Originally posted by vaden:
And by overrated, I mean the Chiefs are not a top 5 team as so many media power rankings have them right now. I still think they're a notch below second tier teams like Colts, 49ers, Patriots.
In chemistry, the rate determining step is the slowest step of any chemical reaction, it controls the overall speed of the reaction as a whole. Transplanting that into football, the Chiefs rate determining step is their offensive line. They've got some great defensive players, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Eric Berry....etc, nice talent on offense, solid QB, nice WR's, however, their success this season will ultimately be determined by their offensive line. Their pass-blocking for the most part has been pretty good up to this point, however they've struggled when it comes to run-blocking and I can see them having difficulties running the ball against better defensive lines. Among the teams they've faced this season, only the Giants and Cowboys are decent at stopping the run and they had an average of about 3.5 yards per carry against those two teams.
If you look at PFF numbers, KC has the highest total defensive ranking in the NFL at 83.5 Seattle is a distant second at 52.5 49ers fourth at 33.7. The Chiefs have the highest ranking in pass rush, pass coverage and are third in run defense. However if you flip it around and look at their offense, you see an entirely different story. Their overall offense is ranked 22nd in the NFL, 26th ranked passing game, 14th ranked in rushing, 12th ranked in pass blocking but 16th ranked in run blocking. As good as their defense is, their offense doesn't compare with the other elite teams in the NFL currently, that may change as the season goes, but so far, it is pretty iffy and they seem to be leaning on their defense way too much.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM ]