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NFL.com Analyst Picks Chiefs To Go To The Super Bowl


The experts at NFL.com seem to be very high on the Kansas City Chiefs this season, with one analyst going so far as to predict a Super Bowl appearance.

NFL.com analyst Adam Rank, in his preseason predictions, forecasts the Chiefs to meet the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game this winter. Rank has the Chiefs winning that game, moving on to face (and lose to) the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

An AFC Championship between the Patriots and Chiefs would provide plenty of intrigue. The Chiefs are often refereed to as “Patriots West” thanks to GM Scott Pioli bringing “The Patriot Way” to Kansas City. The Chiefs also traded for Tom Brady’s backup, Matt Cassel, when Pioli arrived in Kansas City. The Chiefs were dreadful in Pioli’s first season in 2009 but in year two, Cassel and company surprised the NFL by winning the AFC West. In 2011, the team took a step back, due to injuries and strife between management and then head coach Todd Haley. Following the season, Haley was fired and Pioli promoted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who coordinated New England’s championship defenses of the last decade, to be the new head coach. This only strengthened the KC-New England connection.

The Chiefs and Pats did meet last year in the regular season, but KC was but a shell of the team that will see the field this season. Cassel was out with a season-ending hand injury so the world is still waiting (on the edge of their seats, I’m sure) for Cassel vs. Brady.

Rank isn’t the only NFL.com analyst high on the Chiefs. Analyst Greg Rosenthal also has a Chiefs/Patriots AFC title game, however he has Tom Brady emerging victorious. In all, 13 of the 16 voting analysts picked the Chiefs to make the playoffs, either as AFC West Champions or as Wild Cards.

There is certainly a lot of buzz around the Chiefs, both locally and nationally. Peyton Manning may be stealing most of the headlines but for Chiefs fans, the extra attention and dare I say, respect, from the big outlets, has to feel pretty good.

The only problem with opinions is that everyone’s got one. If KC stumbles out of the gate, all the good feelings surrounding the team will quickly vanish. If, however, they can upset the favored Falcons Sunday at Arrowhead, the KC to the Super Bowl talk may just increase.

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  • Bryant Douglass

    Bold prediction….

  • Bryant Douglass

    Bold prediction….

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Hell, why not? Nobody was predicting the Cardinals to make the big dance a few years ago. If the Chiefs get into the playoffs and get hot, who knows.

      • ArrowFan

        The Giants have done it twice

      • Bryant Douglass

        They may very well make the playoffs, but the Super Bowl…. Should be interesting to see.

  • Justin R Groth

    Haha madden 13 approves this messege… I simulated a season and sure enough we beat the pats only to lose to green bay… Charles had 1652 yrds

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      The Chiefs are really good in Madden 13. I played the Pats last night on All-Pro and held them to 6 points. Dorsey and Houston sacked Brady three times each.

      • tm1946

        Now if only we all played Madden and the real guys never had to step on the field. everything would be rainbows and cotton candy.
        Thank goodness we have sundays and do not have to play video games to be part of the greatest sport on earth.

        • Justin R Groth

          Chill man I just did what NFL network does every year just to see what happened. Just found it funny that we came up with same results. Madden holds me over till Sunday but isn’t a replacement… Think of it as asprin to a morphine addict just not the same but helpful when holding off the withdraws.

      • Justin R Groth

        I know running with Charles makes every game an easy win because the D is so good… Against Aaron Rogers Arenas had two int and three sacks… Hint put arenas in flowers spot but have berry cover the guy and blitz arenas. Gives you berry flowers and rout covering Lewis roaming and Houston Hali on the edge goood times.

  • Altarium

    I can’t say that it’s likely, but it’s not impossible! Lots of people seem to forget that if you get hot at the right time for the playoffs, you can go all the way…. seriously, did everyone forget that the Giants were 9-7 last season and still won the big game?

  • BigGil

    I’m not the only one predicting a Chiefs/Packers SB, huh? Nice.

  • http://twitter.com/scottbwalters Scott Walters

    I love that the majority of NFL.com’s guys are picking Chiefs to win the AFC West. Makes me feel a lot better.

  • Btootall

    Luke Rudy said “I have waited for this moment my whole life”!