2018 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, their 59th overall, their sixth under head coach Andy Reid, and their second under general manager Brett Veach. The Chiefs finished 12–4 and won their third consecutive AFC West title, made their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, but lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes won the AP NFL MVP award becoming the first Chiefs player to ever be named MVP.[1]

2018 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerBrett Veach
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 31–13
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 31–37 (OT)
Pro Bowlers
Team MVPPatrick Mahomes
Team ROYAndrew Wylie
Uniform
Kc chiefs uniforms

Season summary

In the offseason the Chiefs had several major changes, including trading 2-time Pro Bowler Marcus Peters, as well as Alex Smith. The team also voided the final year of the contract of their longest tenured player Derrick Johnson and they released long time linebacker Tamba Hali.

Under first year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs would start the season 5–0 for the second consecutive year before losing to the New England Patriots. The Chiefs then won their next four games before losing again to the Los Angeles Rams. A Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens clinched the Chiefs' fourth consecutive playoff appearance. After defeating their rival, the Oakland Raiders 35–3 in Week 17, the Chiefs clinched their third consecutive division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

In the Playoffs, the Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1993 by defeating the Indianapolis Colts, 31–13 ,in the Divisional Round. This win ended the Chiefs' 6-game home playoff losing streak dating back to 1993. It was only the Chiefs' second win in their last 13 playoff games. In the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 37–31 in overtime. Two days after the loss, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was fired following multiple NFL analysts criticizing his lack of adjustments in the AFC Championship Game, as well as other games throughout the season.[2]

NFL Top 100

The Chiefs had three players ranked in NFL Network's annual Top 100 players countdown, the fewest the team has had on the list since 2012.

Rank Player Position Change
24 Travis Kelce TE Increase 2
33 Kareem Hunt* RB NR
40 Tyreek Hill WR/PR Decrease 4

*Did not finish the season on the roster

Draft

2018 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
2 46 Breeland Speaks Defensive end Ole Miss
3 75 Derrick Nnadi Defensive tackle Florida State
100 Dorian O'Daniel Linebacker Clemson
4 124 Armani Watts Safety Texas A&M
6 196 Tremon Smith Cornerback Central Arkansas
198 Kahlil McKenzie Defensive tackle Tennessee

Trades

  • The Chiefs traded their first round selection (No. 22 overall), along with their 2017 first and third round selections to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the Bills' 2017 first-round selection.[3]
  • The Chiefs traded cornerback Marcus Peters and their sixth round selection (209th overall, a compensatory pick) to the Los Angeles Rams for their fourth round selection (124th overall) and their second round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.[8]
  • The Chiefs received a 2nd round pick (46th overall) and a 3rd round pick (100th overall) from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for the Chiefs' 2nd round pick (54th overall) and 3rd round pick (78th overall).
  • The Chiefs received a 3rd round pick (75th overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for their 3rd round pick (86th overall) and their 4th round pick (122nd overall)
  • The Chiefs received a 6th round pick (198th overall) from the New England Patriots in exchange for two 7th round picks (233rd overall and 243rd Overall)

Staff

2018 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Chairman/CEO – Clark Hunt
  • President – Mark Donovan
  • General manager – Brett Veach
  • Director of football administration – Brandt Tilis
  • Salary cap & legal executive – Chris Shea
  • Director of player personnel – Mike Borgonzi
  • Director of college scouting – Ryan Poles
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Ryne Nutt
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Greg Castillo
  • Director of pro personnel – Tim Terry

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Bob Sutton
  • Defensive line – Britt Reid
  • Outside linebackers – Mike Smith
  • Inside linebackers – Mark DeLeone
  • Defensive backs – Emmitt Thomas
  • Secondary/cornerbacks – Al Harris
  • Defensive Assistant – Alex Whittingham
  • Defensive quality control – Terry Bradden
  • Defensive quality control – Jay Valai

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Travis Crittenden
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Devin Woodhouse
  • Sports science/conditioning – Ryan Reynolds

Final roster

2018 Kansas City Chiefs final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Houston Texans L 10–17 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Atlanta Falcons W 28–14 1–1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Chicago Bears L 20–27 1–2 Soldier Field Recap
4 August 30 Green Bay Packers W 33–21 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at Los Angeles Chargers W 38–28 1–0 StubHub Center Recap
2 September 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–37 2–0 Heinz Field Recap
3 September 23 San Francisco 49ers W 38–27 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 October 1 at Denver Broncos W 27–23 4–0 Broncos Stadium at Mile High Recap
5 October 7 Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–14 5–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at New England Patriots L 40–43 5–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
7 October 21 Cincinnati Bengals W 45–10 6–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 28 Denver Broncos W 30–23 7–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 4 at Cleveland Browns W 37–21 8–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
10 November 11 Arizona Cardinals W 26–14 9–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
11 November 19 at Los Angeles Rams L 51–54 9–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
12 Bye
13 December 2 at Oakland Raiders W 40–33 10–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
14 December 9 Baltimore Ravens W 27–24 (OT) 11–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 13 Los Angeles Chargers L 28–29 11–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 23 at Seattle Seahawks L 31–38 11–4 CenturyLink Field Recap
17 December 30 Oakland Raiders W 35–3 12–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • The Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City in Estadio Azteca as a part of the league's International Series, but was moved to Los Angeles due to concerns over the playing surface.

Game summaries

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 565 421 W1
(5) Los Angeles Chargers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 428 329 W1
Denver Broncos 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 329 349 L4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 290 467 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason

Schedule

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 12, 2019 Indianapolis Colts (6) W 31–13 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 20, 2019 New England Patriots (2) L 31–37 (OT) 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Championship: vs. (#2) New England Patriots

References

  1. ^ "Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes named 2018 NFL MVP". NFL.com.
  2. ^ "Chiefs fire DC Bob Sutton after OT loss to Patriots". NFL.com.
  3. ^ Paylor, Terez (April 27, 2017). "For first time since '83, Chiefs draft quarterback in first round: Patrick Mahomes". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Paylor, Terez A. (January 30, 2018). "Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington, saving $15.6 million". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 30, 2017). "Browns ship Cameron Erving to Chiefs for fifth-rounder". NFL.com.
  6. ^ "49ers Trade CB Kenneth Acker". 49ers.com.
  7. ^ Urban, Darren (September 2, 2016). "Cardinals Trade For CB Marcus Cooper". AZCardinals.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 26, 2018). "Chiefs net 2nd, 4th-round picks for Marcus Peters". NFL.com.
  9. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 1, 2017). "Titans Trade for Chiefs DL David King". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2018.

External links

List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.

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Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP LAC KC
1 9:09 10 49 4:58 Chiefs Robinson 5-yard touchdown reception from Mahomes, Butker kick good -0 7
1 0:43 10 80 4:51 Chiefs Dar. Williams 11-yard touchdown reception from Mahomes, Butker kick good 0 14
2 9:43 10 75 6:00 Chargers M. Williams 3-yard touchdown reception from Rivers, Badgley kick good 7 14
3 11:38 7 74 3:22 Chiefs Dam. Williams 2-yard touchdown run, Butker kick good 7 21
3 4:57 11 76 6:41 Chargers M. Williams 19-yard touchdown run, Badgley kick good 14 21
4 8:15 13 73 7:55 Chiefs Dam. Williams 1-yard touchdown run, Butker kick good 14 28
4 3:49 11 75 4:26 Chargers Jackson 3-yard touchdown run, Badgley kick good 21 28
4 0:04 8 60 2:33 Chargers M. Williams 1-yard touchdown reception from Rivers, 2-point pass good 29 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 29 28
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