The Kansas City Chiefs have been overlooked as a contender in the AFC for the majority of the season. Many have preemptively labeled the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots as the two teams who will meet in the AFC Championship Game.
On the other hand, the Chiefs are just one game behind the Patriots to secure the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Regardless of how Kansas City ends the season, they should be considered a team that could be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February.
Just last season, the Chiefs were an offsides penalty on Dee Ford away from taking down the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. After their heartbreaking overtime loss to New England in 2018, Kansas City has come back in 2019 and is showing once again why they are here to stay.
The offense, led by Patrick Mahomes, is beginning to find its groove after his early-season injuries. At the same time, the Chiefs arguably have a more complete team than they had in 2018.
Given that information, here are four reasons why the Chiefs will be crowned Super Bowl champions in 2019.
4. The Chiefs have an endless supply of weapons
When Mahomes was tossing 50 touchdowns in 2018, he was chucking the ball to Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt. While Hunt's presence is missed, Kansas City somehow got faster and more dynamic on offense.
During the offseason, the Chiefs drafted Mecole Hardman to add even more speed at wide receiver. With Hardman on the field, Kansas City has an endless supply of weapons at Mahomes' disposal.
There isn't a defense in the NFL who has enough firepower to combat the offensive skill players in the Chiefs' offense. Barring injury, Kansas City's offense is going to be nearly unstoppable in the postseason.
3. Kansas City has proven they can win on the road
In the event that the AFC playoff picture remains the way it currently is, the Chiefs would likely have to travel to Baltimore or New England for a playoff game. That won't be an issue for the Chiefs, as they've proven they can win on the road in 2019.
As much as Kansas City loves to play at Arrowhead Stadium, they've actually been better away from home. Thus far, the Chiefs have won six of their seven road games—including an impressive victory over the Patriots in Foxborough.
For the Chiefs to have a crack at a Super Bowl title, they are probably going to have to defeat a talented team on the road. Once they make their arrival in Miami for the Super Bowl, they will be battle-tested; giving them a slight advantage over their opponent.
2. Patrick Mahomes
Lamar Jackson has been absolutely remarkable for the Ravens and deserves to win the NFL's MVP Award. But with Jackson's success, Mahomes has suddenly become an afterthought among the fans and the media.
Just a year ago, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns with ease in his first season as the starter. Even with injuries hindering his play, the gunslinging quarterback has thrown for 3,606 yards, 23 touchdowns, and four interceptions in 12 games this year.
Regardless of who is around him, Kansas City always has a chance to win the game with Mahomes at the helm. Giving him Hill, Kelce, and Hardman is borderline unfair for opposing defensive coordinators to game-plan against.
1. Kansas City's defense is peaking at the perfect time
As dominant as Kansas City's offense has been, everyone knows that whether or not they win a Super Bowl is reliant on how the defense performs. Despite the early criticism, the Chiefs' defense is peaking at the perfect time of the season.
In Kansas City's last four games, the defense has held its opponents to an average of 11.3 points per game. Besides points, the defense has also forced seven turnovers in the team's last seven contests.
With the Chiefs being a team that loves to score quickly and efficiently, their defense is going to be on the field a ton during the playoffs. The good news is that Steve Spagnuolo has his group playing their best football of the season in December.