The Kansas City Chiefs are lauded by many experts as having the best offseason of any team in the NFL. KC has received an offensive injection by hiring Andy Reid as head coach and dealing for quarterback competency in the name of Alex Smith.
Vegas has responded kindly as well, boosting the Chiefs’ two-win effort in 2012 up 5.5 games for the 2013 win total line. I’m a bit torn on whether choosing the over or under seems most logical, but it’s hard to imagine them repeating as the No. 1 selection in next year’s draft.
The Chiefs were a chic pick among experts as AFC West champs last year before falling well short of the postseason, but retain much of a roster core that has been rightly lauded for the many talented components there.
Outside of defensive line and maybe wide receiver, KC is probably above average at all positions. The horrible play from Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Brady Quinn at the single most important position in professional sports held KC back primarily.
Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston give them one of the league’s best linebacking corps, but they have suffered from poor play ahead of them. Dwayne Bowe has given them one of the most underrated No. 1 receivers in the league, and yet the quarterback lowers the ceiling here too.
The Chiefs are getting 60-to-1 Super Bowl odds, tied with the division rival San Diego Chargers in that regard. The two are also knotted in AFC West title odds as +650, with the Oakland Raiders far behind at +2000.