FRANKFURT, Germany — Entering Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs were not the offensive force they were last season. But tight ends Travis Kelce That’s because the Chiefs are not short of wide receivers.
“This team has all the pieces it needs to be great,” Kelce said Friday after arriving in Frankfurt. “Everybody can talk about what they want to talk about…
“I know we have a team that can put up points, and I know we’ve got the coaches to be able to put us in great positions to be successful, and that’s where we’re going, and it’s just about locking guys in and making those big moments. To be ready when we need them most.”
The 6-2 Chiefs are averaging nearly seven points fewer than last season through eight games. Last week against the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs were held without a touchdown for the third time Patrick Mahomes Became their starting quarterback in 2018.
Kansas City’s wide receivers have come under fire for a lack of production. The Chiefs lead the NFL with 19 dropped passes, mostly by wide receivers. Drops cost the Chiefs a few big plays against the Broncos, including one where Sky Moore Did not make a catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
“If you look at that game, there’s a lot of turnovers and the stats when you turn the ball over, they’re not very high in winning,” Kelce said. The Chiefs committed five turnovers. “So the biggest thing for us is to be able to control those turnovers, to be able to control those dropped passes. There are some missed assignments and I take responsibility for all of that and I think everybody in that locker room on the offensive side has accepted that. Same procedure during the week.”
The Chiefs arrived in Germany after the Dolphins arrived earlier in the week. Kells promised that they would have the power to correct their problems.
“There’s been a lot of talk about us coming here later and maybe not having time to adjust to that time and everything, and I’d say we’ve got a team that we’re ready to roll with,” he said. “Anytime, anywhere, parking lot, beautiful grass or dirt field, we don’t care. It’s all mental for us and we’re ready to rock and roll.”
Kelce played better when Taylor Swift attended Chiefs games. He’s averaging nine catches for 108 yards when he’s watching in person, five for 50 when he’s not.
“I think it’s a coincidence,” Kells said. “I’ve had quite a few big games in my career, so yeah, I think it’s definitely a coincidence.”
He did not say whether he would be in Frankfurt on Sunday.
“When I mention or everybody knows he’s in the game, the over-under style of my catch goes up and down,” he said. “The spread goes up and down. I don’t want to mess with that stuff, so I’m going to keep it to myself.”