2019 Kansas City Chiefs season

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2019 Kansas City Chiefs season
Kansas City Chiefs 60th season logo.svg
OwnerThe Hunt family
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerBrett Veach
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Texans) 51–31
Won AFC Championship (vs. Titans) 35–24
Won Super Bowl LIV (vs. 49ers) 31–20
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVPTyrann Mathieu
Team ROYMecole Hardman
Uniform
Kc chiefs uniforms.png

The 2019 Kansas City Chiefs season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 50th in the National Football League, their 60th overall, their seventh under head coach Andy Reid, and third under general manager Brett Veach.

In the offseason, the Chiefs released two of their longest-tenured players: Justin Houston and Eric Berry. The Chiefs started the season with a 1–3 record at home, their worst record after four home games since 2012. However, they began the season 4–0 on the road, their best road record after four road games since 2013. With a Week 14 Oakland Raiders loss and a win over the New England Patriots, the Chiefs clinched the AFC West, extending their team record division title streak to four consecutive. They also clinched the franchise's fifth consecutive playoff appearance, one short of the franchise record of six consecutive from 1990–1995. The Chiefs also finished undefeated in the AFC West for the second time under Andy Reid, extending their record within the AFC West since 2015 to 27–3. They clinched their second straight bye to the Divisional round of the AFC playoffs due to a Week 17 win against the Los Angeles Chargers combined with a Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In the Divisional round, the Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 51–31 despite falling behind 24–0 in the second quarter to give the Chiefs playoff wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. The 51 points they scored was a franchise record for a postseason game. The win, along with the Baltimore Ravens' loss the previous night, allowed the Chiefs to host the AFC Championship for the second time in franchise history. They defeated the Tennessee Titans 35–24 in the AFC Championship advancing to Super Bowl LIV, where they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31–20 to win their first championship since Super Bowl IV in 1970.

NFL Top 100[edit]

The Chiefs had six players ranked on NFL Network's annual Top 100 players countdown, which was tied for second most in the league. Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was ranked 4th, the highest ranking ever by a Chiefs player. Additionally, he was the highest ranked player on the countdown that was not ranked in 2018 and was the second highest player ever that was unranked the previous season.

Rank Player Position Change
4 Patrick Mahomes QB NR
19 Tyreek Hill WR Increase 21
21 Travis Kelce TE Increase 3
36 Chris Jones DT NR
85 Frank Clark DE NR
94 Mitchell Schwartz T NR

Staff[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

2019 Kansas City Chiefs Staff Changes
Coach Position Reason left Replacement
Bob Sutton Defensive Coordinator Fired Steve Spagnuolo
Britt Reid Defensive Line Promoted Brendan Daly
Mike Smith Outside Linebackers Accepted job with
another team
Britt Reid
Mark DeLeone Inside Linebackers Accepted job with
another team
Matt House
(as linebackers coach)
Emmitt Thomas Defensive Backs Retired Dave Merritt
Al Harris Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Fired Sam Madison
Jay Valai Defensive quality control Accepted job with
another team
Terry Bradden

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Roster changes[edit]

Players signed[edit]

Below are players signed in the offseason through free agency.

Players signed
Player Position
Justin Senior T
Sammie Coates WR
Davon Grayson WR
Dontae Johnson CB
E. J. Manuel QB
Harold Jones-Quartey S
Carlos Hyde RB
Tyrann Mathieu S
Damien Wilson LB
Alex Okafor DE
Bashaud Breeland CB
Blake Bell TE
Keith Reaser CB
Jeremiah Attaochu LB
Zack Golditch G
Nick Keizer TE
Neal Sterling TE

Cuts[edit]

Below are players who were released during the offseason

Players cut
Player Position
Justin Houston LB
Eric Berry S
Dillon Gordon T
Step Durham CB
Tejan Koroma C
Sammie Coates WR
T.J. Linta QB
Dontae Johnson CB
Jarvis Jenkins DE
Leon McQuay III FS
Justin Senior OT
Gary Johnson OLB
James Williams RB

Futures contracts[edit]

Below are players that were signed as a futures players, which are typically players that have not played in a regular season. These players usually spent the previous season on a practice squad.

Futures contracts
Player Position
Josh Crockett WR
Raymond Davison LB
Ryan Hunter T
Joey Ivie NT
Chase Litton QB
Robert McCray OLB
Leon McQuay III SS
Henry Mondeaux DT
Pace Murphy T
Aaron Ripkowski FB
Martrell Spaight LB
D'Montre Wade CB
Cavon Walker DE
David Wells TE

Unrestricted free agents[edit]

Below are players with expiring contracts that can sign with any team without the Chiefs receiving any sort of compensation. Also included is if the player re-signed with the Chiefs or signed with another team.

UFAs
Player Position Re-signed?*
Jeff Allen G Yes
Allen Bailey DE No
Kelvin Benjamin WR No
Chris Conley WR No
Jordan Devey G No
Demetrius Harris TE No
Mitch Morse C No
Steven Nelson CB No
Orlando Scandrick CB No
Anthony Sherman FB Yes
De'Anthony Thomas WR Yes
Spencer Ware RB No
Charcandrick West RB No
Frank Zombo OLB No
Signed with new team Re-signed

*As of August 20

Restricted free agents[edit]

Below are players with expiring contracts that have three or fewer accrued seasons with the Chiefs that can receive a qualifying offer from any NFL team, the Chiefs can choose to either match the offer or receive a draft pick as compensation depending on the tender placed by the Chiefs which can be 1st round, 2nd, or original round (the pick that was used to draft the player). If no offer sheet is given, the player will receive a one-year contract with the Chiefs for a salary based on the tender placed on the player, $2.879 million for a first, $2.023 million for a second, or $1.323 million for an original round tender. If a tender is not placed, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.

RFAs
Player Position Tender Qualifying offer Matched?*
Jordan Lucas FS Original round (6th) None
Signed tender
N/A
Terrance Smith ILB Not placed None N/A

*As of April 15

Exclusive-rights free agents[edit]

Below are players with two or fewer seasons of tenure with expiring contracts. If the Chiefs makes a qualifying offer (a one-year contract usually at league-minimum salary) the player has no negotiating rights with other teams, and must either sign the tender with the Chiefs or sit out the 2019 season. If a qualifying offer is not made, the player is an unrestricted free agent.

ERFAs
Player Position Qualifying offer?* Signed?†
Harrison Butker K Yes Yes
Alex Ellis TE No N/A
Justin Hamilton NT Yes Yes
Marcus Kemp WR Yes Yes

*As of March 13
†As of April 15

Trades[edit]

Below are any trades that included at least one player. Trades that featured only draft picks being traded for both teams, are listed in NFL Draft section.

Trades
Player(s)/Pick(s)
Received
Team Compensation
2nd round pick
2020 NFL Draft
San Francisco 49ers LB Dee Ford
DE Emmanuel Ogbah Cleveland Browns S Eric Murray
DE Frank Clark
3rd round pick
2019 Draft
Seattle Seahawks 1st & 3rd round pick
2019 NFL Draft
2nd round pick
2020 NFL Draft
LB Darron Lee New York Jets 6th round pick
2020 NFL Draft

Draft[edit]

2019 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
2 56 Mecole Hardman Wide Receiver Georgia
63 Juan Thornhill Safety Virginia
3 84 Khalen Saunders Defensive tackle Western Illinois
6 201 Rashad Fenton Cornerback South Carolina
214* Darwin Thompson Running back Utah State
7 216 Nick Allegretti Guard Illinois
* Compensatory selection

Draft pick trades

  • The Chiefs received a sixth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and a second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for cornerback Marcus Peters and a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • The Chiefs traded a fourth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for linebacker Reggie Ragland.
  • The Chiefs traded wide receiver Rod Streater and a seventh round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • The Chiefs traded their first round (29th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, their third round (92nd overall) selection in the 2019 Draft, and a 2nd round selection in the 2020 draft to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive end Frank Clark and the Seahawks 3rd round selection (84th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • The Chiefs traded a second round selection (61st overall) and their 5th round selection (167th overall) to Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the Rams 2nd round selection (56th overall)

Staff[edit]

2019 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2019 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, 15 inactive, 10 practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–17 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–17 1–1 Heinz Field Recap
3 August 24 San Francisco 49ers L 17–27 1–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Green Bay Packers L 20–27 1–3 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 40–26 1–0 TIAA Bank Field Recap
2 September 15 at Oakland Raiders W 28–10 2–0 RingCentral Coliseum Recap
3 September 22 Baltimore Ravens W 33–28 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 29 at Detroit Lions W 34–30 4–0 Ford Field Recap
5 October 6 Indianapolis Colts L 13–19 4–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 13 Houston Texans L 24–31 4–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 17 at Denver Broncos W 30–6 5–2 Empower Field at Mile High Recap
8 October 27 Green Bay Packers L 24–31 5–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 3 Minnesota Vikings W 26–23 6–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Tennessee Titans L 32–35 6–4 Nissan Stadium Recap
11 November 18 at Los Angeles Chargers W 24–17 7–4 Mexico Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) Recap
12 Bye
13 December 1 Oakland Raiders W 40–9 8–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 8 at New England Patriots W 23–16 9–4 Gillette Stadium Recap
15 December 15 Denver Broncos W 23–3 10–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Chicago Bears W 26–3 11–4 Soldier Field Recap
17 December 29 Los Angeles Chargers W 31–21 12–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week One: Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 17 6 71040
Jaguars 7 6 01326

at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

Week 2: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Two: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 28 0028
Raiders 10 0 0010

at RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 3: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Three: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 6 0 71528
Chiefs 0 23 7333

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 4: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Four: Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 13 71434
Lions 10 3 10730

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 5: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Five: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 7 6 0619
Chiefs 3 7 0313

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 6: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Six: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 3 20 0831
Chiefs 17 0 7024

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 7: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Seven: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 10 10 7330
Broncos 6 0 006

at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 14 0 31431
Chiefs 0 17 0724

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 54 °F (12 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,558
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 9: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 3 6723
Chiefs 7 3 10626

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 10: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 10 3 91032
Titans 0 13 71535

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 63 °F (17 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,864
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

NFL International Series

Week Eleven: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 10 14024
Chargers 3 6 8017

at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

Game information

Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Thirteen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 099
Chiefs 7 14 10940

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 36 °F (2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,548
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 14: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Fourteen: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 17 3023
Patriots 7 0 6316

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 32 °F (0 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 15: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fifteen: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 003
Chiefs 6 9 8023

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Snow, 24 °F (−4 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,257
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 16: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Sixteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 10 0926
Bears 0 0 303

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear, 45 °F (7 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,213
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 17: vs. Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 7721
Chiefs 3 7 14731

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 451 308 W6
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 282 316 W2
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 313 419 L1
Los Angeles Chargers 5 11 0 .313 0–6 3–9 337 345 L3

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Baltimore Ravens North 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 .494 .484 W12
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 .510 .477 W6
3[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 5–1 8–4 .469 .411 L1
4 Houston Texans South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 .520 .488 L1
Wild Cards
5 Buffalo Bills East 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .461 .363 L2
6 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .488 .465 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 .502 .324 L3
8[b][c] Denver Broncos West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .510 .406 W2
9[c][d][e] Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .482 .335 L1
10[b][d][e] Indianapolis Colts South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .492 .500 L1
11[b][d] New York Jets East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 .473 .402 W2
12[f] Jacksonville Jaguars South 6 10 0 .375 2–4 6–6 .484 .406 W1
13[f] Cleveland Browns North 6 10 0 .375 3–3 6–6 .533 .479 L3
14[g] Los Angeles Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 0–6 3–9 .514 .488 L3
15[g] Miami Dolphins East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .484 .463 W2
16 Cincinnati Bengals North 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 .553 .406 W1
Tiebreakers[h]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of New England based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Indianapolis and NY Jets based on conference record. Division tiebreak was initially used to eliminate Oakland (see below).
  3. ^ a b Denver finished ahead of Oakland based on conference record.
  4. ^ a b c Oakland and Indianapolis finished ahead of NY Jets based on conference record.
  5. ^ a b Oakland finished ahead of Indianapolis based on head-to-head victory.
  6. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Cleveland based on record against common opponents. Jacksonville's cumulative record against Cincinnati, Denver, NY Jets, and Tennessee was 4–1, compared to Cleveland's 2–3 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  7. ^ a b LA Chargers finished ahead of Miami based on head-to-head victory.
  8. ^ 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[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 12, 2020 Houston Texans (4) W 51–31 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 19, 2020 Tennessee Titans (6) W 35–24 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
Super Bowl LIV February 2, 2020 vs. San Francisco 49ers (N1) W 31–20 3–0 Hard Rock Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#4) Houston Texans[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) Houston Texans at (#2) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 21 3 7031
Chiefs 0 28 131051

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

AFC Championship: vs. (#6) Tennessee Titans[edit]

AFC Championship: (#6) Tennessee Titans at (#2) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 10 7 0724
Chiefs 7 14 01435

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: January 19, 2020
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 17 °F (−8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,656
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely and Gene Steratore
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Super Bowl LIV: vs. (N1) San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Super Bowl LIV: (N1) San Francisco 49ers vs. (A2) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 3 7 10020
Chiefs 7 3 02131

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida

Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chiefs Finalize Defensive Coaching Staff". Chiefs.com.

External links[edit]