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The Chiefs’ 2013 Outlook
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On August 23, 2013 @ 10:59 am In Commentary | 1 Comment
It’s almost time for football season, and that means it’s time to take a look at where the Kansas City Chiefs stand heading into the 2013 campaign. It’s an exciting year for Chiefs fans, as a few new additions will start working to turn the direction of the franchise around. Most notably, newcomer QB Alex Smith (grab his jersey at the KC Chiefs shop) will attempt to jumpstart the offense under new head coach Andy Reid. So what’s in store for the new-look Chiefs in 2013?
Truth be told, it can’t get much worse than the Chiefs’ 2-14 finish in 2012, and there is some reason for optimism. While no one is betting on the Chiefs to make the Super Bowl just yet – the BetFair exchange, in fact, is giving the Chiefs 50/1 Super Bowl odds, good for just 23rd in the league – some measure of progress, and potentially significant progress, seems inevitable.
On offense, the Chiefs actually look ready to roll. Andy Reid has coached some creative and high-powered offenses in the past, and there’s talent at every playmaking position. Let’s not forget that before being injured and ultimately replaced by Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, Alex Smith was becoming one of the most reliable QBs in the NFL. Throw in one of the league’s best RBs in Jamaal Charles and a leading receiver desperate to prove himself (and finally with a stud QB to throw it to him) in Dwayne Bowe, and the scoring potential is beyond obvious.
On defense, the Chiefs are a bit puzzling. The bottom line is, on paper, the starting D looks pretty good, if not great. But this same unit finished near the bottom of the league in most significant defensive categories last season. Of course, one factor in the defense’s struggle was the heavy load of responsibility doled out to them by last year’s miserable offense. And one has to think that with Andy Reid in town for a fresh start and 4 of 11 returning starters being Pro Bowlers (Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali), the defense will be improved.
Ultimately, looking at the schedule, it’s not hard to see this team making a pretty dramatic turnaround. They won’t challenge the Broncos for the division, but a wildcard berth in the playoffs seems within reach. Prediction: If everything clicks early enough and the offense looks as good as many expect, this team will go 9-7, and make it into the playoffs as a wildcard.
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