The Kansas City Chiefs have had a rather strange start to the 2021/2022 NFL season. An opening day win against the Cleveland Browns was quickly followed by back to back defeats to the Ravens and the Chargers. 

Alarm bells have started to ring in certain sections of the fanbase and when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 to achieve a 2-2 record from the first four games, Chiefs’ fans began to see a semblance of normalcy return to their season. However, on Sunday night the Chiefs got absolutely dominated by the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs had no answer for the Bills offense and while they were able to force a few stops, they failed to generate any real pressure or turnovers.

Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes was asked about his feelings after the game and he said “I’ve just got to be better,” he continued by saying,

“You kind of just have to take it on the chin. We’ve got to get better. At the end of the day, that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve still got a long season left, but this is definitely one you’re going to remember.”

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs lost by an 18-point margin, which was the largest margin of defeat for this team in a home game since Andy Reid took over in 2013.  While a lot can quickly be read into defeats like this one, it is important to remember that we are only 5 weeks into the season and a lot of things could change. That being said, the Chiefs need to improve drastically both on offense and on defense if they intend to get out of this slump. 

Defensively against the Bills, they were a shambles, zero turnovers forced, zero sacks, a clear issue covering tight ends and stopping running quarterbacks. The offense for all of their industry and endeavor, failed to capitalize on the few stops that the defense did create. The Chiefs go to Washington next Sunday hoping to put together a more cohesive performance and remind football watchers why they have been the best team in the NFL in recent years.