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MiloCHay1287


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:47 pm    Post subject: Kansas City playoff hopes may be tough Reply with quote

The Kansas City Chiefs crept up the AFC West last season and benefitted from Oakland Raiders‘ quarterback Derek Carr’s injury. The Chiefs entered the playoffs as the AFC West’s best and number 2 seed in the conference. The only problem with a deep playoff run was who they met in the divisional round; the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though some will argue about controversy, the Chiefs lost a close heartbreaker. Can Kansas City follow their winning pattern last season and make the playoffs in 2017? What will stop them?
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The Kansas City Chiefs have made the playoffs 3 out of 4 years that Andy Reid has been at the helm. Last season was their best in the 4 years that he has been there.The Chiefs will have to keep that upward trend this season because they are in one of the toughest divisions in football. Derek Carr is coming back from breaking his leg and has some new offensive weapons to play with. The Denver Broncos were able to beef up their lines and add ex-Chiefs Jamaal Charles amongst other playmakers. The Chargers look improved and have a great QB in Philip Rivers. If the Chiefs can resume playing at a high level, they will make the playoffs in 2017. Unless there is a complete meltdown, Kansas City.... continue to https://armchairallamericans.com/kansas-city-chiefs/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't buy it.

Offense
The OL gelled last season. All 5 starting players are back and there is some push for starting jobs. The receivers may be the best kept secret in the league. RB looks to capable to solid, depending on how fast K Hunt gets up to speed. That leaves Smith, who is proven good enough to make the playoffs. Last year this was a good but not outstanding offesne. I look for improvement.

Defense
There is more change on this side of the ball. The DL has a new anchor at NT. Stylistically, Logan will be a big change. Around him Jones, Nunez and Bailey are returning. The big guys should be OK. At LB we have DJ trying again to defy Father time, Houston healthy at least, Ford and some flashes of real pass rush and a lot of questions. The secondary is one of the team highlights. Peters and Berry are proven studs. Parker is solid. Murray and Sorenson are good depth. The question is which of Mitchell, Gaines and Nelson get the CB2 snaps.

Special Teams
This is the area that is paid little attention but matters a lot. In coverage and returns, no one in the NFL compares. Santos is decent and Colquitt is better. Top 5 in the NFL--again.

Pluses and minuses. The team lost Dantari Poe, Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin. Poe will be missed, but his explosion was sapped by nagging injuries. Maclin was a surprise cut, but he was being passed by at least one, possibly two WR. Hill was set for the other side and Robinson turned heads at mini-camp. On balance, the losses are fully offset by injury returns from Bailey, Houston and others. +/- also can refer to give away/take away. While they led the league in 2016, the team was already very good in 2015. This is not a fluke.

Are the Chiefs favored to regain the division title--no. Oakland has put together a vicious offense and an improving defense. Of the other three, the Chiefs stand best. The schedule is not a cake walk, but neither is it last year's death march. The Eastern divisions are not deep. New England and Dallas are very good, but I would favor the Chiefs in five for the other six. Houston is winnable and Pittsburgh dead even.

Give them 4-2 in division, I make it 6-4 or 7-3 against the rest. 10-11 wins will make the playoffs. If the pass rush lights up, jack it up another rung. If the defense gels, this has the makings of an epic team.

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valkrei


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last 2 years the KC team has looked like they are on the fence to me. They either play well or falter. But luckily we have had some good football but we all know there were games that we might have pulled out some of our hair.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too many questions to be answered before the season starts. Teams in AFC West have improved more than us, IMO. NFC East looms on the schedule. This is a tough schedule and harder than last season. Throw in Pittsburgh and NE and KC could really struggle to make the playoffs. A more even AFC West makes a wild card difficult.
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onejayhawk


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mayanfootball wrote:
Too many questions to be answered before the season starts. Teams in AFC West have improved more than us, IMO. NFC East looms on the schedule. This is a tough schedule and harder than last season. Throw in Pittsburgh and NE and KC could really struggle to make the playoffs. A more even AFC West makes a wild card difficult.

Dude. Take another look at last season's schedule. This is not harder.

Sure we play NE right off the mark. We also get NYJ and Miami from that division. The NFC East is no cakewalk, but it isn't a death march. All four teams are beatable. The schedule is not the issue. If they play well they make the playoffs. It's what comes next that gives pause for concern.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really just seems like a ploy to get posters to go to his blog.....
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