Last years Chiefs were 11-5 under first-year head coach Andy Reid. Considering they were 2-14 the year before this is one of, if not the biggest, turn around’s in NFL history,
No question Jamaal Charles is the biggest offensive weapon on the team, and one of the deadliest running backs in the game. That is…if he can stay healthy. In 2011 he suffered an ACL injury in week 2 and was out for the year. Recently he injured his foot moving out of a camp dorm, but should be good to go for the start of the season.
Alex Smith became a huge upgrade at quarterback for this team in his first year as a Chief throwing for 3.313 yards, 23 TDs and only 7 INT’s. Not bad for a sub par receiving core led by inconsistent Dwayne Bowe. KC didn’t have one player even close to having a 1000 yards last year. Other then Charles this is a unimpressive offense overall.
Defensively this is a tough team, 5th in the NFL in points allowed, in a very powerful offensive division. Linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston lead the charge of a sack happy defense with ll sacks each. Both guys were banged up last year so if they can stay healthy expect that number to increase.
As hot as this team started last season (with a record of 9-0) they faltered down the stretch, going 2-5. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Chiefs blew a 28 point lead against the Colts in the wildcard playoff round, the second biggest playoff comeback in history (the Bills came back from a 32 point halftime deficit against the Houston Oilers in 1992) So how good were they really?
Entertaining as it was to watch this team make such a big turn around last year, I don’t believe they can do it again. Three of Alex’s Smith starting offensive linemen are gone, and as good as the defense is I expect seasoned veteran quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers to find ways to exploit them. They will probably be 3rd in the division.
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