After a dynamic offseason that saw their starting QB traded away, Andy Reid and company are ready to kickstart a new season and a new era in Kansas City.
The roster looks fairly similar to the one that took the field in the 2017 Wild Card playoff game, but one key piece is missing: the QB. This position will be led by 22 year old QB, Patrick Mahomes. The only problem is this: he’s having a lackluster training camp.
This season is a turning point for the Chiefs franchise; and this season rests solely on Reid and Mahomes.
Patrick Mahomes has been highly touted and hyped for the past few years by Chiefs fans everywhere as the future franchise QB. His struggles in training camp, however, are causing some fans to grow weary of the young player out of Texas Tech.
In six preseason practices, Mahomes already has an alarming 7 interceptions. While it’s early on, Mahomes needs to step it up if he wants his team to have success this season.
If Mahomes gets more control on his passes, he should have no problem putting up big numbers as his receiving crew is extremely talented. WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce rank near the top of their respective positions and WR Chris Conley has been very reliable when healthy.
The most interesting acquisition for the Chiefs is newly acquired receiver, Sammy Watkins. Watkins is a lethal receiving threat when he’s healthy and should mesh well in Kansas City’s offense this season.
Leading the charge in the backfield for KC is 2017 rookie sensation, Kareem Hunt. Hunt was a pro bowler, NFL rushing leader, and PFWA All-Rookie last season. Look for Hunt to have an even bigger impact and role in his sophomore season.
Blocking for Hunt and Mahomes is the talented crew of: LT Eric Fisher, LG Parker Ehinger, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay Tardif (Who got his M.D. this offseason!), and RT Mitchell Schwartz.
The Chiefs’ main struggles last season were on the defensive side … it looks like it will be more of the same for a poor Chiefs D.
The Chiefs’ main struggles last season were on the defensive side of the ball and with one of their best players, cornerback Marcus Peters, exiting this offseason, it looks like it will be more of the same for a poor Chiefs D.
The defensive line for Kansas City is a solid crew and will look to apply pressure to opposing offenses in 2018. Defensive end Chris Jones has loads of potential and fellow DE Allen Bailey had a nice 2.0 sacks and 21 tackles last season. Nose Tackle Xavier Williams is a crucial part of the defense as he must create space for the Linebacking crew to work with.
The Linebackers are a huge part of Kansas City’s 3-4 scheme and they have some talented names to fill these slots. Losing your leading tackler (Derrick Johnson) obviously doesn’t help, but Bob Sutton feels as though Justin Houston (9.5 sacks in 2017), Anthony Hitchens (55 tackles in just 5 games in 2017), Reggie Ragland (31 tackles in 5 games last year), and Dee Ford (2.0 sacks in just 6 games in 2017) can get the job done for the Chiefs this year.
The Chiefs’ secondary looks to be a very complete group this year as they nabbed Kendall Fuller, a top corner in the league, from Washington. Playing alongside Fuller will be Steven Nelson and Keith Reaser. The two safeties for the Chiefs are Leon McQuay III and Eric Berry, who missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury.
Game by Game Predictions
Week 1: Sept. 9 @ Chargers
The Chiefs kick off 2018 with a win in San Diego… *ahem* , I mean Los Angeles (Still doesn’t sound right).
Week 2: Sept. 16 @ Steelers
The Chiefs drop a tough early game in Pittsburgh.
Week 3: Sept. 23 vs. 49ers
Jimmy G rolls into Arrowhead Stadium and defeats the Chiefs. People call for the firing of Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton.
Week 4: Oct. 1 @ Broncos
The Chiefs finally turn things around and defeat their rivals, the Broncos.
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Jaguars
A very talented Jaguar team shuts down the high-powered Chiefs offense.
Week 6: Oct. 14 @ Patriots
It’s no secret that the Chiefs have been the Patriots kryptonite the past few years… this notion remains the same as KC defeats the Pats in Foxborough.
Week 7: Oct. 21 vs. Bengals
The Chiefs ride the wave of success from last week into this week and steamroll the Bengals. This is the game that gets Marvin Lewis fired.
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Broncos
A season sweep of the Broncos it is.
Week 9: Nov. 4 @ Browns
Kansas City defeats an improved Browns squad.
Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Cardinals
The Chiefs win yet again as they take over sole possession of the division lead.
Week 11: Nov. 19 @ Rams
A powerful Rams squad defeats Kansas City in an overtime matchup.
Week 12: BYE
Week 13: Dec. 2 @ Raiders
These next two games with the Raiders will be key in deciding the division. The Chiefs win the first one however and now are the AFC West leaders again.
Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. Ravens
Kansas City wins a crucial game vs. Baltimore.
Week 15: Dec. 13 vs. Chargers
The Chiefs drop a critical game to division foe LA.
Week 16: Dec. 23 @ Seahawks
The Chiefs demolish Seattle as KC’s overpowering offense dismantles Seattle’s rebuilding D.
Week 17 Dec. 30 vs. Raiders
This is it. This game decides who wins the division and who goes home. Unfortunately for Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes’ inexperience causes them to lose in OT. The Chiefs’ season is over.
TOTAL win/loss: prediction: 10-6