Andy Reid lost his trusty stead in Alex Smith but now has a Ferrari to play with. Loses of Marcus Peters and Smith may look like big loses but there are replacements on the rise.
AFC WEST DIVISION WINNERS: +260 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +1400 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +3300 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 8 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ Los Angeles (Chargers) (+3) Week 9 @ Cleveland(-3)
Week 2 @ Pittsburgh (+7) Week 10 vs. Arizona (-6.5)
Week 3 vs. San Fransisco (-3) Week 11 @ Los Angeles (Rams) (+4.5)
Week 4 @ Denver (+1) Week 12 BYE WEEK
Week 5 vs. Jacksonville (-1) Week 13 @ Oakland (+2.5)
Week 6 @ New England (+7) Week 14 vs. Baltimore (-2)
Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (-4.5) Week 15 vs. Los Angeles (Chargers) (-2)
Week 8 vs. Denver (-4.5) Week 16 @ Seattle (+3)
Week 17 vs. Oakland
The Chiefs have a gauntlet of a schedule. It should be a tough task for Andy Reid and the Chiefs to navigate. However, if they can make it to the playoffs, they will be battle tested.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Chad Henne, Rb Kerwynn Williams, WR Sammy Watkins, DT Xavier Williams, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Kendall Fuller, and CB David Amerson
Subtractions – QB Alex Smith, WR Albert Wilson, DT Bennie Logan, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Tambi Hali, CB Darrelle Revis, and CB Marcus Peters
Draft – DE Breeland Speaks, DT Derrick Nnadi, LB Dorian O’Daniel, S Armani Watts, CB Tremon Smith, DT Kahlil McKenzie
The Kansas City Chiefs moved up in the draft to get Patrick Mahomes, who was sought after by many teams. He had one start and wasn’t overly impressive. It’s well known Patrick has a monster arm, what he develops into remains to be seen. With the weapons around him and Andy Reid’s ability to build winning game plans Mahomes looks primed to take over the starting role.
Kareem Hunt had an unbelievable rookie season. Leading the league in rushing, the rookie looked like a steal out of the draft. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West are strong backups and can help Mahomes development.
The Chiefs went out and got speedster, Sammy Watkins, to open up space for Patricks huge arm. Tyreek Hill is one of the shiftiest players in the entire league and should allow the Chiefs offense to move well. Travis Kelce may be the best tightend in the league with his ability to cause mismatch problems and stay healthy.
Mitchell Schwartz is one of the best tackles in the league and should give them line stability. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif when healthy is also a stud lineman. Mitch Morse if healthy is another strong player along the line. The biggest question here is if the line can remain healthy.
Defensive end Chris Jones had a strong season last season, once moved to the outside of the line his play stepped up. Allen Bailey needs to step up his level of play to help get pressure behind the line this season. Nnadi and Williams will most likely rotate at the nose tackle, which both should be strong players in the middle.
The linebacking core is anchored by Justin Houston. Outside of Houston the linebackers are just an average group. Hitchens seems to make a good deal of tackles but none of the other three are anything special.
Losing Marcus Peters will hurt but drastically improve the locker room. Kendall Fuller should be a solid addition along with David Amerson if he his healthy. Eric Berry returning from injury will be a huge bonus to this team to pair with tackling machine Daniel Sorenson.
Nick Novak has been around for a long time and there is a reason for that. He is consistent as any kicker. Desmond King and Travis Benjamin will be the primary kick returners.
Harrison Butker had a great rookie year after being picked up by the Chiefs. Dustin Colquitt is still one of the best punters in the game. DeAnthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill are incredibly hard to stop in the return game and will continue to man the duty.
This team replaced their quarterback with one that has a higher ceiling as well as rid Peters locker room issues. Kendall Fuller can replace some of what Peters brought and getting Eric Berry back will be huge for Andy Reid. Reid has only had three seasons in his 19 years of head coaching with less than 8 wins. This is a really talented roster and Reid is a really smart coach. No chance the chiefs don’t win 8 games.
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