The Kansas City Chiefs have spent the last few years putting in terrific regular season performances and failing in the playoffs. They have won just one Super Bowl, back in 1969, and haven’t claimed an AFC title since then either. They have just one playoff win in the last 20 years, and haven’t won a home playoff game since January 1994. However, coming into Madden 19 they have a roster brimming with talent. They are young and fast on offense, and have several playmakers on defense that can take the ball away.
*All stats correct at time of writing
The Chiefs have a very nice 84 overall rating in Madden 19, only five teams have a higher rating. The power of the Chiefs team comes from its remarkable offense. The offense gets a rating of 87, putting them in elite company while the defense is a solid 83. If anything, the Chiefs rating undervalues the team since their skill players are exceptionally fast on offense and they have a good pass rush and nice coverage ability too. The roster is stacked, even if the rating does not reflect that.
Travis Kelce, Tight End (OVR 96)
Development Trait: Superstar
Contract: 3 years/$29.04 million
2018 Cap Hit: $8.47 million
Best Stats: Awareness (97), Catching (93), Catching in Traffic (90), Short Route (88), Acceleration (88), Speed (85)
Travis Kelce was a third-round pick for the Chiefs in 2013. His NFL career was slow to get off the ground thanks to a knee injury, but in 2015 he played all 16 games and showed off his talents with 72 catches, earning himself a Pro Bowl spot. In 2016 he registered his first 1,000+ yard season and was named a first team All-Pro. Since then Kelce has gone on to become one of the best receiving threats at tight end in the NFL.
Eric Berry, Strong Safety (OVR 95)
Development Trait: Superstar
Contract: 5 years/$48.32 million
2018 Cap Hit: $8.63 million
Best Stats: Zone Coverage (95), Play Recognition (92), Awareness (92), Man Coverage (91), Speed (90), Acceleration (90)
Eric Berry was the fifth-overall pick for the Chiefs in 2010 and quickly became a force in the NFL, though injuries and illness would litter his career. He missed almost all of his second year in the NFL due to a torn ACL, and in December 2014 was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to leave the team to seek treatment. He again returned to the team and reclaimed his starting role and influence on the defense, only to lose the 2017 season to a torn achilles in Week 1. Through all that Eric Berry has been a force of nature on the field. Flying across to make a tackle or an interception and shutting down the middle of the field for even the best offenses.
Patrick Mahomes II, Quarterback (OVR 90)
Development Trait: Star
Contract: 3 years/$12.5 million
2018 Cap Hit: $3.98 million
Best Stats: Throw Power (98)Throw On Run (92), Throw Under Pressure (92), Short Accuracy (89), Play Action (89), Break Sack (88), Acceleration (87), Speed (81)
The Chiefs traded up in the first round of 2017 to select Patrick Mahomes II. He came to the NFL after 2 years as the starter at Texas Tech in which he lit up the offense. He left college with over 11,000 passing yards and 93 touchdowns to go along with 845 yards on the ground and 22 more scores. He spent his rookie season on the bench behind Alex Smith, getting one start in which he greatly impressed. Smith was then traded to clear the way for Mahomes in 2018.
Chris Jones, Defensive End (OVR 88)
Development Trait: Quick
Contract: 2 years/$3.24 million
2018 Cap Hit: $1.47 million
Best Stats: Play Recognition (92), Awareness (92), Strength (89), Power Moves (88), Tackle (86), Acceleration (85)
Chris Jones was a second-round pick for the Chiefs in 2016. He had a solid rookie campaign but really took off in 2017, picking up 6.5 sacks and becoming a powerful force in the middle of the Chiefs defense. Offenses had to account for him on every play and really focusing their interior blocking around him. He comes into Madden 19 with impressive physical attributes as well as very good technical skills.
Full Roster & Depth Chart
|QB||OVR||Speed||Throw Power||Short Accuracy||Medium Accuracy||Deep Accuracy||Throw Under Pressure||Play Action|
|FB||OVR||Speed||Strength||Carrying||Pass Block||Run Block||Lead Block||Impact Block|
|WR||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Catch In Traffic||Spectacular Catch||Release||Jumping|
|TE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Run Block|
|OL||OVR||Speed||Strength||Pass Block||Run Block||Lead Block||Impact Block|
|DE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding|
|DT||OVR||Speed||Strength||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding||Impact Block|
|OLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Pursuit||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|MLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Pursuit||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|CB||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage||Press|
|FS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|SS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Tackle||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|ST||OVR||Kick Power||Kick Accuracy|
|Dustin Colquitt (P)||83||89||93|
|Harrison Butker (K)||81||93||89|
The success of the Chiefs starts with quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (98 throw power, 89 short accuracy). He is a good athlete at the position as well as deadly with his arm. Surrounding him is an incredible group, featuring the fastest player in Madden 19 Tyreek Hill (99 speed, 99 acceleration) and the brilliant tight end Travis Kelce (93 catching, 85 speed). Along with them are wide receivers Sammy Watkins (92 speed, 87 catching) and Chris Conley (97 jumping, 93 speed) and running back Spencer Ware (90 acceleration, 88 trucking). The offensive line is more solid than spectacular, but the right side is the strength, with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (81 pass block, 80 run block) Mitchell Schwartz (90 pass block, 81 run block).
Defensively the Chiefs are spotted with stars. Up front Chris Jones (92 play recognition, 89 strength) is a force, and on the edge Justin Houston (87 acceleration, 85 power moves) and Dee Ford (88 finesse moves, 87 play recognition) can still pressure the quarterback regularly. At cornerback Kendall Fuller (89 man coverage, 85 zone coverage) can cover almost anyone and Eric Berry (95 zone coverage, 92 play recognition) is still one of the best safeties in Madden 19.
Kansas City Chiefs Playbook – Offense
I Form Pro
I Form Slot Flex
I Form Tight
I Form Twin TE
Strong I Slot
Weak I Wing
Singleback Ace Slot
Singleback Bunce Ace
Singleback Deuce Close
Singleback Dice Slot
Singleback Wing Pair
Singleback Wing Slot
Singleback Y Trips
Pistol Full House TE
Pistol Tight Slots
Shotgun Ace Offset
Shotgun Bunch Open TE
Shotgun Bunch Quads
Shotgun Bunch Wide
Shotgun Doubles Y Off
Shotgun Eagle H Tight
Shotgun Empty Base Flex
Shotgun Flex Y Off Wk
Shotgun Snugs Flip
Shotgun Spread Y-Slot
Shotgun Trey Open Offset
Shotgun Trey Y-Flex
Shotgun Trio Offset Wk
Shotgun Wing Stack
Shotgun Wing Tight
Shotgun Y Off Trips
Shotgun Y Trips Offset Wk
The Chiefs offensive playbook is one of the better playbooks in Madden 19. It contains a nice amount of singleback formations to keep defenses honest, including Deuce Close and Bunch Ace that are very good. It has two pistol formations, and the deadly PA Post Shot in Pistol Tight Slots. It then has a very deep shotgun section that includes a Quads formation, two empty sets, and the highly effective Trey Y-Flex. This formation is one that can exploit the athleticism of Mahomes as well as his arm talent.
Kansas City Chiefs Playbook – Defense
Nickel 2-4-5 Double A Gap
Nickel 3-3-5 Wide
Big Nickel Over G
Quarter 3 Deep
Goal Line Defense 5-3-3
Goal line Defense 5-4-2
The Chiefs defensive playbook is a solid 3-4 option. The Bear front is a nice change-up look that can confuse an offense, but it lacks the range of the Ravens 3-4 playbook in its base formations. It also doesn’t have an effective 8-man box formation. There are a lot of sub-packages though. There are five nickel looks and as well as the Big Nickel Over G formation, and then several dime and quarter looks that have some nice deception in their coverages.
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