- Kansas City lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game 37-31 last season.
- Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 10.
- Bookmakers have shortened Super Bowl 54 odds for the Chiefs after their Week 4 performance.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed a 4-0 start to the season thus far. Even without their best wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs offense still averages the most passing yards per game in the NFL with 373. Hill has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury and is expected to return to the Chiefs shortly.
The Chiefs are fresh off a come-from-behind victory against the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions. Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes showed why he was one the best players in the league, as he and the Chiefs offense had to illustrate a 79-yard drive with 2:20 left in the game to sneak away with a victory on the road.
This wasn’t one of the best games from Mahomes, who would complete 24 of 42 passes for 315 with no touchdowns or interceptions for the day. He also set a new career-high in rushing yards with 56 against the Lions.
However, Mahomes made plays when he had to; as the Chiefs were deep into Lions territory on 4th and 8, he scrambled 15 yards for the first down. This would be the biggest play of the day for him because later during that same drive, the Chiefs would score the game-clinching touchdown on a Darrel Williams 1-yard touchdown run. This was the fourth time in Mahomes’ career that he would complete a game without a touchdown pass.
Mahomes saw his 14-game streak of throwing two or more passing touchdowns go out the window, he was one game short of tying Peyton Manning’s NFL record at 15 games. Even so, Patrick Mahomes will likely repeat as NFL MVP, with sportsbooks giving him the shortest odds to do so at +100.
Chiefs Looking Ahead At SB54
Despite Kansas City’s defense being among one of the worst units in the NFL, the Chiefs remain legitimate Super Bowl 54 contenders. When you have Patrick Mahomes as your quarterback your defense has a lot of room for error. The Chiefs can put points on the board against anybody, as they average an NFL leading 33.8 points per game.
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Tight end Travis Kelce is currently the Chiefs leading receiver having 24 catches and 369 receiving yards on the year. With wide receiver Sammy Watkins only four yards behind him, it’s easy to see why the Chiefs have the best offense in the NFL. This offense will become even more dangerous when Tyreek Hill returns from injury.
USA sportsbooks give the Chiefs the second shortest odds to win the Super Bowl at +500, with only the New England Patriots having shorter odds at +333. The Chiefs came into Week 4 with longer odds (+700) and as a result of their win over the Lions, enter Week 5 in a better position. It’s clear that Patriots and Chiefs have separated themselves from the rest of the NFL and sportsbooks agree.
The Chiefs defense is pretty much being carried by the offense and in today’s NFL that’s not ideal, but it’s also not impossible to win games that way. As the season progresses the Chiefs defense will have to improve if the Chiefs want to have a shot against the Patriots, as they will likely be the two teams who meet in the AFC Championship game.
Up Next For The Chiefs
The Chiefs (-600) are 11-point favorites to beat the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts (+400) at home in Week 5. With somewhat of an easy schedule for the rest of the season, the Chiefs should be a lock to have a first-round bye in the playoffs this year. Kansas City opened the season with a season win total set at 10.5, and it looks like they are on track to go over. This makes the Chiefs' case for winning Super Bowl 54 about as legit as they come.
As a professional sports writer, Robert has written for outlets such as the FAMUAN and other sports-centric platforms. He focuses mainly on NFL and NBA betting, though he keeps tabs on every major sport.