|Written by Mark Fernandez|
|Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:50|
Kansas City Chiefs fans had a rough time enjoying the NFL season last year as they had to sit by and watch their team go a dismal 2-14 overall, a perfect 0-12 against teams in the AFC conference and 0-6 when playing teams in the West division. So where else can the Chiefs go but up, right? Bookmakers aren't counting on it however listing Kansas City as 50/1 longshots in 2014 Super Bowl odds to win the championship while an unexpected AFC conference title would return 25/1.
In an AFC West division that includes the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs have been posted as +400 underdogs to pull off a divisional crown while regular season win totals for KC have been set 7.5 OVER -155. Kansas City and new head coach Andy Reid took advantage of an off-season that saw QB Alex Smith leave the San Francisco 49ers to take snaps behind center at Arrowhead. Smith threw 1,737-yards for 13-touchdowns before suffering a concussion halfway through the season that made way for Colin Kaepernick to take the starting position in San Fran. Smith will benefit from having RB Jamaal Charles in the backfield who finished last season with 1,509-yards on 285-attempts for 5-touchdowns.
The Chiefs ranked a respectable 5th in the league for rushing yards last season with an average of 149.7-per game and with Charles expected to have an even better 2013, look for plenty of games to go OVER the total. For KC to have any chance of paying out the 50/1 longshot price in 2014 Super Bowl odds to win, the defense will need to find a way to stop the run ranking a miserable 27th in the league for allowing opponents 135.7-rushing yards per game. The Chiefs will start week 1 on September 8th on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars before hosting the Dallas Cowboys on September 15th.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:52|