Next up in our game by game preview of the 2017 season: the Chiefs, who have a bunch of young playmakers on offense, some of who may actually play when the teams meet in Week 2.
Drafted: QB Patrick Mahomes, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Jehu Chesson, LB Ukeme Eligwe, S Leon McQuay
Why they’ll lose to the Eagles
Who is Alex Smith going to get the ball to? Jeremy Maclin didn’t have his best season in 2016, but Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley haven’t yet shown that they replace him as “#1” receivers, and Smith isn’t capable of carrying them. Travis Kelce is excellent in the open field, but he hasn’t been great in the red zone, nor have the Chiefs, (3rd worst red zone offense in 2016, the Eagles 3rd best red zone defense), and the Eagles defense was #1 in DVOA against tight ends in 2016. The Chiefs rushing offense struggled all year, adding CJ Spiller won’t help; and while Kareem Hunt might be a long term solution, Andy Reid doesn’t drop rookie RBs into the deep end, so he probably won’t be a factor in this September game.
Under Reid, Kansas City has never been carried by their offense, and they won’t be in 2017. It’s easy to see the Chiefs, already not a high scoring team, struggling to score in 2017, especially early in the season as every WR adjusts to an elevated…
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