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How Many Games Will The Chiefs Win In 2014?


Las Vegas recently weighed in on how it thinks the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs will perform next season and the results may not be something KC fans will like to hear.

 

Eight wins, eh?

Look folks, the good news here is that we are so far away from the 2014 NFL season that predictions this time of year mean about as much as Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day.

That said, an eight-win season is certainly a possibility for the Chiefs. Back in 2010, KC went 10-6 under then head coach Todd Haley. The team made improvements the following offseason and though the schedule was harder, most Chiefs fans figured the team would improve enough to at least match the previous year’s record.

A rash of injuries and a slow start to the season brought that thinking to a halt rather quickly. The Chiefs ended up winning only seven games in 2011 and things got even worse in 2012.

The 2013 Chiefs had a lot of things go their way. Looking back over last season, I can see a handful of games that the Chiefs easily could have lost. A few unlucky bounces and 11-5 could have turned into 9-7 or 8-8 pretty easily.

In the NFL, any team can go from rags to riches from one season to the next. We see it happen every year. That parity is one of the reasons why the NFL is so popular.

It is much, much harder to win consistently in the NFL. That is why what the New England Patriots have done over the past decade-plus has been so damn impressive.

The Todd Haleys and Romeo Crennels of the world have been able to take terrible teams and turn them into 10-game winners in the NFL. So while we should be thrilled that Kansas City won 11 games last season, we shouldn’t be impressed just yet. Not even a little bit.

Thankfully, unlike Crennel and Haley, current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has a track record of leading a consistent winner in the NFL. And while past success is no guarantee of future results, especially in the NFL, Chiefs fans should take solace in the fact that “Big Red” is steering the ship in KC.

Don’t get discouraged by the eight-win projection. Eight wins is actually a pretty dang good place to start. Eight-win teams are just a couple of lucky bounces away from being nine or 10 or even 11 win teams.

Let’s just hope luck stays on KC’s side next season.

What do you think, Addicts? Will the Chiefs win more than eight games in 2014?

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • mnelson52

    I agree a bounce or two could have caused a couple of losses, but at the same time a bounce or two could have got them a couple more wins. I think this year depends on how many O-linemen they lose. I’ve stated in other post that it took OTAs, their regular practice, 4 preseason games, and half of the regular season for the O-lines to gel together in Reid’s System. I would hate to have a new line learning again, without the benefit of a weak schedule to get wins while learning.

    • mnelson52

      I think 8-8 is a good place to start also, since we don’t have a clue who will be on our team.

  • Brian Dempsey

    The correct answer to this question is UNKNOWN, because as Chris Berman always said “that’s why they play the games”.

  • freshmeat62

    10-6.

    I agree w/ mnelson, they can’t lose 3 from the o-line. They have to sign a couple of those guys. I wonder if Dorsey is regretting the contract he gave Bowe. The guy isn’t worth half what he’s making.

  • Travis Forsyth

    Hopefully, 11-5 and a playoff victory…
    You know as far as results are concerned, we’re a year behind the colts…
    Look, in 2011, the colts go 2-14, get the 1st overall pick, and change the GM, HC, and QB. The chiefs do the exact same in 2012. Speaking of 2012, the colts go 11-5 with a playoff appearance just as the chiefs do in 2013. If kc is to continue this trend, they’ll go 11-5 with a playoff victory just as the colts did in 2013…ironically against us.

    • Calchiefsfan

      So next year the Chiefs should go11-5 with a playoff victory against the Colts :)

      I like your thinking Travis.

    • KCMikeG

      That’s right where I have them.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m thinking 10-6.

  • toperspective

    It’s a reasonable guess since the schedule will be very tough. Lots of work to do to fix that offense and sort out the OL. Wish I had more faith….or any faith in Sutton. But I’ll go with 9-7.

  • tm1946

    Would like to wait until after the draft and free agency period. To many variables right now for me. We know the schedule, coaches, and base players but need a feel for Dorsey’s dream.

  • Blake Molina

    Ask me after free agency and the draft. Strength of schedule will definitely make double-digit wins no easy feat

  • chiefridgy

    Hey Patrick. I’ve been away from the site for awhile. I take it Andrew is no longer with the site?

    • DoubleD

      Correct.

      • chiefridgy

        Guess I’m back then. Thanks DD.

  • micah stephenson

    I’m giving them 8-8 every yr untill they get a QB.

    • Travis Forsyth

      What do you have against alex smith??? Sure, I didn’t like the trade when it was first made but I sure am glad he’s our QB now. Heck, Alex is arguably the best QB we’ve had since Trent Green left…

      • micah stephenson

        Yea that’s cus nobody cares about having a good QB around here. Never have, never will. Yea he the best sinse T.Green but he still ain’t much, which is good enough around here.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Hard to say what the record will be with two very big ifs going into this season. First, if our defense plays like it did the last half of the season the Chiefs are in trouble. Second, if the O line DOESN’T play like it did the last half of the season then the Chiefs have some major problems.

    The D really needs to get its act together. I don’t know if it’s Sutton or a personnel problem but it needs to be fixed. Definitely more speed at FS to play the kind of schemes Sutton runs.

    Dorsey needs to sign Schwartz preferably and/or Asamoah and get a third swing tackle to keep this line together. If Fisher can show the Poe like growth in his second year, (which I, quite frankly, am expecting), then he and Stephenson should be able to minimize the loss of Albert. We still need a third quality OT as insurance against injuries. We all saw how important that was last year.

    I have to go along with almost everyone else, we’ll know more after the FA period and the draft. One good year doesn’t make a dynasty but it’s a good start.

  • In_My_Opinion1

    “In the NFL, any team can go from rags to riches from one season to the next. We see it happen every year. That parody is one of the reasons why the NFL is so popular.”

    Patrick- I think you mean “parity”, not parody. Although, we did do our best “elite defense” impersonation through the first half of the season. Still, none of our opponents found it funny :)

  • John Thom

    11-5

  • sidibeke

    I need to see what happens in FA. I think the O is legit if we don’t lose our entire line to FA. If JA (and I don’t mean Allen) and GS walk, 8-8 may be about right.

  • Rich Cooper

    Currently with the many FA potential losses I’d say 8-8 might be a fair assesminent. That said after FA and the Draft this area may need revisiting. I honestly think the guys will figure it out and have the team ready for the first games and the season on the whole. Therefor I’m thinking 11-5 again with at least 1 playoff win. Get us play makers Mr Dorsey. Then Andy can help mold them into an emerging force in the NFL.

  • mnelson52

    If we can’t sign our own FAs, we have too many wholes to fill with too little money to have a winning year, but hopefully build well on the years to come.