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NFL Update: The Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

Will The Chiefs Take That Next Step In 2014?

2014 NFL Off-Season

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2013 Recap: The Kansas City Chiefs finished 11-3, which was good for second place in the AFC West and enough for them to earn their second playoff bid in four years. However, the Chiefs lost five of their last seven regular season games and fell short to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs. The Chiefs had little to no passing game and ranked 25th in the league in pass defense. The Chiefs relied too much on their running game and defense that showed flashes of brilliance throughout the season.

Key Losses: The Chiefs lost versatile playmaker in Dexter McCluster, a player who spent his first four seasons with the franchise and scored nine total touchdowns. Defensively, the Chiefs lost Akeem Jordan, Kendrick Lewis and Tyson Jackson. All three players contributed in a big way last season to Kansas City’s defense, especially Jackson, who had four sacks and was a key pass rusher.

NFL Update: The Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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Key Additions: The Chiefs are a tight organization that appears to be taking the route of building the team through the draft and from within. That’s why you won’t see any key additions for the Chiefs this season, as they focused on the draft and keeping the players they already had. And why not? Early in the season, the Chiefs were considered the best team in football.

Draft: Speaking of the draft, the Chiefs spent their first round pick on defensive end Dee Ford. Many scouts had undervalued Ford’s ability due to inconsistences at Auburn, but the kid has a rare skill set that makes him a promising pass rusher off the edge. My favorite pick for the Chiefs was when they drafted De’Anthony Thomas, a speedster out of Oregon. If you’re not familiar with Thomas, watch a few Youtube videos of him and you’ll quickly fall in love. Pairing Thomas with Jamaal Charles is downright unfair.

2014 Outlook, So Far: The Chiefs aren’t going anywhere as long as they have a consistent ground game and a feisty defense that creates turnovers. I would like to see the Chiefs improve throwing the football, but it would also help if they provided the quarterback with a few weapons, huh? Either way, the Chiefs are a solid bet to return the playoffs as long as everybody stays healthy, and should be worth a look as a dark horse to play for the Super Bowl if you’re looking for future possibilities.

2014 Schedule:  

Sept. 7 Tennessee Titans, 1

Sept. 14 at Denver Broncos, 4:25

Sept. 21 at Miami Dolphins, 4:25

Sept. 29 New England Patriots (Mon), 8:30

Oct. 5 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25

Oct. 12 BYE

Oct. 19 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05

Oct. 26 St. Louis Rams, 1

Nov. 2 New York Jets, 1

Nov. 9 at Buffalo Bills, 1

Nov. 16 Seattle Seahawks, 1

Nov. 20 at Oakland Raiders (Thu), 8:25

Nov. 30 Denver Broncos, 8:30*

Dec. 7 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05

Dec. 14 Oakland Raiders, 1

Dec. 21 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1

Dec. 28 San Diego Chargers, 1

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