Ever since Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback for the Chiefs they’ve been a official Tremendous Bowl contender.
Final yr they misplaced within the AFC Championship Sport to Cincinnati after which shook issues up this offseason by dealing main receiver Tyreek Hill to Miami, fairly than pay him a monster deal. Hill is a superb expertise however the offense nonetheless has greater than most and Mahomes continues to be on the top of his powers.
Kansas Metropolis introduced in a few greater receivers to fill the void in Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The offense will look a little bit completely different than it has previously however what they actually need is extra on protection. (They nonetheless have the league’s greatest tight finish too.)
Final yr they have been twenty seventh in whole protection and that’s the place they should enhance if they’re going to get again to the Tremendous Bowl (or exceed this win whole), particularly since they’re taking part in in the very best division within the NFL proper now. The bottom line is going to be how their secondary comes collectively lacking security Tyrann Mathieu, who led the staff in interceptions and set the tone for the protection.
If they may get extra warmth on opposing quarterbacks it could assist and that was the concept in drafting high-motor edge rusher George Karlaftis.
Kansas Metropolis has grow to be a play-on staff and that takes away a number of the worth at instances.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs Win Totals
Over 10.5 (-115)
Beneath 10.5 (-105)
Finest Guess: Beneath 10.5
There’s a lot to love about Kansas Metropolis and with Mahomes main the way in which they’re a tough staff to wager in opposition to from sport to sport. Nonetheless, in opposition to the schedule they must play, it’s exhausting to see them successful as many video games as they did a yr in the past.
The start of the schedule is simply brutal. They begin on the highway in opposition to Arizona and have 3 of their first 4 video games away from Arrowhead Stadium. All of these video games are losable too (Arizona, then at Indianapolis, and at Tampa Bay). The lone dwelling sport respite is a Thursday nighter in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. An 0-4 begin is unlikely however an actual chance.
After that stretch, they’ve 3 video games earlier than their bye, dwelling to Las Vegas and Buffalo after which at San Francisco. If they do not get that win in opposition to the Raiders at dwelling this might be a very tumultuous season. Enjoying the AFC West and taking over the NFC West too is a serious problem (plus a first-place schedule).
Within the second half of their schedule, there are some gimme video games like internet hosting Jacksonville and Seattle and a go to to Houston. Additionally they play each of final yr’s Tremendous Bowl individuals (the Los Angeles Rams at dwelling and the Cincinnati Bengals on the highway) and have all three of their interdivisional highway video games late within the season.
That is only a actually powerful schedule to try to exceed expectations in opposition to. There are going to be quite a lot of video games the place the Chiefs may really play nicely and nonetheless come up brief. They may not be favored in as many video games as they’ve been previously however no staff is a extra harmful underdog actually.
I’m leaning to the beneath however I’m going to confess this isn’t essentially the most assured play. I see them proper at 9 or 10 wins.