Can the Kansas City Chiefs Win the AFC West in 2013?

By Dan Parzych
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Despite finishing with the worst record in the league last season, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2013 season as they’ve made numerous changes to both the roster and coaching staff. Not only did the Chiefs bring Andy Reid on board to take over head coaching duties, but the team has an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Alex Smith to take over the starting role at quarterback next year.

Take all of this into consideration with the fact that Kansas City also agreed to a new five-year deal with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe this week–there’s no reason why Kansas City shouldn’t be able to compete for the AFC West title next season.

Keep in mind that despite recording just two wins all of last season, the Chiefs did send six players to the Pro Bowl and now that they had one of the league’s top quarterbacks from last season in Smith–there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to compete with the Denver Broncos for the division title.

Before suffering a concussion and being replaced by Colin Kaepernick, Smith ranked near the top of the league in numerous categories for quarterbacks. There’s no question Smith should be an upgrade over Matt Cassel at quarterback and if he can figure out a way to lead the Chiefs’ offense like he did with the 49ers under Reid–don’t be surprised if Kansas City emerges as a surprise contender next season.

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