The Chiefs Defense Has Been Unexpectedly Dominant in One Way This Season

By michael obermuller
The Chiefs pass defense is leading the way again in 2020, so how come they never get the recognition they deserve?
The Chiefs pass defense is leading the way again in 2020, so how come they never get the recognition they deserve? / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Going into 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs were riding high off their Super Bowl win, but there was one glaring hole on their roster, cornerback.

Top 2019 cornerback Kendall Fuller was a massive part of the Chiefs Super Bowl run, and the free agent took a big payday to play in Washington. Oddly enough though, this system has performed just as well, or possibly even better without him.

Last year the Chiefs allowed the fewest receptions and receiving yards to wide receivers, and this year they have allowed the second fewest receptions and receiving yards to the position. They have also allowed the lowest yards per target and catch rate, dominating both outside and in the slot.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo definitely has something to do with this, as his new system seems to shut down the passing game. Another key piece that's not in the secondary is defensive tackle Chris Jones. The big man has become a game-wrecker similar to Aaron Donald, and it always helps coverage when quarterbacks have to worry about someone like that bursting through the middle.

The corners deserve their credit too though. Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland man the outside, while Rashad Fenton has been dominating in the slot. Even rookie L'Jarius Sneed had success before his injury. The final piece is All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. The hybrid corner moves around the field and often has a major influence on the game.

We all know about the Chiefs offense, but if their defense keeps playing like this, they are going to be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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