After just three weeks of the NFL season, there is just one team sitting at 3-0. Kansas City happens to be it. Head coach Andy Reid’s squad has looked rather impressive in all three wins against pretty good teams in New England, Philadelphia & San Diego. With a season-opening crushing defeat of last year’s Super Bowl champions on the road no less, the question on NFL fans’ minds is, “Are the Chiefs the best team in football?”
At this point in the season, it’s tough to appoint a so-called ‘best,’ but the Chiefs surely fit the bill. The Kansas City offense, which cost the team a trip to last year’s AFC championship game, has erupted. Rookie sensation Kareem Hunt is a dynamic weapon for quarterback Alex Smith, who looks like a new man in what often looks like a college offense. The Chiefs still have the speedy Tyreek Hill who is the team’s leading receiver and TE Travis Kelce, who has lined up at quarterback, of all places, at times.
Kansas City is third in the NFL in total offense averaging 397.3 yards per game and third in scoring offense putting up 31.0 points per game. The defense, normally a strength on Reid-coached teams, is adequate and has given up 19.00 points per game. Linebacker Justin Houston has 3.0 sacks and is tied with 6-foot-6-inch, 310-pound defensive end Chris Jones for the team lead. Jones also has the Chiefs only interception thus far.
While Smith looks much better running the Chiefs offense – he is averaging 9.83 yards per attempt, three yards more than his career average – there is still a long way to go. The AFC West is loaded. The Raiders will once again provide a huge challenge to Kansas City and Denver has started the new season 2-1. Add games against Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, and Miami (all playoff teams in 2016) and the task ahead of Reid and the Chiefs is difficult. So far, they have proved worthy of earning the title ‘NFL’s best’ even if it ends up being short-lived.