Talk is that the Kansas City Chiefs will win the division title this season…
That makes sense after finally winning a playoff game last year. Especially after head coach Andy Reid‘s team started out 1-5 and reeled off 10 straight wins to make it to the dance.
Nobody saw that one coming.
Plus the Chiefs did it without Justin Houston and star running back Jamaal Charles – both were injured. However ESPN placed them as the 16th best team going into this season with Denver – that lost its star quarterback – winning the division again and perhaps the AFC.
Fans are hopeful but as always not confident.
Everyone is on a wait and see basis.
The core stars on this team are seeing the window for a Super Bowl starting to close.
QB Alex Smith and Charles may be in their last couple of years on offense with the Chiefs. In fact, Andy has placed Nick Foles, one of his favorite guys at backup quarterback behind Alex…just in case.
The Chiefs had a nice running attack without Charles last season headed up by Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.
The Chiefs defense may also be seeing that same window closing with the aging of Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and question marks surrounding the future of Eric Berry.
They do have the young guys stepping in like Marcus Peters on defense and Travis Kielce on offense. And I have my eye on wide out Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley. There are plenty of others on their way up as well.
However, it seems the burden of Get r done rests both on Alex Smith and his offense, as well as seeing if the Kansas City defense can match up with teams like Denver and Pittsburgh in the AFC.
Smith has been a decent quarterback, but now he needs to be even better if Kansas City is going to go to a Super Bowl or even an AFC title game.
The talent seems to be there.
KC is returning almost everyone from last year except Sean Smith and a banged up linebacking group without Houston to start the season. We all know for a defense to be a stopper you have to put pressure on the other teams quarterback. Can we?
Las Vegas has KC winning 9-10 games, a borderline playoff team.
There is fear that Oakland might be on the rise as well.
The Chargers should have a down year, but you just never know.
Too early to make any predictions.
I do think KC might have the best overall team we’ve seen in a couple decades. We haven’t been to an AFC title game since the 1993 season with Joe Montana. Wow. And no Super Bowl since the 1969 season with Len Dawson.
We’re definitely due!