This Is It, Chiefs: Why Kansas City Could Be the NFL’s Next Powerhouse

In his first start of his first season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback, Patrick Mahomes was unstoppable as the Chiefs won Sunday’s game against the Chargers 38-28. Throwing for 256 yards and four touchdowns with a 55.5% completion rate, Mahomes looked at home at the helm of his offense. Assisting Mahomes in his dominance over the Chargers was star receiver Tyreek Hill, who hauled in seven receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to this, Hill also rushed for 91 yards to return a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter.

If Mahomes and Hill can continue the quality of play they showed yesterday and stud running back Kareem Hunt can repeat the success he achieved last season, the Kansas City Chiefs are real contenders to make a deep playoff run in the AFC. The AFC West, consisting of the Chiefs, Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers, is in no way an easy division; however, it is one that Kansas City can win, just like they did last season, if the team is able to perform at a high caliber all season and avoid major injuries. While these are certainly tall tasks for a team that has struggled to take that “next step” in terms of becoming an elite squad in this league, with a roster this talented and our beloved Eagles veteran coach Andy Reid leading the way, the Chiefs have an opportunity to be very successful this season.

Taking a glance at Kansas City’s schedule going forward, the team will have some real challenges that they have to overcome if they intend to make the playoffs and take a shot at winning their first championship since 1970. Games with the Steelers, Patriots, Jaguars, Rams, and Seahawks could all prove to be difficult for the Chiefs, as could all of their divisional games. One major factor that could help the Chiefs’ shot at a title, however, is the fact that the AFC is currently so weak in comparison to the juggernaut NFC. If Kansas City has its sights set on making it to the AFC Championship and possibly to the big game, this year may be the year for them to go all in.


Sean Zarzatian, Underdawg Sports Writer

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