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5 Early Predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 Season

5 Early Predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 Season

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The Kansas City Chiefs were arguably the most surprising team in the NFL last season. After winning just two games in 2012, the Chiefs won 11 games last season and made the playoffs. The Chiefs will look to build upon their success in 2014 and make a deeper run in the postseason. Here are five bold predictions for how the Chiefs' season will go.

5. Dwayne Bowe’s Receiving Numbers Will Continue to Drop

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
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5. Dwayne Bowe’s Receiving Numbers Will Continue to Drop

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
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Dwayne Bowe had a poor 2013 season, catching just 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns. Bowe has obviously regressed as a receiver, but his supporting cast isn't helping. Kansas City lacks receivers who can take the defensive focus away from the veteran wideout. As a result, Bowe is forced to deal with double-teams that he can no longer beat. It is hard to imagine his numbers improving in 2014.

4. De’Anthony Thomas Will Emerge as a Special Teams Standout

De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
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4. De’Anthony Thomas Will Emerge as a Special Teams Standout

De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs drafted speedster De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft to fill the role vacated by Dexter McCluster. Thomas is dynamic in space and has the ability to score whenever he gets his hands on the ball. Look for him to excel as a punt returner for Kansas City from the start. He has a chance to become one of the NFL's most dangerous returners.

3. Jamaal Charles Will Score 20 TDs

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
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3. Jamaal Charles Will Score 20 TDs

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
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Jamaal Charles had another excellent season for the Chiefs in 2013. In 2014, Charles will have to carry Kansas City's offense yet again. If he is healthy for the entire season, it is reasonable to assume Charles will get around 300 carries and 75 receptions. With such a heavy workload, watch for the Pro Bowl running back to score at least 20 combined touchdowns.

2. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali Will Combine for 24 Sacks

Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
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2. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali Will Combine for 24 Sacks

Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs' defense is led by their two elite pass-rushers, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Each had 11 sacks in 2013 and gave opposing quarterbacks fits. With teams having to double and triple-team Dontari Poe on the inside, Houston and Hali are left with one-on-one matchups on the outside. More often than not, they take advantage. Expect at least 24 combined sacks from the dynamic duo in 2014.

1. The Chiefs Will Not Make the Playoffs

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1. The Chiefs Will Not Make the Playoffs

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Kansas City shocked the football world in 2013, taking advantage of an easy schedule and earning a playoff bid. History will not repeat itself in 2014. The schedule is not as favorable and several important pieces have changed uniforms. The Chiefs' defense is still very good, but their lack of offensive weapons will hurt them. They will be a good team, but they will not make the playoffs.

Kevin Major is a Miami Heat writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMajor_Rant, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google