Thinking about the regular season is an exciting thing. The Kansas City Chiefs look like a legitimate contender for the first time since Dick Vermeil and Trent Green (maybe even earlier than that considering the defense then) and optimism is high.
Kansas City has a litany of high-profile players on both sides of the ball. The roster promises a fun campaign provided good health is a staple, making the next six months seem incredibly long while we all wait for some real football.
In the meantime, here's a fun game for all of us to play. I'm going to throw out a player / subject and a realistic number. You say in the comments whether you expect the player/subject to go over or under that number. Not complicated. Let's get rolling.
Alex Smith passing yards: 3,300
In his first two years with the Chiefs, Smith has 3,313 and 3,265 passing yards in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In both those years, he had a receiving corps of Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins and Junior Hemingway. This time around, Jeremy Maclin and an improved offensive line are involved. Do you believe Smith will have more success or stay around his previous average?
Justin Houston / Tamba Hali / Dee Ford sacks: 32
Last year, the trio combined for 29.5, with Houston going for a franchise-record 22. Hali only had six and Ford had 1.5 in limited time, but seems primed for more action. Can this group improve over what we saw in 2014 or will Houston regress enough to make this number almost impossible?
Chiefs run defense: Ranked 16th
Last year, Kansas City could not stop anybody for running the ball towards the end of the year. Without fail, crappy running backs were gashing the Chiefs for 100+ yards without much trouble. This season, it is expected Mike DeVito adn Derrick Johnson will be back, helping to plug the previous holes. Can they get into the upper half of the league?
Travis Kelce / Jeremy Maclin receiving yards: 2,000
Maclin is coming off a tremendous season of over 1,300 yards, while Kelce came onto the scene in his pseudo-rookie year to lead the Chiefs with 67 catches, 862 yards and five touchdowns. With Smith throwing the ball and Jamaal Charles in the backfield, can this formidable duo get enough touches to hit 2,000 yards?
Playoff wins: 0.5
The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1993. This is arguably the most talented team Kansas City has had since then. Can this group finally break through and give us all a reason to celebrate in January?