The Kansas City Chiefs had a solid first year under Head Coach Andy Ried as they went 11-5 on the year but last year they missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. This the Chiefs have their win total set at 8.5 (O -130). Vegas odds have the Chiefs listed at +450, and +1800 to win the AFC Title and +4000 to win Superbowl 50. A preview of the Kansas City Chiefs along with their 2015 Schedule are below.
Last year the Chiefs offense was ranked 16th in scoring, at 22.1 ppg, while also ranking 25th in total yards (318.8 ypg), 29th in passing (198.9 ypg) and 10th in rushing (119.9 ypg). The Chiefs offense was rather average last year, but they should be an improved group this year. Alex Smith was not great last year as the Chiefs finished 29th in passing, but he also didn't have a ton of talent to work with at the skill positions and Jamaal Charles did miss some time and also played hurt the rest of the time. Still he did finish with 1300 yards, while playing much on the year on one leg. He should get back to putting up monster numbers this year, especially since he will be healthier and running behind a very solid OL. The WR Corps has some good young talent, and now added to the mix is Jeremy Maclin, who was their biggest offeseason acquisition. He immediately upgrades the passing game, to go along with Albert Wilson and Jason Avant, plus 3rd round pick Chris Conely, who is very a very speedy and talented WR. This is some of the better weapons that Alex Smith has had in his career and I see a much improved Kanss City offense this year.
Defensively the Chiefs ranked 2nd in points allowed (17.6 ppg), 7th in yards allowed (330.5 ypg), 2nd vs the pass (203.2 ypg) and 28th vs the run (127.2 ypg). The Defense was very good for the Chiefs last year, but injuries did take their toll and they seemed to wear down down the stretch. Derrick Johnson was a huge loss for the team, especially vs the run, but he should be back at full strength this year to anchor a LB corp that also returns Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, plus has added Ramik Wilson and D.J. Alexander, who both may work their way into the starting lineup. The Front wall for this team will get a boost from the return Mike Devito, who was lost last year in week 1. Dontari Poe is the iron man of this defense and has led all interior linemen in snaps played the last 2 year. You can always expect 4 quarters of solid play from him. The Secondary was very good last year as they ranked 2nd vs the pass and they should be just as good this year, but they do have a couple of concerns early. 1 is the Health of Eric Berry, who may not be able to go at the start of the season and the other is how long will CB Sean Smith be out as he is expected to receive a multi-game suspension for a drunk driving charge in the offseason. The Chiefs did take a couple of CBs with their first two selections in the draft, which will help early on in the year and then will add depth as the season goes on. This is a good defense once again.
The Chiefs are a solid team this year, but the do have a concern at center, plus how well will their returning injured players play on defense. Overall the offense will be better as Alex Smith has a year under his belt in this system and he also has some very good weapons to work with in the passing game. Having a healthy Jamaal Charles is a huge plus as well. The Defense looks to be strong again and, especially the LB corps and the secondary, but the secondary could take some time to come around, especially if Smith and Berry are out for a prolonged amount of time. The DL is solid but not spectacular. The schedule is not great and they do draw the NFC North as well, which looks to be very tough this year. Still the Chiefs will be right there contending for a playoff berth this year and if the Broncos sputter at all I wouldn't be surprised to see this team overtake them. I say this team tops their posted win total of 8.5.
Info Gathered From Scout.com & Athlon Sports
2015 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule
Sept. 13 at Houston Texans, 1
Sept. 17 Denver Broncos (Thu), 8:25
Sept. 28 at Green Bay Packers (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Oct. 11 Chicago Bears, 1
Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Oct. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Nov. 1 Detroit Lions (London) 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 15 at Denver Broncos, 4:25
Nov. 22 at San Diego Chargers*, 8:30
Nov. 29 Buffalo Bills, 1
Dec. 6 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Dec. 13 San Diego Chargers, 1
Dec. 20 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 27 Cleveland Browns, 1
Jan. 3 Oakland Raiders, 1
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