[2017 NFL Preview] Kansas City Chiefs

We are more than halfway through these things!

Are you as excited for today’s preview as myself?

Probably not. I’m excited because I’m a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. If you’re reading this you’re also either a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs or you just want to see how much of a homer column this is.

ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT BITCHES!!!!!!!

LEZZZZZZZZZZZ DOOOOOOOOOOOO DISSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

2017 NFL Preview

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 2-14 (2012), 11-5 (2013), 9-7 (2014), 11-5 (2015), 12-4 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2015 Wild Card vs. Houston

Last Playoff Appearance: 2016 Divisional vs. Pittsburgh

Super Bowl Wins: Super Bowl IV

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl IV

 

The Head Coach:

Andy Reid

Coaching Record: 173-114-1

Playoff Record: 11-12

Grade: B

 

2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Alex Smith (3,502), Alex Smith (15)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Spencer Ware (921), Alex Smith (5)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Travis Kelce (1,125), Tyreek Hill (6)

Tackles: Derrick Johnson (90)

Interceptions: Marcus Peters (6)

 

2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • ELITE
  • GREAT
  • GOOD
  • NOT GOOD
  • ROOKIE
  • HORRIBLE

Offense:

QB: Alex Smith

RB: Spencer Ware

FB: Anthony Sherman

WR: Tyreek Hill

WR: Chris Conley

TE: Travis Kelce

LT: Eric Fisher

RT: Mitchell Schwartz

RG: Bryan Witzmann

LG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

OC: Mitch Morse

Defense:

DE: Chris Jones

DE: Allen Bailey

DT: Bennie Logan

LB: Derrick Johnson

LB: Ramik Wilson

LB: Justin Houston

LB: Dee Ford

CB: Marcus Peters

CB: Terrance Mitchell

FS: Ron Parker

SS: Eric Berry

 

The Schedule:

vs. @ New England Patriots (September 7)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles (September 17)

vs. @ Los Angeles Chargers (September 24)

vs. Washington Redskins (October 2)

vs. @ Houston Texans (October 8)

vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (October 15)

vs. @ Oakland Raiders (October 19)

vs. Denver Broncos (October 30)

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (November 5)

BYE WEEK

vs. @ New York Giants (November 19)

vs. Buffalo Bills (November 26)

vs. @ New York Jets (December 3)

vs. Oakland Raiders (December 10)

vs. Los Angeles Chargers (December 16)

vs. Miami Dolphins (December 24)

vs. @ Denver Broncos (December 31)

 

Three Things I Like About The Chiefs This Season:

-One Of The NFL’s Best Rosters: Before former GM John Dorsey lost his job this summer for unknown reasons, he quietly put together one of the NFL’s best rosters. Dorsey is known for his eye for talent and it once again showed with his re-build of this Chiefs team. If Kansas City had an elite quarterback like a Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers, I would probably be tempted to have them go 16-0. Unfortunately, they don’t have that elite QB…..yet!

-Patrick Mahomes: For the first time in the history of my fandom with the Chiefs, I get to see a first-round QB play for my favorite NFL team! To say I’m excited about Patrick Mahomes would be an understatement. The Chiefs haven’t drafted a QB in the first-round since Todd Blackledge in 1983. I was born in 1981! It’s pretty obvious that the Chiefs know what their main weakness is and they went out and tried to fix it this off-season. I don’t know if Mahomes is going to play much this season or not, but Chiefs fans will be waiting in anticipation to see if he does.

-The Defense: I mentioned earlier that the Chiefs have a great overall roster, but the strength of the team is the defense by far. The only weakness is Allen Bailey in my opinion. Justin Houston is one of the NFL’s best (if not THE best) pass-rushers when he’s fully healthy. And guess what? He’s fully healthy this season! His presence alone is going to be a huge bonus for Kansas City’s defense. The Chiefs also have a tremendous secondary. Eric Berry is one of the NFL’s best players at that position. Ron Parker is extremely underrated. And of course there’s the corners. Marcus Peters has blossomed into a turnover machine and a guy you don’t want to throw the ball at. The Chiefs also struck a little bit of gold last season when they signed Terrance Mitchell as a free agent and he had a good little season. I’m excited to see what he can do with this defense as well this season. Grab the Chiefs defense in fantasy. They’ll be fantastic once again.

 

Three Things I Hate About The Chiefs This Season:

-Alex Smith: I’ve mentioned plenty of times already in these previews that in the NFL, you’re only as good as your QB. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Alex Smith is a good QB, but not a great one. He’s shown that he can take teams to the playoffs in the past, but you’re never going to win a Super Bowl with Smith as the man at QB. I’ve been mentioning on Twitter lately that the Jacksonville Jaguars should offer a first-round pick to the Chiefs for Alex Smith and if I was Kansas City, I’d do that in a heart beat. Take the first-rounder from Jacksonville and let Mahomes take his bumps. The Smith Era has ran it’s course for me.

-The Schedule: There have been a lot of different numbers thrown around regarding how the Chiefs will finish this season. Most people seem to think the Chiefs will fall to 8-8 on the year due to the difficulty of their schedule and yes….it’s a tough one. Things get nasty right away when Kansas City travels to New England to kick the season off. Good luck with that one. Then there’s a six stretch of games in the middle of the season where KC has to go to Houston, then back home to play Pittsburgh, then off to Oakland, back home to play Denver, off to play Dallas, then a MUCH NEEDED bye week, and they finish off the tough slate with a trip to play to the New York Giants. There’s a real possibility that KC goes 1-5 in that stretch of games. If that happens it could be SEASON OVER and PATRICK MAHOMES TIME!!!! Don’t let me down Alex Smith.

-Lack Of Offensive Skill Players: Don’t get me wrong. The Chiefs have some good offensive skills players. Tyreek Hill is about to go off on the NFL from what I hear from NFL experts. There’s a reason the Chiefs were fine letting a good wide receiver like Jeremy Maclin walk in the off-season. Tyreek Hill is the real deal. Unfortunately, outside of Hill and Travis Kelce, KC is lacking really good skills players. The running backs were kind of a disappointment last season and KC has no good wide receivers outside of Hill. KC is really going to need an unexpected player to come out of nowhere and take that next step if they are going to take that next step as a team.

 

The Prediction:

11-5

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