In the midst of the preseason quandaries surrounding the Chiefs, the swarm of injuries advertised as "minor", and the hit or miss nature of the preseason version of the Chiefs, fans should rest assured that the regular season will be one full of progress and of reaching unprecedented territory for the Pioli-regime. As I sit at work watching the clock tick (yes, my job is that slow and boring), my ears are being serenaded by the passionate voice of Mitch Holthus commenting the Chiefs fourth and final preseason game. I am reminded by the first quarter that all is not lost. The Chiefs will be a good team this year. They may even approach the threshold of being a great team. The key is to set the pace early. On September 9th, the Falcons come to town, and all our hopes are matched against the reality of the team's true condition.
It is my personal opinion that once the final cuts are made, we will see the performance of this team tighten up and produce more excellent results. The majority of the points allowed have been allowed by the 3rd stringers. Sure, the first team has made their own mistakes, but they know how to correct them. It is the deep backups/rookies that have made the big mistakes per the usual in the preseason. We all know what the talent on the Chiefs' roster is capable of, and we all know the realities of the season, i.e. setbacks, injuries, tough 5-game stretches to start out the season.
So, with that note of optimism harmonized with realism, here are my Kansas City Chiefs regular season predictions:
10 Positives for the 10 Chiefs wins this year:
Matt Cassel will return to his 2010 Pro Bowl form, but will throw for more touchdowns and more interceptions. I'm predicting 3,100 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs.
Peyton Hillis will have a better season than Jamaal Charles. I'm not drinking the haterade on Jamaal. I own an authentic jersey with his name on it, and I will be wearing it at Arrowhead when the Chiefs take on the Broncos in week 12. I scream, "Jamaaaaaaal!!" every time he has a 10+ yard run. I just see Hillis as a 1-year contract player who has a lot to prove and potentially a lot to lose. Charles has a newish contract and a guaranteed starter spot as long as he's healthy. That, and, I think the Chiefs use him in moderation at least to start the season. I predict Hillis to have 950 yards rushing, 7 TDs, 45 receptions, 450 yards, 4 TDs.
Shaun Smith will return to the Chiefs, and will rush for a TD on 3rd and Goal.
Eric Berry will return to the Pro Bowl with 100 tackles and 7 INTs.
Derrick Johnson will maintain Pro Bowl form and will break the Chiefs single-season tackling record.
Nate Eachus will make the 53-man roster.
Jerrel Powe will outperform Dontari Poe in the regular season, and
will be the starting NT by Week 8.
The Kansas City Chiefs will win the AFC West, and win their first playoff game in a million years.
6 Negatives for the 6 Chiefs losses this year:
Brandon Flowers will miss 6 games with a nagging foot injury.
Dwayne Bowe will have more drops this season than any other.
Tony Moeaki will prove to be injury-prone and miss at least 6 games this year.
Stanford Routt will be a thorn in the Chiefs defense's side averaging 1.5 penalties a game.
Kendrick Lewis won't return from injury until Week 8.
The Kansas City Chiefs will lose 4 of their first 5 games.
Thanks for reading and Go Chiefs!!!