The NFL preseason kicks off in just a few weeks and KC Chiefs fans are pumped up and ready to go! While last year’s 11-5 season was an amazing turnaround, 2014 is going to be much more difficult for the Chiefs.
People might say I’m a bit of a pessimist going into this season, and I think I have every right to be. Did you see the implosion of the Chiefs towards the end of 2013? Because if you did, you might be panicking too.
This team had no defense whatsoever in the back half of the year. It was like once Justin Houston was injured, the defense forgot how to play good football. A lot of that was on the secondary (especially in that horrid playoff game), but it’s still a scary thought.
How can the Chiefs win games against teams like Denver and New England if the defense can’t stop the ball?
On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs needed the most help at wide receiver. So naturally when the draft comes around, they decide not to draft any receivers. Yeah, that’s a swell idea. Granted I do like the Dee Ford pick (and I do complain about the defense a lot), but I think the Chiefs should have picked up at least ONE wide receiver in the draft.
Who does Kansas City have at the moment for Alex Smith to throw to? For wide receivers, Dwayne Bowe is the so-called “go to guy” but he had one of his worst seasons last year. The other guys are Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins, and new guy Weston Dressler. Boy I feel better already (that’s definitely sarcasm).
Luckily the offense has shining star running back Jamaal Charles and what should be a stellar tight end team of Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce. Throw in Knile Davis and Sean McGrath and I’d say the running backs and tight ends look good to go.
Another thing to point out for this season is that the Chiefs have the seventh toughest schedule heading into 2014. While Kansas City will play their typical rivals in Denver, Oakland, and San Diego in six games, they also have to face the NFC West, the AFC East, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee.
Last year, the Chiefs went 2-4 in the AFC West, sweeping the Raiders but being swept by the other two teams. This is not a promising sign for a team that wants to take control of the division. In my mind, there’s not a strong chance for the Chiefs to win the AFC West while Peyton Manning is the quarterback for the Broncos.
As for the other games, the NFC West might very well be the toughest division in the NFL. With the defending champ Seahawks, the always intimidating 49ers, up and coming Rams, and surprisingly decent Cardinals, it’s hard not to be scared of this division. Last time the Chiefs played this division, they went 4-0. I think they’ll be lucky to go 2-2 this time around.
When it comes to the AFC East, I’m only really concerned about the Patriots. Tom Brady is one of the best in the history of pro football, and it won’t be easy squeaking out a win against him on a Monday Night game in Arrowhead. The Bills always seem to give the Chiefs trouble too, and the Dolphins and Jets both torched KC last time they met in 2011.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Chiefs fan, but I’m honest when it comes to my outlook on the season. I think the team will be lucky to go 8-8 in 2014, but even that will be a tough goal. There’s no room for bad secondary play or dropping passes, this team needs to show up each and every game if they want a chance at heading back to the playoffs.
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