The Kansas City Chiefs are just about two weeks away from beginning training camp. To help you pass the next couple of brutal/football-less weeks, I thought we could play a little over/under.
Some early season predictions have begun to trickle out, however those won’t mean much in a few weeks. It won’t be until we can get a look at the players on the field in the preseason that we can make our yearly not-so-accurate season forecasts.
Despite that, let’s see if we can predict a few of the finer details of the upcoming campaign. I’ll give my thoughts on each of these and then you guys can tell us what you think in the comments. Let’s get started.
1. Jamaal Charles will rush for 1300 yards
Over. JC is back and he’s going to be healthy throughout the entire season. The addition of Peyton Hillis will help keep him fresh and the addition of Eric Winston will make him the most dangerous back in the NFL.
2. Derrick Johnson will record 130 tackles
Under. Eric Berry is coming back and he will surely swoop in and steam some of DJ’s tackles. The Chiefs should also be greatly improved on offense this season which will mean fewer defensive snaps for DJ.
3. Jonathan Baldwin will finish the regular season with 800 yards receiving
Under. Baldwin has been wowing his teammates in the early OTA practices, but I just don’t see him going over 800 yards with Dwayne Bowe on the field and with Matt Cassel tossing the rock. The Chiefs are going to be a running team and they’re going to spread the ball around. 700 yards sounds about right.
4. Peyton Hillis will rush for 900 yards
Over. The 2012 Chiefs are going to be a better version of the 2010 Chiefs. Hillis is twice as good as Thomas Jones was in 2010 and will join Jamaal in the 1000-yard rushing club.
5. Brandon Flowers will snag four interceptions
Under. Flowers has only had more than four picks in a season once. The Chiefs defense will be better this season. They’ll play more press, thanks to the addition of Stanford Routt and the return of Eric Berry. I’m thinking teams will avoid Flowers this season and test Routt…and it will be Routt who comes up with the picks.
6. Dontari Poe will have two sacks
Even. Poe is too big and too fast not to snag a couple of sacks this season but that won’t matter. It will be how often he is able to apply pressure that will make the big difference in the team’s pass defense.
7. Matt Cassel will throw for 3,300 yards
Over. Cassel will have more weapons than ever this season. The Chiefs should finally have an offense that enables Cassel to deliver the ball so his teammates can make plays after the catch. I don’t think he’ll reach 4,000 yards because this will be a running team but 3,500 or 3,600 yards should be in the cards.
Alright, Addicts. Now it’s your turn. Over or under?