting chance at some real winter magic.
Biggest surprises about Kansas City this year
12th Man Rising: What is the biggest surprise of the 2018 Chiefs to you so far? And, if there is one, the biggest disappointment?
Connor: Mahomes is by far the biggest surprise on the positive end. On the negative side, the overall defense is the biggest disappointment and it’s also a big surprise. The Chiefs completely renovated that side of the ball this last offseason and yet the same struggles that plagued them in 2017 remain one year later. Imports included Anthony Hitchens, Xavier Williams, Derrick Nnadi, Kendall Fuller, Orlando Scandrick, Armani Watts and Dorian O’Daniel, while the team exported Derrick Johnson and every cornerback but one. Somehow the Chiefs still can’t stop the run (or really much of anything).