While the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2018 season ended just short of the Super Bowl, excitement is at an all-time high going into 2019 with emerging superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first full campaign in the NFL.
In the running game, Carlos Hyde looks to return to the form he showed in San Francisco after signing a free agent deal to join the Chiefs.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s future with the team is in question over an off-the-field issue, but even if Mahomes doesn’t have Hill at his disposal, there are plenty of weapons. Sammy Watkins returns, along with tight end Travis Kelce. And don’t discount a new name or two emerging in head coach Andy Reid’s high-powered offense.
The Chiefs’ defense was a weak point in 2018, as evidenced by New England marching down the field in overtime and winning the AFC Championship on the Chiefs’ turf. In an effort to improve the defensive side of the ball, KC traded their 2019 first round draft pick to Seattle in return for defensive end Frank Clark, who had 13 sacks for the Seahawks last season.
Around $10 million in upgrades are coming to Arrowhead Stadium in time for the 2019 regular season. Upgrades to the video boards, waterproofing, and new seats in the upper deck are all on the agenda. It’s the first renovations at Arrowhead, which is one of the better venues in the NFL to watch a game, in a decade.
On the field, the Chiefs will host and visit division rivals Denver, Oakland, and the Los Angeles Chargers. The other games at Arrowhead will be with Baltimore, Indianapolis, Houston, Green Bay, and Minnesota. Games against non-AFC West opponents on the road are at Jacksonville, Detroit, Tennessee, New England, and Chicago (Sunday night game).