5 Reasons Why Kansas City Chiefs Will Win Super Bowl
5 Reasons Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win the Super Bowl
It's been a roller coaster ride of a season for the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs so far. Last year they finished the season with a miserable 2-14 record, and this season, up until Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, they were the only undefeated team in the NFL. They are the first team in league history, in American professional sports overall, to come back so strong after such a poor season.
New to the Chiefs this year, a couple of guys who have really helped reinject life into the club: former Brigham Young University and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, as well as quarterback Alex Smith, formerly at the University of Utah and San Francisco 49ers.
No one is exactly sure where all the new reinvigoration originated from, with many detractors and critics crying "foul!" saying that Kansas City's schedule was too easy, and that's why they went undefeated for so long.
Make no mistake -- the Chiefs are sporting one of the best defenses in the league, the one that allows fewest yards per game than any other team, along with daunting numbers for forced turnovers and sacks. Other teams are afraid of the Chiefs defense, and rightly so.
And the offense, though unpredictable and off to a inconsistent start -- many of the offense's flaws and foibles were laid bare in Sunday's 17-27 loss to the Broncos -- are still coming into their own, and I suspect they are still have some surprises left for us before season's end.
The Chiefs are currently tied with Denver for No. 1 in the AFC West division, and they still have a reasonable chance of making a great showing in the playoffs, and better yet, of going to and winning the Super Bowl in February.
Sunday will see Kansas City face off with another division rival, the San Diego Chargers, and then again against the Broncos the following week, both times at Arrowhead Stadium, then only four games to go in the regular season.
The following are five reasons why I think the Chiefs will win it all this year. Let me know what you think!
5. The Chiefs Monster Defense
Watch out for the Chiefs' defense. The Chiefs have created a signature formula for winning in 2013: running the football, playing with minimal mistakes from the quarterback and controlling the clock. Another key ingredient to this formula is an amazing opportunistic defense. Kansas City's defense is a unit with top-notch playmakers on all three levels (Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Dontari Poe and Brandon Flowers to name a few) and plays with a solid confidence that you would look for in a championship team. They lead the league in fewest points allowed per game (12.3), and they make it count when it comes to forced turnovers and sacks. Make no mistake, other NFL teams have lived in fear of the Chiefs' defensive squad.
4. Head Coach Andy Reid
Jedi Master Reid came on board this season, inheriting a team that had finished with the worst season in franchise history, then led it to a 9-0 record starting the season, tying for the best start in all-time franchise history. His coaching style is exacting, but flexible when need be, and he produces results. He alone would be one of the very top reasons the Chiefs make it to and win the Super Bowl this year.
3. Quarterback Alex Smith
Alex Smith has certainly helped in the influx of new energy into the Chiefs this season. A very cerebral athlete, he has played it very safe, but then again, his conservative playing style has helped his team win all but one game. Not too shabby. He has the arm and accuracy to be a more dangerous quarterback, and I expect he has his fair share of surprises left.
2. Running Back Jamaal Charles
Kansas City's rockstar running back, Jamaal Charles is currently the NFL's all-time leader in career yards per carry average out of running backs with 5.70 yards per carry. He has virtually carried the offense's ball-moving efforts this season, and oddly, was barely used in the Chiefs' sole loss to Denver. Hopefully Kansas City learned a valuable lesson. Charles is a force to be reckoned with, and another ace up the Chiefs' sleeve.
1. Arrowhead Stadium and Kansas City Fans
During the Kansas City 24-7 defeat of the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 13, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs fans made the Guinness World Record book when Arrowhead officially nabbed the bragging rights as the loudest outdoor sports stadium in the world (at 137.5 decibels). Arrowhead is reputedly one of the loudest, most raucous and most hostile stadiums toward visiting teams in the league. The Chargers, Broncos and Indianapolis Colts will yet have to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead before the regular season's over, which will give the Chiefs that much more home field advantage in the nab for the AFC West title. Before it's all said and done, the Chiefs would owe a Super Bowl victory in large part to their home stadium and adoring fans. Watch out, visiting teams.