There were so many highs and lows for the Chiefs in 2017 that it almost felt like three separate seasons. Andy Reid’s squad kicked off the season with a shocking 42-27 upset of the New England Patriots as 8 point underdogs, and then went on to win each of their next four to get out to a perfect 5-0 start.
They then went on to drop six of their next seven games to give the Los Angeles Chargers a ray of hope in winning the division. The offense went dormant and sports talk radio was calling for Reid’s head. All the veteran coach did was lead the team to four straight wins with three of them coming against division opposition to close out the season.
In doing so, they got what looked to be a cushy wild card round matchup at home against a Tennessee Titans squad many believed didn’t deserve to get in. It certainly looked that way the first 30 minutes when the Chiefs took a 21-3 lead into halftime, but the game turned dramatically in the second half when Travis Kelce went down with a game ending injury. KC ended up getting shutout in the second half and went on to fall by a 22-21 final count.
The playoff loss opened the door for the Patrick Mahomes III regime to take over. Alex Smith was shown the door, so the former Texas Tech standout now has the keys to an offense that could prove to be one of the most explosive the game has to offer in 2018. Back to tote the rock is Kareem Hunt. The second year player proved to be a duel-threat a year ago in rushing for over 1300 yards while reeling in passes for another 455. In all, the former Toledo Rocket hit pay dirt 11 times as a rookie!
Kelce and the diminutive Tyreke Hill are back as the two main targets, but Sammy Watkins enters the mix as a solid fourth offensive threat. Mahomes has a ton of talent and Reid is a quarterback guru. I’m not expecting much of any drop-off to occur with KC’s offense. In fact, it might be even better!
The problem with last year’s team, and it was a big one, was the defense. That’s something upper management took head on this past offseason by bringing in a ton of new bodies on that side of the ball both via the draft and in free agency. The straw that ultimately stirs the drink could once again be Eric Berry. The guy is a defensive star that makes Kansas City’s stop unit more formidable whenever he’s on the field. Unfortunately, he’s been extremely injury prone. Should he be able to stay relatively healthy, KC is going to obliterate its defensive outputs from last season.
Linemakers have tabbed the Chiefs with an 8.5 game season win total. I think that’s preposterous. LA is getting a ton of pub, while many believe the Broncos will return to relevance. When’s the last time the Chargers ever lived up to expectations? Denver needs much more than a quarterback to once again become a player in the division. Though the schedule is tough, I’d be shocked if this team wasn’t able to find a way to tally nine wins. In Andy Reid I trust! In the regular season that is…
Week 1: Chiefs at Chargers, Sunday, September 9, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Chiefs at Steelers, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: 49ers at Chiefs, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Chiefs at Broncos, Monday, October 1, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 5: Jaguars at Chiefs, Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Chiefs at Patriots, Sunday, October 14, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 7: Bengals at Chiefs, Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Broncos at Chiefs, Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Chiefs at Browns, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Cardinals at Chiefs, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Chiefs at Rams, Monday, November 19, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 12: Bye Week
Week 13: Chiefs at Raiders, Sunday, December 2, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Ravens at Chiefs, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Chargers at Chiefs, Thursday, December 13, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Chiefs at Seahawks, Sunday, December 23, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 17: Raiders at Chiefs, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET - CBS
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