Kansas City Chiefs
4-12 (7-9 ATS), 4th Place AFC West in 2009
Arrowhead Stadium has been a rather quiet place over the past few seasons, particularly down the stretch when games have only potentially meant something to the visiting squads. There really isn't much in the way of optimism this year either for HC Todd Haley and his Kansas City Chiefs, as there really weren't enough moves made in the offseason to turn this franchise into a winning one quite yet.
2010 Draft: Three very interesting draft selections were made by the Chiefs this year, all of which are probably going to contribute to the team immediately. SS Eric Berry might have been the best player on the board regardless of position in this year's draft. He is going to immediately step in and be a playmaker for a unit that is in dire need of forcing turnovers. Don't discount the pick of RB Dexter McCluster out of Ole Miss or DB Javier Arenas from Alabama. Both are explosive special teams players. McCluster is a pain to find in a hole, while Arenas is a sneakily good cover man. Both were arguably reaches in their draft positions, but we aren't going to second guess GM Scott Pioli on either pick.
Offensive Outlook: The idea that QB Matt Cassel was going to come over to Kansas City and jump start the Chiefs offense wasn't one that was well-crafted. Cassel only threw for 2,924 yards and 16 TDs on the season, and his 16 INTs was a huge cause for concern as well. The bloody breakup with RB Larry Johnson is complete, but a new star emerged at season's end last year in the form of RB Jamaal Charles. The former University of Texas star rushed for 968 yards in the last eight games of the season, which even blew 2,000 yard man Chris Johnson away. Charles could be the start of something nice for Kansas City's offense, but there still aren't enough receiving options to make Cassel a huge threat.
Defensive Outlook: Berry and Arenas may eventually turn into cornerstones for a defense in need of leaders. The squad ranked 30th in the league allowing 388.2 yards per game last season, and averaging giving up 26.5 points per game was embarrassing as well. DC Romeo Crennel helped form the defense that won the New England Patriots a plethora of Super Bowls, and he is going to be charged with the same task here in Kansas City now that he is reunited with Pioli. The cupboard is rather bare though, as this team has drafted poorly on this side of the ball in recent years, and the end result has been some very, very poor play.
2010 Betting Outlook: Haley had his team playing well at certain points over the course of last season against some fairly solid teams. The Chiefs were the reason that the Denver Broncos were kept out of the playoffs in Week 17, and they nearly handed the Dallas Cowboys what would've been a disastrous loss at Arrowhead as well. A defense this young is going to play hard, which could result in some covers, but the offense is going to have to find ways to hit backdoors to duplicate last season's 7-9 ATS result.
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at Bookmaker Sportsbook. Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: 5-11, 4th Place in AFC West 2010 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule
Kansas City Chiefs Odds To Win AFC West: +600
Kansas City Chiefs Odds To Win AFC: +6000
Kansas City Chiefs Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +15000
Kansas City Chiefs Regular Season Win Total: 6.5 over -140
Though the Chiefs aren't an improved team from last season, their schedule is significantly lighter this year. Haley should be able to piece a win or two more together in the long run, but we don't see how this team is going to figure out how to get to the seven win barrier. Forget about the playoffs. Just staying competitive will be a nice change of pace. If KC doesn't reach at least six wins though, Haley might be on his way out after just two years on the job.
Week 1 - Home vs. Chargers
Week 2 - Away @ Browns
Week 3 - Home vs. 49ers
Week 4 - Bye
Week 5 - Away @ Colts
Week 6 - Away @ Texans
Week 7 - Home vs. Jaguars
Week 8 - Home vs. Bills
Week 9 - Away @ Raiders
Week 10 - Away @ Broncos
Week 11 - Home vs. Cardinals
Week 12 - Away @ Seahawks
Week 13 - Home vs. Broncos
Week 14 - Away @ Chargers
Week 15 - Away @ Rams
Week 16 - Home vs. Titans
Week 17 - Home vs. Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: 5-11, 4th Place in AFC West
2010 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule