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NFL Previews: 2014 Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Analysis

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The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the best regular seasons in the league last season, but after holding a huge halftime lead over the Colts in the first round of the playoffs, the Chiefs fell on their face in the second half, suffering one of the most disappointing losses in franchise history.

The Chiefs offense is led by Alex Smith, who Kansas City acquired from the 49ers.  Smith played well leading the Chiefs last season, but considering what the Chiefs gave away to get him, as of right now the price seems a bit steep.  Kansas City’s offense does have one of the most dynamic playmakers in the game in their backfield, with running back Jamaal Charles.  Charles enjoyed enormous success last season in Reid’s offense, and barring any kind of injury this season, I see no reason why Charles won’t once again be one of the more dynamic playmakers in the game.  

The Kansas City defense was outstanding last season.  Kansas City has one of the best pass rushes in the game, and with a suffocating defense, and the huge home field advantage Arrowhead gives, Kansas City is one of the toughest outs at home in the league.  The Chiefs addressed need at corner, especially after losing Brandon Flowers in the offseason, by drafting cornerback Phillip Gaines out of rice.  Kansas City is also showing that they plan on staying strong in their front seven for some time, with the drafting of first round pick, linebacker Dee Ford out of Auburn.

If the Chiefs are going to try and achieve the success this season that they enjoyed in 2013, the road will be tough.  Kansas City has to travel to San Francisco, where Smith will face his old team.  The Chiefs get to host the Seahawks this season, which should be an interesting game, considering both teams battle back and forth on who has the loudest fan base.  Also, games against the Steelers and the Cards on the road will make this a tough road to the playoffs.

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Kansas City Predicted 2014 Record: 8-8

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