The Chiefs (4-5) made biggest jump of any team in our latest rankings, rising from No. 26 to No. 13 in BES Overall after thrashing the Broncos (7-2) in Week 10. The win culminated a three-game streak that has the Chiefs tied for second place in the AFC West and one game shy of .500 headed into Week 11.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Our data below depicts the Chiefs recent ascent after being ranked as low as 32nd in BES Overall in Week 6. As the numbers will show, the biggest improvements for the Chiefs have been on defense, particularly in Point Suppression and Takeaways. As a result they are now prominently ranked third in BES Defense.
|PLAYER: Charcandrick West
IMPACT: Ball Control
Analysis: West is averaging 137.3 total yards from scrimmage per game, second only to Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (155.5) and Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson (144.5). In the wake of Jamaal Charles’ season-ending knee injury, West has provided the Chiefs with comparable production out of the backfield.
|PLAYER: Sean Smith
IMPACT: Pass Pressure, Takeaways
Analysis: Despite missing the first three games of the season due to suspension, Smith has nine passes defensed, seven shy of the career-best 16 he had in 2014. Since returning, he has two interceptions and has bolstered the Chiefs pass coverage ability thus also aiding their pass rush.
NEXT THREE UP:
Here’s a look at the Chiefs next three opponents and their respective BES scores from our Week 10 BES Rankings. The Chiefs will host the Bills while traveling to confront the Chargers and Raiders.