Kansas City Chiefs Already Being Overlooked in AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs won the highly competitive AFC West in 2016 with a 12-4 record. Somehow though, they’re already being overlooked in the division and the NFL offseason literally just began.

As KC Chiefs fans, we’re typically used to our favorite football team being overlooked time and time again.

Even with that said, however, it still hurts when after a season where the team won 12 games, swept the most difficult AFC West we’ve seen in years, and had the two-seed in the playoffs, that they’re looked at as the third best team in the division heading into 2017.

Well, guess what, Chiefs Kingdom? The 2018 Super Bowl odds were released on Monday morning and the Kansas City Chiefs are listed behind the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders when it comes to the best odds to win the big game next year.

Normally I scoff at these type of tweets so early on during the offseason, but this one irritates me for some reason. I guess I should be used to the Chiefs being counted out every year because honestly… It’s not hard to see why.

The Chiefs had the two-seed in the playoffs and didn’t play up to their seed. That’s why the Steelers deserve to be ahead of them on these odds. They won the game without scoring a freakin’ touchdown.

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The Patriots obviously make sense because they’ve won ten percent of the Super Bowls that have taken place.

Green Bay is always going to be a Super Bowl contender with Aaron Rodgers in town and the Seahawks are one of those teams that are just always contending as well.

Seeing that the Broncos, who had a horrendous offense last season and an even worse run defense than Kansas City had, be higher than the Chiefs is painful.

Their secondary is one of the best, but their quarterback struggles showed big time last season, and while not everyone in Kansas City loves Alex Smith, he’s way better than the options Denver had to work with last year.

Seeing Oakland behind the Broncos was surprising to me too. I assumed everyone would be betting high on them for next season after seeing how good they were in 2016. Derek Carr will be healthy (well, he should be anyway), and they’ll have the whole offseason to work the kinks out in the defense.

With that said, the Chiefs swept the Raiders last year and have had their number. They have owned Oakland since Carr joined them in 2014.

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Hey, a 20/1 shot isn’t awful though. Just kind of sucks seeing two division rivals with greater Super Bowl odds even though you whooped up on both of them last season and won the division.

Who really cares about gambling though?