Mister Obvious Says – Kansas City will have at least one receiving touchdown this season after remarkably going without one last season. The Chiefs’ acquisition of WR Jeremy Maclin from Philadelphia gives QB Alex Smith a deep threat and reliable receiver. RB Jamaal Charles is in position to have one of his best seasons as a featured back. Defensively, Denver might boast DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller but the Chiefs have quite a pass-rushing combination with linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Biggest Addition – Other than Maclin, the Chiefs’ biggest offseason moves were acquiring free agent SS Tyvon Branch from Oakland and drafting rookie CB Marcus Peters. Branch and Peters will add much-needed depth to the secondary.
Biggest Loss – OL Rodney Hudson, a 2011 second-round pick by Kansas City, is off to division rival Oakland. He started 34 of his last 35 games with the Chiefs.
Rookie To Watch – Fourth-round LB Ramik Wilson has impressed Kansas City coach Andy Reid for his knack to be around the ball in preseason drills, scrimmages and games. The impressive performance is good enough to have him challenging for a starting job.
Marquee Match-up – Kansas City’s early-season schedule is a grind with consecutive games against Denver, Green Bay and Cincinnati. The Week 3 game at Green Bay is the marquee one of them all, providing Reid an opportunity to see the mettle of his team coming off the home game against the Broncos.
Game Most Likely to Win – Week 17 at home against Oakland, capping the regular season, will likely have playoff implications.
Game Most Likely to Lose –The week 3 game at Green Bay is too much to ask, coming off the game against Denver.
Overall Thoughts – With its off-season moves, Kansas City has talent on offense that no longer takes a backseat to its division rivals. Maclin brings a lot of excitement to the Chiefs’ passing game, which was lacking last season under Reid. The Chiefs play four of their last six games at home. That should play a big part in them being a factor in the AFC playoff race.
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