Last year, The Chiefs won their first AFC West Championship since 2003 and they will start their quest to repeat with a Season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Offensively, the Chiefs will lean on the two head monster of 1,000 yard rusher Jamaal Charles and goal line back Thomas Jones. Dwayne Bowe is back after a very productive season of 1,000 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns. The Chiefs were also tired of seeing Bowe double teamed so they added Steve Breaston in free agency and also drafted Pittsburgh’s 6’4 John Baldwin in the first round of April’s draft. Baldwin who already got in a little of scuffle with Thomas Jones is labeled as a diva but if he can get it together, he can add another element to the passing game in which Matt Cassel can have another good year in which he looks to improve on his already impressive 2010 stats (3,116 passing, 27 TD, 7 INT). They also added Le’Ron McClain to add to an already top ranked running game.
Defensively, the Chiefs look to improve on a D that ranked 14th in the NFL. They added Kelly Gregg to help on the interior of the defensive line and return one of the best up and coming safeties in Eric Berry. Berry lived up to all the hype in his rookie year as he earned his first trip the Pro Bowl. He was the only Chief player to play every defensive snap and he led the team in interceptions (4) and was only 2nd in tackles behind linebacker Derrick Johnson. He played fearlessly, and there was no stopping him. Like a game where you know you have unbeatable cards, he just went for it. He also had great teammates to back him up.The corners Brandon Flowers and Javier Arenas add to a Chiefs defense which looks help this team make the next step (4-12 in 09’, 10-6 in 10’).
X-Factor: Eric Berry – already one of the best safeties in the league, in only his 2nd year, the Chiefs defense will only go has far as Berry can take them. In division, the defense will have to stop a high powering Charger passing game and an explosive Raider rushing attack.
How They’ll Finish: The Chiefs WILL NOT repeat as division champs. I see them finishing 9-7 and finishing 2nd behind Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. I also can’t see them getting a Wild Card berth as 1 will come from the AFC North and the other from the AFC East.