Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard (96) tackles Denver Broncos running back Juwan Thompson (40) in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium.The Broncos defeated the Chiefs Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Week 2 is likely the key to the Division Title
The key to making the playoffs and winning the AFC West is splitting the home and home matchups with the Denver Broncos.
It is difficult to beat Peyton Manning at home in Denver. The AFC West is always a roller coaster with the Chargers and Raiders pulling divisional wins out of thin air. More than any other division in the NFL, any team can beat any other each and every Sunday.
The young Chiefs have to take full advantage of playing at Arrowhead, as the NFL Network has prominently acknowledged, the loudest stadium in the NFL. If they do, the team can take the lead dog role in the race for the the AFC West.
Becoming the Top secondary in the AFC
Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
A lot has been made of the lineup in the Kansas City Chiefs defensive backfield. Jason La Canfora daydreamed about the Chiefs being so deep at safety that they could trade Tyvon Branch. That didn’t happen and the Chiefs clearly have the deepest safety position with four legitimate starter-caliber players at the position.
Add to that a rookie corner that has the potential to become half of an elite tandem with Philip Gaines (are you reading that Gregg Rosenthal?). Sean Smith will return from suspension to give the 3-corner depth that rivals any in the league. Those are serious additions to the #2 passing defense in 2014. As the 2015 season unfolds, expect the Chiefs secondary to become elite.
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