Is Kansas City A Better Team In 2014?

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Is Kansas City A Better Team In 2014?

Should You Bet On Kansas City Chiefs In The 2014 NFL Season?

The Kansas City Chiefs (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 7-9 O/U) will enter the 2014 regular season looking to build on the promising campaign they surprised the rest of the league with last season.

After racking up an impressive 11 wins en route to a Wild Card playoff appearance a year ago, the Chiefs have a lot of reasons to be excited about the upcoming 2014 NFL regular season.

Let’s take a look at Kansas City ‘s chances of cashing in on their Super Bowl 49 Futures Odds, before looking at their division prospects and Week 1 regular season opener.

Betting On the Kansas City Chiefs to Win the 2015 Super Bowl

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49
Kansas City Chiefs +5000

Analysis: The Chiefs were one of just five teams to record double-digit wins in the AFC last season and they should be at least as good in 2014, if not better, as respected head coach Andy Reid continues his transformation of the Chiefs after his surprisingly successful first season in Kansas City a year ago.

Having said that, I’d have to say that, yes, the Chiefs are definitely worthy of a wager against their 2015 NFL Super Bowl Futures Odds.

I know the Chiefs need to improve their mediocre 24th-ranked passing attack and that they finished the 2013 regular season ranked 26th against the pass and 22nd against the run, but I still believe the Chiefs will challenge for another postseason berth in 2014 at the very least after tweaking their roster this offseason. Kansas City added defensive end Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL Draft, but the team didn’t do as much in free agency as I expected.

Kansas City also has a cerebral quarterback in veteran Alex Smith that isn’t going to cost his team games with foolish turnovers (23 TD’s, 7 Int’s) and one of the game’s most versatile running backs in fleet-footed veteran Jamaal Charles (1,287 rushing, 693 receiving).

Kansas City is in talks to re-sign Smith, recognizing that while he may not have the biggest arm in the league, the fact that he rarely turns the ball over gives his team an excellent chance to win almost each time out.

“I mean, there’s communication going on,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during his news conference Monday. “Like I told you before, that’s the important thing.

“Alex is a good football player, he’s great for this football team and we’re lucky to have him here.”

Sure this team has areas it needs to address, but they’ve got the key ingredients for success, starting with Reid, Smith, Charles and a wealth of young athletes they expect to contribute right away, particularly on defense.

The Chiefs are now sold on Reid after leading them to seven more wins than they recorded in 2012.

“We can’t be complacent,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe told reporters recently. “Learning from him and what he did last year, starting (9-0) … nobody on our team ever had a start like that, so evidently he knows something. If you want to win, you’ve just got to go with whatever he says.”

Betting On the Kansas City Chiefs to Win the AFC West

  • Denver Broncos -350
  • Kansas City Chiefs +600
  • San Diego Chargers +600
  • Oakland Raiders +3000

Analysis: The Chiefs finished second to Denver in the AFC West but they were just 2-4 SU and 3-3 ATS against their division rivals – and the only team they managed to beat was Oakland as they dropped all four games against the Broncos and Chargers.

I don’t see the Chiefs winning the division in 2014 and they very well could take a step backwards as I am expecting the nine-win Chargers to be improved in 2014 as well.

Kansas City is just 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS over its last 10 games against their AFC West division rivals and I don’t see them winning the division in 2014, though I can’t say they aren’t worth a bet. K.C. could have an outside shot to win the division, but I’m going with Denver to win it, followed by San Diego and then Kansas City .

Projected Order of finish: Denver , San Diego , Kansas City, Oakland

Betting On the Kansas City Chiefs to Win In Week One

  • Tennessee Titans at K.C. Chiefs -6
  • Over/Under 43.5

Analysis: The Chiefs look like a virtual lock to win and cash in against Tennessee in their 2014 regular season opener if you ask me. The Titans are heading in a new direction in 2014 after firing former head coach Mike Munchak following last season’s mediocre 7-9 campaign.

Tennessee is 4-6 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in its last 10 road games while Kansas City has compiled a decent 6-4 SU mark in its last 10 home games, despite going just 3-7 ATS over the span.

At this point in his career, oft-injured signal-caller Jake Locker may or may not be the answer at quarterback for Tennessee which is why I like the Chiefs to take care of business at home in this one.

The Chiefs are 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of eight points or less and I like them to win and cover in their opener against a Titans team that is just 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS over its last 10 games as a dog of eight or less points.

My Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -7 Points

Kansas City Chiefs Betting Tips

The Chiefs play the four NFC West members in 2014 and that could be a good thing if history means anything. K.C. has recorded a perfect 10-0 SU and near-perfect 9-1 ATS mark in their last 10 games against teams from the NFC West.

Of course, they only play the division once every four years and each of the NFC West teams they’ll play thins season is vastly different from the teams that Kansas City faced back in 2010.

The Chiefs have won seven of their last 10 games as a favorite so they look like an excellent Money Line wager when the odds say they should win.

The Over is 6- 1 in the Chiefs’ last seven games and 3- 1 in their last four home games, though the Under is 6- 4 in K.C.’s last 10 home games overall.

I think the Chiefs could ‘open up a can’ on several teams in 2014, including Tennessee, the New York Jets, Buffalo and Oakland while taking it on the chin against the Broncos, Patriots, Niners, Chargers and Seahawks.

2014 Kansas City Chiefs Projected Starters

Kansas City Chiefs Projected 2014 Starters

Offense

Defense

QB

Alex Smith

DE

Mike DeVito

RB

Jamaal Charles

DT

Dontari Poe

WR1

Dwayne Bowe

DE

Vance Walker

WR2

Donnie Avery

OLB

Tamba Hali

TE1

Travis Kelce

ILB

Derrick Johnson

TE2

Anthony Fasano  /  Sean McGrath

ILB

Joe Mays

LT

Eric Fisher

OLB

Justin Houston

LG

Jeff Allen

CB1

Sean Smith

C

Rodney Hudson

CB2

Marcus Cooper

RG

Jeffrey Linkenbach

SS

Eric Berry

RT

Donald Stephenson   

FS

Husain Abdullah