'You have to be' concerned about Chiefs' woes, says HOF'er Dan Fouts


Through five weeks of action, the Los Angeles Chargers -- led by a rookie coach and a second-year quarterback -- hold the AFC's top seed, and look primed to win their first division title since 2009. A sight for fans' sore eyes.

So, where does this leave the slumping Kansas City Chiefs, which are under .500 and currently cellar dwellers in the standings? The answer is vulnerable, according to Hall of Fame quarterback and Chargers legend Dan Fouts.

"I think you have to be [concerned]. They've given up a lot of yards and a lot of points," Fouts told The Zach Gelb Show on Thursday. "And it appears that, defensively, teams have -- I'm not going to say that they have the answer to Mahomes, Hill, and Kelce -- but the numbers aren't there, as we're used to seeing. So, we'll have to keep a look on them. Andy Reid has done a great job his entire career, but they do have some major question marks, so far."

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Although the Chiefs' offense ranks top-five in both average points and yards, Patrick Mahomes hasn't resembled his MVP-caliber self. He's already thrown as many interceptions as he did all of last season (6), and according to PFF, he's completing 68-percent of passes and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt against non-blitzing defenses -- numbers akin to Kirk Cousins. Their offense is also tied for the league lead in turnovers, with 11.

To make matters worse, the Chiefs have played appalling defense -- the unit currently ranks dead last in the NFL in points (32.6), 31st in yards (437.4), and 31st in turnover differential (minus-7). In their 38-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, MVP candidate Josh Allen carved up defenders at will, scoring four total touchdowns.

Kansas City (2-3) will visit the Washington Football Team (2-3) in a Week 6 matchup on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Chiefs have a 64-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 19-percent chance to win the AFC West.

The entire NFL conversation between Fouts and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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