The Kansas City Chiefs had a remarkable turnaround in 2013, building hopes for a repeat for 2014 Chiefs tickets and a shot at making a real move in the playoffs. At on epoints the Chiefs were an amazing 9-0 before running into AFC West division rival Denver. That watershed game, changed the perception of Kansas City and may have led to their ultimate demise in the playoffs.
Still, Andy Reid has this Chiefs team on the upswing. While there are still questions, it’s obvious that Kansas City has become an NFL team that can’t be simply written off as a win when you see them on your schedule. Repeating the success of 2013 is going to be a challenge though. The 2014 schedule is a major step up for Kansas City. No more feasting on the NFC East or the weak sisters of the AFC. The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs schedule includes the NFC West, where the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals have become a dangerous force. That’s not to mention still having to play the Denver Broncos twice. The Chiefs schedule also includes the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Andy Reid has his work cut out for him.
Reid has some issues to solve. Alex Smith played very efficient football, given the lack of talent around him. Dwayne Bowe will have to up his game even as he approaches thirty years old. News is that Bowe has been working with a personal trainer this season, the first time he’s done so in his career. We’ll see how that works out. Otherwise, look for big doses of Jaamal Charles again. Charles is getting up in age and he’s now working behind an offensive line that is rebuilding with low draft picks.
The good news is that Kansas City can rely on a defense that spent the better part of the season in the upper echelon of NFL defenses. Justin Houston, who was sorely missed in the last half of the season, should return healthy. A major issue is the release of Brandon Flowers, let go in a contract dispute. Flowers was steady and reliable and the Chiefs will be forced to move to second tier replacements.
Altogether, this 2014 NFL season could see the Chiefs fall back into the pack. The schedule has gotten much tougher and the roster hasn’t gained any impact-type talent. Chiefs ticket holders will have to be patient and hope that Andy Reid still has a trick or two up his sleeve.Eric Drouant