I’d say that’s pretty fair, considering the amount of turnover the roster faced this off season. The Chiefs lost Dexter McCluster, Branden Albert, Tyson Jackson, Jon Asamoah. and Geoff Schwartz to free agency and every single one of those players made an impact for the team in 2013.
This year, the Chiefs are relying on rookies and first year players with the team to be key contributors.
Players like Travis Kelce, Sanders Commings, Mike Catapano, and Vance Walker will all need to step up in big ways if the Chiefs want to replicate their 2013 campaign. While it is possible for it to happen, it’s all a factor that’s playing into the betting lines that are being set.
The other major factor in all of this has to do with the Chiefs strength of schedule.
Kansas City will be playing the 7th toughest schedule, and THE toughest home schedule, in the NFL this season. They must take on not only their own AFC West opponents twice, but also the NFC West (which features the defending Super Bowl Champs) and the AFC East.
The Chiefs at 8 wins puts them behind the Denver Broncos (11 1/2) above the Raiders (5) and tied with the Chargers (8) within the division. In other words, they see the Chiefs duking it out with San Diego for second place in the west in 2014.
With all of this said, if I were a betting man (and I’m not) I don’t like the over at all and would likely bet the under.
As it stands now, it’s dead even on people betting the over (1,030) and the under (1,031) on Bovada.com.
The Chiefs could exceed expectations much like they did last year but with players gaining experience and the strength of schedule, it’s hard to bet on that happening.
Either way, It’s football season so let the games begin! *Bane Voice*