Las Vegas has released the over/under for every NFL team’s win count for 2014, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of faith in the Kansas City Chiefs. At least it’s a nice clean bet. Do you think the Chiefs will be a losing team or winning team? It’s as simple as that.
I believe the Chiefs are a good bet for a winning season, but I can see the argument for a drop off from the 11 wins the teamed managed in 2013. The upcoming schedule looks a lot tougher than last season’s. Five of 16 games are against teams that played in last season’s conference championships and 11 of 16 games are against teams who had a .500 record or better.
Furthermore, Kansas City didn’t have the budget to add a lot in free agency. The losses along the offensive line could hurt, but the front office filled in the other holes left by free agency pretty well. It’s understandable to forecast less than 11 wins, though taking them down to eight is a bit too far.
This is the second year of a completely new regime with a new general manager, head coach and quarterback. What the team may have lost in personnel it will make up for with chemistry. The offense was really finding its identity as the season wound down, averaging 34.6 points per game over their last seven matchups.
The defense did fall apart down the stretch. Some solid additions (Vance Walker, Joe Mays), some addition by subtraction (Kendrick Lewis) and more experience in Bob Sutton’s schemes should help with that. There is a ton of talent on the defense, and more time to get it together should be very helpful.
The schedule will be the biggest obstacle of 2014, though we shouldn’t always take last season’s performances to the bank for an upcoming season. The Chiefs will be a better team this year. Tougher competition might be an obstacle but not enough to make Kansas City a .500 team. Vegas oddsmakers have definitely undershot their prediction for the Chiefs 2014 season.