Today, USA Today released its yearly record predictions for every NFL team. While reasonable predictions surfaced, others shocked analysts and fans alike. The Chiefs prediction landed at 8-8, and that prediction seems overblown.
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The Chiefs did undergo a transition in the offseason, but that change shouldn’t affect the team on the field. It hurt to lose Jeremy Maclin, but Andy Reid will still have that offense flying high. John Dorsey leaving was a major shock, but Brett Veach has the skill to build a championship roster.
Plus, Kansas City returns plenty to their arsenal for 2017. Tight end Travis Kelce leads a young group of weapons. The running game is very deep too. The offensive line is also intact, and is one of the more underrated groups in the league.
Defensively, the Chiefs bring back almost everyone from last season. Former Eagle Bennie Logan will help the run defense improve. The secondary only gets better with the maturation of Marcus Peters and Eric Berry.
Yes, Alex Smith is still the starter, and that brings questions about a deep playoff run. But, that doesn’t mean the Chiefs will be on the outside looking in.
The division is still open for the taking. The Raiders played well last season, but Kansas City had their number. The Chargers bring a better roster to the table, but there are still unknowns for them. Will they come together as a unit? Denver has a great defensive unit, but even they have questions, especially at quarterback.
The schedule could be the cause of concern. The NFC East is gaining steam, while the Pats and Dolphins continue to improve in the AFC East.
Even with all of these variables, the Chiefs continue to prove that they are a perennial playoff team. Andy Reid has done a heck of a job, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t continue.
Sure, 8-8 is possible. No one has perfect foresight in this business. However, this team is consistent, and consistency holds water in the NFL. Plus, they are still (arguably) the best overall roster in this division.