2020 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 2020 season is the Kansas City Chiefs' 51st in the National Football League (NFL), their 61st season overall and their eighth under head coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs, who won Super Bowl LIV the previous season, will attempt to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX, and the eighth team overall to repeat. The Chiefs qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, tying a franchise record set from 1990 to 1995 and won the division for the fifth consecutive year. They finished with a best in franchise history and best in the league for the season 14–2 record. The Chiefs will appear in their second consecutive Super Bowl and fourth Super Bowl all-time.
Season summary[edit source | edit]
In the offseason, the Chiefs released their longest tenured player in franchise history, punter Dustin Colquitt, who had been with the team since 2005. Colquitt was later signed to the Chiefs practice squad shortly before the playoffs.
On August 17, 2020, the Chiefs announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their stadium will be filled at about 22% capacity, or about 16,000 fans. Additionally, fans in attendance will be required to wear a face covering when they are not actively eating or drinking. Season tickets were not sold, however, season ticket holders from 2019 that have not cancelled season tickets already, will still have the option to buy season tickets in 2021.
After a 34–20 Week 3 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs set a franchise record for consecutive wins including the playoffs with 12. The streak was snapped two weeks later at 13 with a Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Following a Week 4 victory over the New England Patriots, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to open their season 4–0 in four consecutive seasons. The Chiefs clinched their fifth consecutive AFC West title after defeating the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. The victory also gave the Chiefs their first 12–1 record in franchise history. A Week 16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons gave the Chiefs their franchise record 14th win. It also clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs finished the season undefeated on the road for the first time in franchise history and with a 14–2 overall record, the best in the NFL during the season.
Following their win in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Browns, Kansas City became the first AFC team ever to host three consecutive conference championship games, and the second team in NFL history to host three consecutive conference championships. The other team was the Philadelphia Eagles from 2002–04, who were also coached by Andy Reid. The win also gave the Chiefs their 3rd consecutive season winning at least one playoff game, after losing 11 of their previous 12 playoff games. In the AFC Championship, the Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 38–24 and advanced to Super Bowl LV, their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance and fourth all-time Super Bowl appearance. They will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
NFL Top 100[edit source | edit]
The Chiefs had six players named to the Top 100. Tight end Travis Kelce is the only player who was ranked higher than the previous season. Defending Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the highest rated Chiefs player on the list at fourth. Mahomes selection of fourth drew criticism from multiple NFL analysts and fans. SB Nation’s Chiefs site Arrowhead Pride said they will no longer report on the Top 100 following Mahomes being selected fourth.
|18||Travis Kelce||Tight end||3|
|22||Tyreek Hill||Wide receiver||3|
|52||Chris Jones||Defensive tackle||16|
|95||Frank Clark||Defensive end||10|
Offseason[edit source | edit]
Coaching staff changes[edit source | edit]
|Old coach||Position||New coach|
|Vacant||Passing game coordinator||Mike Kafka*|
|Rod Wilson||Assistant special teams
*Mike Kafka will continue serving in his role as quarterbacks coach, but will have additional duties as passing game coordinator
Players added[edit source | edit]
Below are players signed following the conclusion of the 2019 season, some of the players signed spent a portion of the 2019 NFL season on the practice squad and/or active roster.
*Indicates player finished the previous season on the Chiefs' practice squad
Players lost[edit source | edit]
Below are players who were on the roster at the end of the 2019 season, but were either released or did not re-sign after their contract expired.
Draft[edit source | edit]
|1||32||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Running back||LSU|
|2||63||Willie Gay||Linebacker||Mississippi State|
|4||138||L'Jarius Sneed||Safety||Louisiana Tech|
|5||177||Mike Danna||Defensive end||Michigan|
- The Chiefs traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 2nd round draft pick (63rd overall).
- The Chiefs traded their 2nd round selection (64th overall), in addition to 2019 draft picks, to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive end Frank Clark and a 2019 draft pick.
- The Chiefs traded their 6th round selection (211th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for linebacker Darron Lee
- The Chiefs traded their 7th round selection (246th overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for safety Jordan Lucas.
- The Chiefs traded their 6th round pick in 2021 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for their 237th pick in the 2020 draft.
Undrafted free agents[edit source | edit]
|Hakeem Bailey||CB||West Virginia|
|Jalen Julius||S||Mississippi State|
|Tershawn Wharton||DT||Missouri S&T|
|Cody White||WR||Michigan State|
|Darryl Williams||C||Mississippi State|
Signed and released in the offseason[edit source | edit]
Below are players who were signed and released in the offseason before playing a game for the Chiefs in the 2020 season. These players were not a part of the final roster cut downs prior to the start of the regular season.
COVID-19 opt-outs[edit source | edit]
On July 24, 2020, NFL owners and the NFL Players Association approved giving players the option to opt out of playing during the entire 2020 season as precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The players listed below opted-out before the August 6 deadline and did not play.
Final roster cutdown[edit source | edit]
The following players were released to bring the roster to the league mandated 53 players before week 1. In addition to the following 24 players being released, the Chiefs also placed two players on the reserve/suspended list and placed one player on the PUP list.
In-season transactions[edit source | edit]
All transactions listed in this section occurred after the Chiefs released their initial 53 player roster.
Suspensions served[edit source | edit]
The players listed below served a suspension at some point during the season. The length, reason, and weeks served are all listed below.
|Bashaud Breeland||CB||Personal conduct and
positive test for marijuana
|Mike Pennel||DT||Positive test for PEDs||2 games||1–2|
Signings[edit source | edit]
Practice squad elevations[edit source | edit]
|Braxton Hoyett||DT||Ravens PS|
|DeAndré Washington||RB||Dolphins roster|
|Darius Harris||LB||Chiefs roster|
|Danny Isidora||G||Steelers roster|
|Marcus Kemp||WR||Dolphins PS|
|Bryan Witzmann||G||Chiefs PS|
|Gehrig Dieter||WR||Chiefs PS|
|Tim Ward||DE||Chiefs roster|
|Chris Lammons||CB||Chiefs roster|
|Stefen Wisniewski||G||Chiefs roster|
|Deandre Baker||CB||Chiefs PS|
|Emmanuel Smith||LB||Chiefs PS|
|Omari Cobb||LB||Chiefs PS|
Trades[edit source | edit]
|Miami Dolphins||6th round pick
2021 NFL Draft
|RB DeAndré Washington|
7th round pick 2021 NFL Draft
Cuts[edit source | edit]
*Signed to practice squad after release
Injured reserve returns[edit source | edit]
The following players spent a portion of the season on injured reserve and were eventually activated off of it.
|Player||Position||Date added||Date removed|
|Khalen Saunders||DT||September 19||October 24|
|L'Jarius Sneed||CB||September 30||November 21|
|Mike Danna||DT||October 10||October 31|
|Alex Okafor||DE||October 24||November 21|
Staff[edit source | edit]
Current roster[edit source | edit]
Preseason cancellation[edit source | edit]
|1||Template:Dow tooltip||Cincinnati Bengals||Arrowhead Stadium||Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2||Template:Dow tooltip||at Arizona Cardinals||State Farm Stadium|
|3||Template:Dow tooltip||at Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium|
|4||Template:Dow tooltip||Green Bay Packers||Arrowhead Stadium|
Regular season[edit source | edit]
Schedule[edit source | edit]
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
Game summaries[edit source | edit]
Week 1: vs. Houston Texans[edit source | edit]
Week 2: at Los Angeles Chargers[edit source | edit]
Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens[edit source | edit]
Week 4: vs. New England Patriots[edit source | edit]
Week 5: vs. Las Vegas Raiders[edit source | edit]
Week 6: at Buffalo Bills[edit source | edit]
Week 7: at Denver Broncos[edit source | edit]
Week 8: vs. New York Jets[edit source | edit]
Week 9: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit source | edit]
Week 11: at Las Vegas Raiders[edit source | edit]
Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit source | edit]
Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos[edit source | edit]
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins[edit source | edit]
Week 15: at New Orleans Saints[edit source | edit]
Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit source | edit]
Week 17: vs. Los Angeles Chargers[edit source | edit]
Standings[edit source | edit]
Division[edit source | edit]
Conference[edit source | edit]
Postseason[edit source | edit]
|Playoff round||Date||Time (CT)||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Venue||TV||Recap|
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 17, 2021||2:05 p.m.||Cleveland Browns (6)||W 22–17||1–0||Arrowhead Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|AFC Championship||January 24, 2021||5:40 p.m.||Buffalo Bills (2)||W 38–24||2–0||Arrowhead Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|Super Bowl LV||February 7, 2021||5:40 p.m.||vs.Template:Efn-ua Tampa Bay Buccaneers (N5)||Raymond James Stadium||CBS||Preview|
Game summaries[edit source | edit]
AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (6) Cleveland Browns[edit source | edit]
AFC Championship: vs. (2) Buffalo Bills[edit source | edit]
Super Bowl LV: vs. (N5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit source | edit]
Notes[edit source | edit]
References[edit source | edit]
- "Chiefs Announce Single-Game Ticket On-Sale Date; Finalize Health and Safety Plans for Fans at Arrowhead". Chiefs.com.
- "10 Quick Facts Following the Chiefs' Week 3 Victory Over Baltimore Upon Further Review". Chiefs.com.
- "10 Quick Facts Following the Chiefs' Week 3 Victory Over Baltimore | Upon Further Review". Chiefs.com.
- "10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs' Week 4 Victory Over New England | Upon Further Review". Chiefs.com.
- "Chiefs clinch fifth straight AFC West title with win over Dolphins; Steelers secure playoff berth". NFL.com.
- Shook, Nick (January 17, 2021). "Chiefs fend off Browns to return to AFC Championship Game". National Football League. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
- "Twitter dumbfounded by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' ranking in NFL Top 100". USAToday.com.
- "Arrowhead Pride to no longer cover NFL Network's "NFL Top 100". ArrowheadPride.com.
- "Players opting out of 2020 NFL season because of coronavirus concerns: Tracking the full list". ESPN.com.
- "Chiefs starter Bashaud Breeland hit with four-game suspension that will keep him off field until October". CBSSports.com.
- "Chiefs' Mike Pennel suspended two games". NBCSports.com.
- Shook, Nick (July 27, 2020). "Roger Goodell writes letter to NFL fans as training camps start across U.S." NFL. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
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