The Kansas City Chiefs will go 10-6, win the West and win one playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Yes sir, you can count on Sports Illustrated to get it right. King has the Chiefs winning the West, with Denver and Peyton Manning also going 10-6, being a wild card and ending up in the Super Bowl.
Then Denver loses to Green Bay for the championship.
What do I think now that the preseason is done after tonight’s Packers game?
The Chiefs will struggle and if all goes well and everyone gets healthy, maybe they can compete at some point, but not now. Why? Quarterback Matt Cassel, a poor defense with way too many injuries, lack of leadership and no wide receiver play to speak of.
The Chiefs play Atlanta here (likely a loss) to open the season. We go to the Bills, I think a loss, but let’s give the Chiefs a win to be open minded. Then we go to New Orleans, another loss. We play the Chargers at KC, likely another loss. Then Baltimore, a loss, and at Tampa – I’ll give them a win there.
So we start out 2-4….not good.
We play Oakland here – they own us – but let’s give KC a win. At the Chargers, another loss. At Pittsburgh, a loss. Then we come home to play the Bengals, a likely loss, but let’s give the Chiefs a win there (not likely). We follow with the Broncos, a loss if Manning is healthy. We then face Cam Newton and the Panthers…a loss. Chiefs at Cleveland, OK, a win there. At Oakland, tough but a win. Then we face Andrew Luck and the Colts…maybe a win… and we close at Denver with Manning, a loss.
So we finish 7-9.
I can see that.
Matt the Franchise, is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL, bottom five. Scott Pioli knows this now, but he’s done nothing about it for four years. That alone should call for Pioli’s firing. This team has talent but nobody to help guide the players
Now let’s look at what we all thought would be the Chiefs strengths.
Defense. We know we have no backfield, both starting corners on one side are down and we gave away one to Dallas. We have the Oakland guy trying on the other side. Both safeties are hurt and Eric Berry does not look good yet. Kendrick Lewis may be out for who knows how long with a shoulder injury and Brandon Flowers has that dreaded heel injury that may take him out for the season (and even if he plays it will slow him down).
Now starting middle nose tackle Anthony Toribio is out, so we start the rookie Dontari Poe. He looks lost (you can count on a few long runs right over his butt in game one). This is not to mention NO DEFENSIVE LINE. Tyson Jackson is a HUGE BUST and so is Glen Dorsey -they give up 6 yards a run so far, not good. And Tamba Hali, our best defender, is out game one and might have some off the field issues that are in his head – who knows?
I think with all this mess we’ll be lucky to be 7-9.
Our strength is the running game, play fakes and well, that’s it so far.
The linebackers could be good when the smoke clears at some point. Matt can’t throw deep so the wide outs will be used only here and there.
Maybe the biggest issue of all…..MATT GETS HURT OFTEN….he is injury prone, folks. If he goes down, bad as he is…now you got BRODY CROYLE…good night….sorry I mean’t BRADY QUINN…same difference. Good night.
The bottom line: the Chiefs tie Oakland for last place.
WE WILL BUILD FOR THE FUTURE with no quarterback.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN WATCHING…WITHOUT AN OUTSTANDING QUARTERBACK YOU GO NOWHERE…THE GAME HAS CHANGED. IT’S THE PASSING LEAGUE AND WE CAN’T PASS..end of story.
Thanks, Peter King.
P.S. King wrote that prediction three weeks ago, before the Chiefs looked horrible. I’m sure today he wouldn’t pick KC to win the West or much of anything else.