Not many people had high expectations for the KC Chiefs going into the 2013 season. They were coming off a 2-14 record in 2012 and were the worst team in the NFL that year. After hiring a new head coach in Andy Reid and a new general manger in John Dorsey, the team was looking to get back into the playoff hunt for 2013.
The Chiefs did indeed reach the playoffs last year after an incredible 9-0 start. Things went downhill after the bye week, but it was still an impressive season for Kansas City after playing so poorly in 2012.
Call me pessimistic, but I don’t have a good feeling about this upcoming season. The Chiefs had a good first part of the season last year because they were playing weaker teams, and even then Kansas City still almost blew some of those games. 2014′s schedule calls for much tougher competitors and it will be extremely important for the Chiefs to not lose the so called “easy” games.
This year’s schedule calls for games against the division rivals (two of whom made the playoffs last year and handed Kansas City four of their five regular season losses), Tennessee, Pittsburgh, the AFC East, and the NFC West. Denver and San Diego will give the Chiefs some trouble as will the entire NFC West. Not to mention the Patriots, who are slated for an early season Monday Night game at Arrowhead.
While the schedule is scary, the main thing I’m worried about this season is the defense. Sure, the Chiefs have a terrific crop of linebackers in Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and the newly acquired Dee Ford (well, let’s hope that he’s terrific), but the defense had its fair share of problems at the end of the 2013 season.
Another lingering question is what type of offense will show up for the KC Chiefs? Will it be the offense in the first half of the season that couldn’t score if their lives depended on it or will it be the high scoring group of guys from the back half of the year? Obviously I’m hoping for the second option, but you never know.
It’s tough to be confident in the offense when the Chiefs don’t have a legitimate number two receiver. Even their number one receiver isn’t the most reliable guy and it’s scary to think about. Jamaal Charles was the team’s leading receiver in 2013 and he’s the running back. Dwayne Bowe and company need to step it up this year, but that’s a statement that all Chiefs fans are saying.
In my mind, the Chiefs will be lucky if they can finish with eight wins. More are doable obviously, but this schedule is no joke and Kansas City can’t play the way they did last year and expect to make it to the playoffs.
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