Yeah, I said it. The Kansas City Chiefs will go, AND win, the super bowl. It’s only week five but the Chiefs are a very deep team, and they can go the distance. Looking at their schedule I can confidently say the Chiefs will go 14-2. The only bumps in the road I see are the Pittsburgh Steelers week 6, and the Denver Broncos the last week of the season. In their division, the AFC West, the only team the Chiefs have to worry about is the Oakland Raiders. The Denver Broncos are a 3-1 fluke. Trevor Siemian CANNOT carry this team to the playoffs. The Denver defense can, but he will muck it up for them down the road.
The Chiefs already smacked the New England Patriots week one, and if they keep winning they will claim home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Not to mention the Patriots defense has been exposed, and a 40 year old Tom Brady can’t carry the team like he did last year. Let’s be real. The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t have their full roster by the time the playoffs come around. I can 100% say, somebody on that team will fail a drug test midseason. Just being honest.
This is the year the Kansas City Chiefs will take the crown. This is why the Chiefs will be champs.
Offering a different aspect to why I believe this team will go far; back-up quarterback, Patrick Mahomes II. Mahomes II was their 2017 top ten draft pick. His play in the preseason had a lot of sports analysts, and fans, questioning if starting QB, Alex Smith’s, job was in danger. Entering his 13th season, Alex Smith felt the young Mahomes on his heels, and this lit a fire under him. Week one was arguably one of Smith’s greatest games in the NFL against Tom Brady and the Patriots. With a QB rating of 148.5, Smith threw for 4 touchdowns and completed 80% of his passes, racking up 368 yards for the win.
Quick fact: Smith threw for 15 touchdowns the entire 2016 campaign; he already has 8 in four weeks.
I’m not sure if it’s because Mahomes is breathing down his neck, or if Smith doesn’t think he will even be on the Chiefs roster next season. Smith isn’t playing like a game-manager this season. Everything seems to be falling in place for him; his offense’s production is second in the league to New England’s. Smith hasn’t thrown an interception all year, and according to NFL.com, Smith is the front runner for the leagues MVP race.
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To the astonishment of many, this is the only position I’m worried about with the Chiefs. The Chiefs went from future H.O.F, Jamaal Charles, and a solid back-up in Spencer Ware, to having a rookie running the show. Third round 2017 draft pick, Kareem Hunt, has been a jack of all trades these first four weeks. He leads the league in rushing yards with 502 yards; the next closes is Los Angeles Rams, Todd Gurley, with 362 yards.
Quick fact: The second leading rusher on the Chiefs is Alex Smith with 89 yards.
Averaging 7.4 yards per-carry, Hunt has made hisself a threat, running and catching out of the backfield. Hill and Tight end, Travis Kelce, are leading the team in receptions with 21. Chiefs also have four year vet, Charcandrick West, who hopes to see more touches in 2017, but it’s still yet to be seen. Hunt can’t do it all on his own though, it’s clear that the team needs more talent, and a veteran presence wouldn’t hurt. The Chiefs had veteran C.J. Spiller, but he was recently cut, again, to promote third year running back, Akeem Hunt.
The Chiefs have an extremely unorthodox receiving corp; but its working. Second year stud, Tyreek Hill, looks to be the team’s best offensive weapon. This year, the Chiefs receiving corp will have a breakout season. Demarcus Robinson has shown his value as a return candidate, and a possession receiver. 4th year WR, Albert Wilson, has solidified himself as the team’s number two receiver. Getting crucial first downs when needed, Chris Conley has been frequently finding the first down marker for Alex Smith thus far.
But you can’t forget Smith’s favorite target, Travis Kelce. Already with 21 grabs in 4 games, Kelce is looking to have another pro-bowl season. His efforts in week two against the Eagles helped the Chiefs snag a nail biting win, 27-20. Kelce has been Alex Smith’s safety blanket for the last three seasons. With the emergence of the Chiefs receivers, Kelce looks to have less pressure on him, freeing him up for more touchdowns and hip end-zone dances. (See “Chicken Head” gif above)
The Big Uglies:
Alex Smith has already been sacked 16 times in four weeks. The offensive line has been a bit shaky, to say the least, but you can’t blame the line for ALL of those sacks. Eric Fisher has been a good pass protector, which is great for Smith’s blind-side, but he needs to limit the penalties. Mitchell Schawartz’s excels in both pass protection and the run, at the right tackle position. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, right guard, had the fifth best pass blocking efficiency in the NFL last season. Mitch Morse, center, is quickly becoming one of the best centers in the league, and is on his way to being a pro-bowl player this season.
Bryan Witzmann spent 2015 cut from the 53-man roster of the Houston Texans; in 2016, he was cut from the final 53-man roster of the Dallas Cowboys. He’s been given a third chance by the Chiefs, and is starting due to injuries. Parker Ehinger tore his ACL in week 8 last year. When healthy, he is a promising pass-blocker, and very good in run situations.
Bennie Logan, 2017 free agent, should be an upgrade over Dontari Poe. The notable run stuffer already has a sack this year and is in a contract year so he will be very motivated. In year 13, Derrick Johnson, looks like he’s been aging backwards. The all-pro linebacker already has 17 tackles on the season. Justin Houston is the heart and soul of the defense. Now that he’s fully healthy he should have a monster year; he already has four sacks in just four weeks. Marcus Peters is a budding superstar cornerback who is primed to have another solid year for the Chiefs. He already has a forced fumble and interception, for the Chiefs defense. Since Eric Berry’s season ending injury in week one, Ron Parker is demanding respect. At the safety position, he’s the team’s leading tackler after two games. The secondary for the Chief’s looks to be amongst the top in the league even after the loss of Eric Berry.
I can’t go without talking about Big Red himself; that’s right, can’t forget to talk about the man holding it all together: Andy Reid. In the five years coach Reid has taken over as head coach, the Chiefs have a 47-21 record. Over the summer Andy Reid signed a contract extension with the team. With a .691 winning percentage, coach Reid hasn’t had a losing season with the Chiefs. It looks like the Big Red has all the pieces to go the distance this season, let’s see if he can make it happen.