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Here's How the Chiefs Will Finish in 2017

Your Favorite 610 Personalities Look Into Their Crystal Ball For the Upcoming Season

September 05, 2017 - 5:55 pm
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THE DAY SHIFT:

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BINK: My expectations for the Chiefs are to go 11-5 and win the AFC West and then one again lose in the divisional round.  Last year they could not stop the run and it came back to bite them against Pittsburgh in the playoffs as they had the ball almost 10 minutes longer.  Did they do enough to address this?  Dorsey sure didn't but Brett Veach has made 2 trades for linebackers in his short stint as GM and the Chiefs.  

The pressure will be on Alex Smith as Mahomes dazzled in the preseason and with his arm and the fact he looks down the field consistently will only make the chatter about Mahomes coming in and replacing Smith during the season strong if Alex doesn't deliver. I feel the wide receivers despite being young will deliver this year and Tyreek Hill is poised for a breakout year.  And their special teams are so good as far as the return game goes, I think Chiefs special teams alone is worth two wins!

Andy Reid has a 7-1 record against the Raiders as the head coach of the Chiefs and the Raiders will finish behind the Chiefs once again.

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LAKE: I could not be more pumped up for the 2017 NFL regular season just like the everybody else!! When I look back to what Kansas City accomplished last year, Chiefs fans should be somewhat excited about what the possibilities could be for the team this year and beyond.  Although I like the overall composition of this year's team, I just don't think that they are good enough to take a step forward though.

There are definite questions about how good your wide receivers are going to be.  You can't look at the group and say that anybody is truly "proven" when it comes to being an absolute, consistent playmaker at the wideout spot.  Travis Kelce, your tight end is the reliable pass catching threat that you have.  The backfield is in flux too.  With Spencer Ware done for the season, we don't know what to make of the ground game yet.  We anticipate that the talented Kareem Hunt will adjust well, but you never know until the games begin.

But the biggest reason why I think the Chiefs don't make a leap forward is because Alex Smith isn't any different a quarterback today than he's ever been.  He's not a quarterback in my opinion that wins you a Super Bowl.  He's good enough to get the Chiefs to the playoffs but just not good enough to win the whole thing.

I have the Chiefs going 10-6, making the playoffs, and exiting the playoffs rather quickly.

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RYAN: 2017 Prediction: 10-6, lose in the WC Round of the Playoffs.

I’ll be looking towards the future in 2017. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Chiefs’ chances to compete for the division this season, but we’ve all seen the Alex Smith show here in Kansas City. We know how that story ends. Andy Reid seems content to watch one more rerun before he hands the reigns over to Pat Mahomes, so I’ll be locked in fan-hell, hoping Alex Smith can somehow create an outcome other than the one we all know is coming.

On a slightly more positive note, I am really looking forward to seeing the growth of some guys that could be the stars of the future here in KC. Guys like Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, & Kareem Hunt. Also, the idea of a full 16-game season from Justin Houston is pretty exciting. While I may have visions of 2018 in my head, the 2017 Chiefs will still be a lot of fun to watch. ​

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FESCOE IN THE MORNING:

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KLING: This will be Alex Smith's team for 2017  (I'm trying my best to stick to this).   The offense will ebb and flow and at times we'll be calling for Pat Mahomes, but Andy Reid won't.   I think there is an opportunity for a couple of nice win streaks on the schedule and they'll go at least 4-2 if not 5-1 vs the division.  Welch will get another AFC West title t-shirt.  But can they beat New England or Pittsburgh in the playoffs?  I say no.  11-5 with a win vs a wildcard team and a loss in the divisional round ---- again.

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FESCOE: Super Bowl expectations.  That is what I say to everyone who asks my thoughts on the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs.  Each year under Andy Reid the Chiefs have taken a step forward.  The next step is the Super Bowl.  They have playmakers on offense, they have stars on defense and they have a return game that is 2nd to no one in the NFL.  Plus they have a coaching staff that puts players in a great position to be successful.  It won't be easy but there is no reason why the Chiefs can't be playing for Lombardi on the first weekend in February in Minneapolis.  I have the Chiefs at 11-5 this season and making the Super Bowl!

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WELCH: Patrick Mahomes will take over as the starting QB of the Chiefs by Week 12 at the latest. Kansas City will struggle early with a tough schedule,  but the final six games of the schedule should be wins. This will make for a tumultuous season, and eventually Andy Reid will see that he must take a risk with the young gunslinger to put the Chiefs back in contention. After doing so, the Chiefs will rattle off a bunch of wins to end the season.

Prediction: 10-6 after a 5-1 finish down the stretch, Super Bowl Champions after shocking the world through the playoffs as a wildcard. Go Chiefs.

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SPEC: For me, this season is really just about waiting. If you've ever listened to our show, you know I really dislike watching Alex Smith play QB & frankly he just isn't very good. But now, we at least have hope for the future in Patrick Mahomes who doesn't have a ceiling. I'll be locked in all year hoping for AFCC game appearance but it’s unlikely with Smith but cheers to 2018 and beyond!!!

Chiefs go 10-6, lose in Wild Card round

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THE DRIVE:

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CDOT: Andy Reid has coached 18 seasons and only has 3 losing seasons. Andy Reid all but guarantees you 8 wins every season plus I think the defense and special teams are enough to get you to 9-10 wins. I have questions about the offense (wide receiver, dependency on a rookie RB, ceiling of their QB) but I think they have enough if Kelce and Hill stay healthy and Hunt is the player that I think he will be. I think the division will once again be tough and competitive. I have the Chiefs finishing 2nd and grabbing a Wild Card spot.

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FANNING:  Like most I've got my concerns about the Chiefs.  I'm not sure if they can beat Oakland and win the division.  I am concerned about depth at tight end, running back, wide receiver and at cornerback.

They're not a perfect team, but they are a good team.  I think this Chiefs team will win 10 games and get a Wild Card.  

Justin Houston needs to stay healthy, rookie running back Kareem Hunt needs to play like a veteran and Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have to stay healthy.  

My prediction is that the Chiefs go 10-6 and advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

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HEIS: I think Vegas hit the nail on the head setting their over/under at nine wins for the season. It takes into account the complexity of an improved AFC West Division, a difficult start to the season, a very easy break in the third-fourth quarter of the year, and an intriguing crossover into four NFC East matchups this season.

I anticipate a back-and-forth start to the season with tough road matchups against New England, L.A (Chargers), Houston & Oakland with home matchups against Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh & Denver in the first eight games. But three home games in a row in Weeks 14-16 give the Chiefs a nice advantage down the stretch to eventually get themselves on higher ground and likely into the postseason.

Ultimately the Chiefs take advantage of their consistent play against their own division to sneak out an additional win from the Vegas line. 10-6 seems to add up with yet another Wild Card loss as we anxiously anticipate the #MahomesMovement.

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THE SHOW:

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RON: If you listen to my show you know I believe predictions are "Useless".  If I look at this team it has one of the best rosters in the NFL.  However they lack at the most important position on the field (for now).  Even if Patrick Mahomes gets the call, the odds of him in his first year being able to beat the likes of Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Big Ben are slim.  The Chiefs schedule is their biggest hurdle, first place schedule and playing the NFC East.  So with that hurdle I see the Chiefs going 9-7 and missing the playoffs....

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SERDA: My expectations aren’t surprisingly high for the Chiefs this season. I believe they are a team building for the future not the immediate present. They are however in a unique situation unlike most teams building for the future where they are already a very good football team. The Chiefs do have a tough schedule this season but I still suspect they’ll be competing for the AFC West. I think the Broncos and Raiders are all due for a step back and the Chargers a taking a step forward assuming they keep their offensive weapons health. (I would argue and have that the Chargers have potential to be one of the best offenses in the NFL.)

But the Chiefs defense is the clear cut top unit in the division and that will win them games especially considering Denver cut T.J. Ward, lost Demarcus Ware to retirement, and just had to put Shane Ray on the IR. I expect the Chiefs to make the playoffs and probably get a win in the wild card round but I don’t expect much more of that with Alex Smith at the helm and just a little too much inexperience on the offensive side of the ball for me this season. With the clear cut top defensive unit in the division and one of the tops in the AFC the Chiefs still find a way to go 11-5. ​

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SPORTS MACHINE: I think the Chiefs will win 10 games this year and be a wildcard team. Oakland is the best in the West and I don't see any roster improvement for the Chiefs between this year and last. If things break perfect (See Denver, Atlanta and Carolina games from last season) than this team can win 12 and the division. I will be pleasantly surprised if the 2017-18 Chiefs win a playoff game.

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CHRIS UNO CERO: The 2017 Chiefs will be much like the 2014 Chiefs. They'll be a team that has a talented defense but a mediocre offense that will hold them back. They'll be good enough to beat the best teams, but bad enough to lose to the worst teams. I think the team will spend all year to around .500 and struggle to stay in the playoff race. They'll finish 9-7 and fall just short of making it into the dance, which gives them great motive to replace Alex Smith with a real quarterback.

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DUSTY LIKINS: Empty, hazy, wet, foggy night as the stadium was left quiet and left for hibernation. That is the way the season ended last year for the Chiefs. It was Big Ben and Le’Veon Bell who came in and was as advertised, but it would be Chris Boswell who would kick (6 field goals) the Chiefs out of the Playoffs and leave every Chiefs fan thinking, same book, different chapter. The Chiefs once again would be devastated in classic fashion, at home, in prime time (only because of a fake ice storm that never showed) for a shot at the Patriots, for the Super Bowl. So why would this year be any better, or just a different chapter, to the same horrific ending of the book, we read all our lives? Because for the first time, in 34 years, the Chiefs selected a QB with their first round pick. He brings light to that dark past, he brings energy to a team, which at times, seemed low in that department. He brings competition to a position that is yet to be crowned his, but might be in the matter of weeks. This team is different this year; they’re not your typical “NFL type” team. Their best wide out doesn’t play wide out; he plays the tight end position. Your best wide receiver isn’t the classic type of receiver; he is both a wide out and a solid ball carrier. But that may not be Tyreek Hills’ best role; his best role might be the pawn role, where the defense may cheat to his side too much and that leaves the opportunity to Kelce over the middle and Alex Smith doesn’t have to throw deep. We may also see Hill become a real special wide receiver as well, a big time game changer. But let’s not get too crazy. Alex Smith, a man who knows he will be gone next year, but also knows that he still wants to play. He can’t afford to just have another “typical” Alex Smith year. If he wants paid, he has to do what he did in San Fran before the Chiefs took the bait. Get them to the Championship game. Prove he can lead a team, deep in the playoffs. Plus, he probably doesn’t want to lose his job to a rookie either. So, I firmly believe this team can and will win ten games this year. They might lose one or two they shouldn’t and will also win a game or two they shouldn’t. I see them getting back to the Divisional round losing to New England. Oakland wins the AFC West this year at 11-5. At least this year the Chiefs won’t have to leave Arrowhead in a dark, disappointing, slumber for the rest of winter. And besides, it’s the next season the Chiefs can talk serious about a Super Bowl appearance, because, well, they’ll have that Super Bowl leading quarterback they’ve long lusted for.

Record Prediction: 2017-18 Chiefs 10-6

How it ends: Losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round

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