Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Reasons Why They Won't Win the AFC West in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Kansas City Chiefs Won’t Win the AFC West in 2014

Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Reasons Why They Won't Win the AFC West in 2014

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The Kansas City Chiefs went from the worst team in the NFL to an 11-5 playoff team in the last two seasons, and they hope to keep moving forward this year. That is going to be tough to do considering the obstacles that are stacking up against them. Kansas City may have what it takes to sneak into the playoffs, but hoping to win the division is a bit too much. Here are five reasons why.

5. The Wide Receivers

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5. The Wide Receivers

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The Chiefs' wide receivers were the worst in the league in 2013, and they lost their third most productive receiver in Dexter McCluster. The team seems to be hoping for added chemistry and improvement from its young guys, because Kansas City has done next to nothing to repair the situation.

4. The Offensive Line

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4. The Offensive Line

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The Chiefs lost three of their best offensive linemen to free agency in Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah. Kansas City now has an even younger and more inexperienced line than they had in 2013. There are a lot of talented guys with potential on staff, but there are bound to be some growing pains along the way.

3. The Secondary

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3. The Secondary

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Even more questionable than the offensive line and receivers is the Chiefs' secondary. They flat out collapsed at the end of 2013. Moreover, their best cornerback by far, Brandon Flowers, has gone to the San Diego Chargers and Sean Smith could be facing a punishment for his recent DUI arrest. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has his work cut out for him to make this secondary serviceable.

2. The Schedule

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2. The Schedule

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In the upcoming season, the Chiefs will face 11 teams that had a .500 record or better last season, including five games against teams that made the conference championships. The soft schedule was a big asset to the Chiefs' turnaround in 2013, and they won't have that advantage again.

1. Peyton Manning

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1. Peyton Manning

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The Denver Broncos were clearly the best in the AFC West in 2013, and they have added a lot in free agency while the Chiefs have lost a lot. The reason Manning is named as No. 1 on this list and not the Broncos is because if he weren't under center, the Chiefs would have a legitimate shot at the division. Manning is 11-1 all time against Kansas City and 4-0 since joining Denver.


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