2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (AFC West)
2016 record: 12-4 (6-0 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: (R) QB Patrick Mahomes, RB C.J. Spiller, DT Bennie Logan, (R) WR Jehu Chesson, TE Gavin Escobar
KEY DEPARTURES: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Jeremy Maclin
2016 SEASON RECAP
12 – 4 is a very good record but going 6-0 in a division with the Broncos Defense, the Raiders Offense and Philip Rivers is something to really hang ur hat on. RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware did a phenomenal job filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles. The Duo combined for 1.214 rush yards, 635 receiving yards, 61 receptions and 8 TDs. WR Tyreek Hill was electric all season, he racked 12 total TDs ( 3 rush, 3 return and 6 rec ).
TE Travis Kelce had his coming out party (85 rec 1,125 yards and 4 TDs), he was the only chiefs player with more than 83 targets ( he had 117 targets). Alex Smith was steady as always, over 3,600 total yards and 20 TDs. The season was a success but the AFC Championship was right there for the taking but a 18-16 heartbreaking lost to the Steelers sent them home early.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
In the off-season the team moved on from RB Jamaal Charles and in a shocking cut, WR Jeremy Maclin. The seems to be happy with the West/Ware duo in the backfield and the Kelce/Hill receiving duo on the outside. The team add RB C.J. Spiller as a receiving threat out of the backfield but the moves seem minimal, especially for a team that was on the door step of the conference championship game.
This years run will be tougher as the youth around their division begins to mature. The Raiders look poised for a deep playoff run and the Broncos look to sure up the QB position to complement that stout defense. As of right now we have them looking up at the Raiders in the AFC West.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, QB Alex Smith, LB Derrick Johnson, RB Spence Ware, CB Marcus Peters
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
10 – 6