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Regular Season's Greetings! From the ChiefsEnthusiast

As the 53 has been set, kinda (RIP Ramik Wilson era) it's time for us to look forward and, with the power of homerism, alcohol, and a little bit of luck, I'm going to set out to predict the Chiefs season and just how far they make it into the playoffs (if they make it at all). I'll also predict all twelve playoff teams, the major award recipients, and the eventual champion squad. Ready? Awesome, let's dive right in.

The Schedule, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dump-Off

Week One: vs. Chargers

Prediction: WIN (1-0)

The Chargers are a good team with a very nice offense: Phil Rivers, Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates (Did you know he used to play basketball??), rookie TE Hunter Henry and Melvin Gordon coming out of the backfield. However, their defense is not great (especially since 3rd overall pick Joey Bosa probably won't join the team in week one) and their offensive line has maybe 8 snaps before someone combusts spontaneously. I give the Chiefs the edge here thanks to a bully of a D-line and an improved offense, even if Jamaal isn't ready for week one.

Week Two: at Texans

Prediction: WIN (2-0)

Kansas City has owned Houston the last few years, but I'm not taking that into account here. The Chiefs offense is better this year, with their o-line being better equipped to handle JJ Watt and JD Clowney off the edges, and their defense should be ready to handle Brock Osweiler's offense, even with DeAndre Hopkins and a bevy of new, speedy receivers.

Week Three: vs Jets

Prediction: WIN (3-0)

I don't know about you, but I'm not buying Fitzmagic a second year in a row. There's a lot of reasons that the Jets are due to regress this year, from Fitzpatrick having a career year last year and not being likely to repeat, to Brandon Marshall being due for one of his trademark meltdowns, to Darelle Revis taking a step back as he gets older and there not being a true CB2 on the team... The Chiefs should roll against the J-E-T-S at home.

Week Four: @ Steelers (MNF)

Prediction: LOSS: (3-1)

I can easily see the Chiefs stumbling here. Le'Veon Bell will return from his suspension, Antonio Brown is a top-2 receiver in football, and Ben Roethlisberger is a pretty good QB. Their defense isn't anything to write home about, especially with Bud Dupree on IR, and their CBs are pretty bad. If Philip Gaines can match up with AB (I say Gaines and not MP22 because Gaines has superior speed to match Brown's athleticism that Peters just... doesn't have) and we can hold Bell to a minimal night, then I could see the Chiefs improving to 4-0, but I think that we get edged out in the Pitt.

Week Five: BYE

Halftime!

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Week Six: @ Raiders

Prediction: WIN (4-1)

The Raiders are a better club now than they've been in a long time, but I think they might be a year away: the Chiefs' defense should be good enough to contain Latavius Murray and pressure Derek Carr, and when Carr is under durress he doesn't perform as well as Raiders fans would have you believe. Jeremy Maclin should absolutely roast Sean Smith (I'm thinking 120+ yards and a TD) and Kelce has a good matchup against their new safeties. It will be a close game, and it honestly could go either way, but I think KC gets it done.

Week Seven: vs Saints

Prediction: WIN (5-1)

Nawlins has a really, really bad defense. Even after ejecting resident moron Rob Ryan, the Saints are dreadful looking on defense, even as their offense begins to show some life with some shiny receivers around HOFer Drew Brees. The Chiefs should be able to easily take advantage of a defense that has a weak pass rush and a less-than-ideal DB situation (even though I like Vonn Bell and Kenny Vacarro). Look for the Chiefs D to hassle Brees and our O to run hogwild (Alex might even pass for 300 yards for the first time in his life.) It's also possible that Justin Houston returns here, which would be awesome.

Week Eight: @ Colts

Prediction: WIN (6-1)

Another week, another awful defense. The Colts hate defense (or Ryan Grigson is an idiot) (or both) so the Chiefs have a favorable matchup there. Furthermore, their OL has two good players, LT Castonzo, who sucked last year and might be declining, and C Ryan Kelly, a rookie. Even with their bevy of speedy WRs, Luck won't be able to hit them if he's being murdered behind a high school level OL.

Week Nine: vs Jaguars

Prediction: LOSS (6-2)

Before you get your torches and pitchforks, hear me out. The Jags had a dynamite offense last year, and look to improve. Their defense has a lot of good players coming in this year, such as pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr., FA DE Malik Jackson, rookie DB Jalen Ramsey, CB Prince Amukamara, and MLB Myles Jack, so they should improve. Plus, the Chiefs seem to lose one game that they should win every year, and it's very likely Jacksonville pulls an upset.

Week Ten: @ Panthers

Prediction: LOSS (6-3)

The Panthers are a very, very good team, with a strong offense and stronger defense. While I'm not saying we have no chance, the Panthers should be a favorite in this game for a reason, and barring an injury to Cam Newton, I think they'll take us out on their home turf.

Week Eleven: vs Bucanneers

Prediction: WIN (7-3)

We break our losing skid at home against the Tampa Bay Bucs. I don't have faith that this team will be better than 8-8 this year, and suspect that Doug Martin's great 2015 was a fluke more than anything. I think the Chiefs take advantage of an okay-at-best defense and hold of Jameis Winston in Arrowhead.

Week Twelve: @ Broncos

Prediction: LOSS (7-4)

The Chiefs should've swept the Broncos last year, with only last-minute heroics by Peyton and a back-breaking Jamaal fumble handing the game in Arrowhead away last year. Paxton Lynch should probably be starting by now in Denver, and I think that Heisenbob's defense does a good job confusing rookie QBs. However, their defense is still very good, so look for a low-scoring affair, and I think the Chiefs get edged out in Denver.

Week Thirteen: @ Falcons

Prediction: WIN (8-4)

The Falcons are improving their offense, adding WR Mohamed Sanu and C Alex Mack to the fold, and improving their defense with draft pick Keanu Neal joining Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in the secondary. I don't think they'll be very good, and I think the Chiefs will beat them here, but don't be surprised if Julio absolutely roasts our DBs. He's a savage.

Week Fourteen: vs Raiders

Prediction: WIN (9-4)

A rematch against Oakland at home, and I think it should be a good game. The Raiders should be gelling better as a unit, but I still think the Chiefs pull off the sweep.

Week Fifteen: vs Titans

Prediction: WIN (10-4)

The Titans are on the rise, with mauler Derrick Henry in the running game and Marcus Mariota directing their passing attack. While I think the Titans will be a better team than the one that beat us in 2014, I think the Chiefs take care of business against them this time around.

Week Sixteen: vs Broncos (Christmas Day)

Prediction: WIN (11-4)

There's no god damn way the Donkeys are ruining my Christmas.

Week Seventeen: @ Chargers

Prediction: WIN (12-4)

With the division secure, the Chiefs rest their starters, rolling with the Foles, who lets loose on the Bolts. Foles to Tyreek becomes a highlight reel machine, and Hill combines for 200 yards from scrimmage. The Chiefs cruise, and secure a first round bye in the playoffs.

The Playoff Field, or The Good, the Better, and the NFC East

AFC

  1. Patriots (13-3) BYE
  2. Chiefs (12-4) BYE
  3. Bengals (11-5)
  4. Texans (9-7)
  5. Steelers (10-6)
  6. Denver (9-7)

NFC

  • Panthers (13-3) BYE
  • Seahawks (12-4) BYE
  • Packers (12-4)
  • Redskins (8-8)
  • Cardinals (10-6)
  • Vikings (9-7)
  • The NFL Awards, or "It's a Major Award!"

    NFL MVP: Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

    Wilson should lead his team to a very nice record this year, and compile a ton of stats while doing so. I think he surpasses Cam Newton's passing numbers from last year, and while his rushing numbers probably won't equal Newton's, I think Wilson has a good enough season to take the most prestigious award of the night.

    OPOY: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

    It's also very likely that this goes to Wilson, but for the sake of argument I say Jones takes home the trophy after setting an NFL record for catches and receiving yards (150 receptions for 1900 yards with 9 TDs) With an offense around him, Julio will cement himself as the best receiver in football, and be recognized for his efforts.

    DPOY: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Raiders

    I think Mack is a force of nature that we have to worry about, and he'll be honored for an excellent season with DPOY over the likes of Aaron Donald and JJ Watt. He's one of the best pass-rushers in the league, and a do-it-all defensive playmaker.

    OROY: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Cowboys

    I don't think this will surprise anyone. If Elliot remains healthy, he should be able to contend for leading the league in rushing this year behind a dominant Boys OL.

    DROY: Myles Jack, MLB, Jaguars

    Myles Jack should become a dominant player in the Jags front seven, and even if the Jags aren't better than 8-8, Jack should become a MLB respected around the league for his run-stuffing prowess and ability to cover TEs and RBs out of the backfield.

    Comeback Player of the Year: Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

    I'm thinking Jamaal has a huge year for us, and will be honored for it. He'll keep his career YPC around 5.5, and rush for 1600 yards in just 15 games, becoming the second Chief to win this nebulous award in two years.

    Walter Payton Man of the Year: Thomas Davis, LB, Panthers

    He's a really nice guy, and there's no way to predict this award.

    Coach of the Year: Andy Reid, Chiefs

    Reid is recognized for taking his team to the second best record in the league, breaking the Ron Rivera/Bruce Arians domination of the last half-decade.

    Passing Leaders

    1. Drew Brees (4950 yards)
    2. Philip Rivers (4700 yards)
    3. Blake Bortles (4600 yards)
    4. Matt Ryan (4400 yards)
    5. Ben Roethlisberger (4350 yards)

    Rushing Leaders

    1. Jamaal Charles (1536 yards)
    2. Ezekiel Elliot (1379 yards)
    3. Adrian Peterson (1247 yards)
    4. Todd Gurley (1200 yards)
    5. Le'Veon Bell (1175 yards)

    Receiving Leaders

    1. Julio Jones (1902 yards)
    2. Antonio Brown (1696 yards)
    3. Odell Beckham Jr. (1476 yards)
    4. DeAndre Hopkins (1340 yards)
    5. Allen Robinson (1297 yards)

    Chiefs Key Player Stats

    Alex Smith: 3900 yards, 27 TDs, 6 INTs, 5 rushing TDs
    Jamaal Charles: 1536 yards rushing, 300 receiving, 9 rushing TDs, 4 receiving TDs
    Jeremy Maclin: 1100 receiving yards, 8 TDs
    Travis Kelce: 1001 receiving yards, 7 TDs
    Chris Conley: 700 receiving yards, 4 TDs
    Albert Wilson: 500 receiving yards, 2 TDs
    Tamba Hali: 6 sacks, 2 PDs
    Dee Ford: 7 sacks, 20 TFLs
    Marcus Peters: 9 INTs, 20 PDs
    Philip Gaines: 3 INTs, 15 PDs
    Derrick Johnson: 75 tackles, 20 TFLs, 2 sacks
    Eric Berry: 2 INTs, 6 TFLs, 3 sacks, 8 PDs


    Playoff Results

    Wild Card Weekend

    Broncos @ Bengals

    The Bengals and Marv Lewis finally get the monkey off their backs, and edge the defending champs on a Trevor Simien INT. Bengals 17, Broncos 14

    Steelers @ Texans

    The Texans get trounced, just not as bad as last year. Steelers 27, Texans 14

    Vikings @ Packers

    The Bradford-led Vikings, who got into the playoffs riding their defense, get annihilated by an angry Aaron Rodgers. Packers 30, Vikings 7

    Cardinals @ Redskins

    The Cards have to travel, thanks to the Redskins winning the worst division in football, and hand them their hats on their home turf. Cardinals 27, Redskins 10

    Divisional Round

    Steelers @ Patriots

    The Steelers walk into Gillette, where Tom Brady proceeds to have an epic gunslinging match with Ben Roethlisberger. The Patriots walk away victorious after an OT INT by Nate Ebner gets run back for a TD. Patriots 42, Steelers 36

    Bengals @ Chiefs

    Arrowhead hosts a playoff game for the first time in a decade, and the Dalton-led Bengals are deafened by a record-breaking roar as the Chiefs cruise to a win. Chiefs 24, Bengals 13

    Cardinals @ Panthers

    The Cardinals look good for a half, but Carson Palmer crumbles under pressure as Kony Ealy records three sacks and the Panthers win 20-13.

    Packers @ Seahawks

    Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson duel as only elite QBs can with another No Punt Game. Ultimately, the Seahawks edge the Packers after Christine Michael runs it in from 20 yards out with time expiring. Seahawks 30, Packers 27

    Championship Games

    Chiefs @ Patriots

    A rematch of last year's divisonal round, the Chiefs walk into Gillette Stadium and, despite a hard-fought game, are edged out by a HOF coach and QB. Patriots 20, Chiefs 17

    Seahawks @ Panthers

    The LOB matches up against the Panther's stout defense, and the resulting game between two MVPs is a grinding game, Newton and Wilson combining for 2 TDs and 4 INTs. Jonathon Stewart turns out to be the deciding factor, and the Panthers win on the back of the lone TD of the game. Panthers 13, Seahawks 9

    Super Bowl LI

    Patriots vs Panthers

    A rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Panthers get their revenge, with Cam Newton running all over Bill Belichick's defense, rookie CBs James Bradberry and Daryl Worley shutting down Edelman and Amendola, and Star Lotuleilei having a career game with 2 sacks. The Panthers win a snoozer, 27-13

    Conclusion

    So how'd I do, guys? I really do hate to break for the Patriots to break our hearts again, but in my fantasy world here, Tom Brady retires after the Super Bowl and the Patriots never win another game. Anyway, tell me how wrong I am in the comments, and have a happy Labor Day.

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