Locked on Chiefs: PFF’s Mike Renner on K.C.’s AFC West hopes

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Justin Houston
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Justin Houston /

The Kansas City Chiefs have had a tumultuous offseason heading into what should be a high-profile, highly successful 2017 season.

Can the Kansas City Chiefs repeat as AFC West Champion in 2017?

On the podcast today we speak with Mike Renner from ProFootballFocus.com. PFF recently put out their 2017 projections in which they calculate and predict the number of wins for each team in the NFL. This process was friendly to the AFC West in general although not as much to the Chiefs.

According to the predictions, Kansas City would finish third in the AFC West with 9 wins on the season. The same algorithm produced by PFF has the Los Angeles Chargers finishing in second with 10 wins and the Oakland Raiders winning the AFC West Division in 2017 with 11 wins.

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Now, this is just an average of the player grades over the last three seasons on a per roster basis. It doesn’t take into account players returning from injury or ascending players earning more playing time. It certainly didn’t account for the fact that Derek Carr has lost five of his six meetings with Kansas City with his only win coming in his first contest his rookie season.

In addition, PFF is very high on every on of the pass rush pairs within the division. While some believe the Chiefs linebacker groups is elite, PFF believes Kansas City may have the 4th best pass-rush duo in the NFL. Unfortunately, they point out that is could be the 4th best in the division as well. PFF is very high on all the outside pass rushers within the AFC West Division.

Thanks, Addicts!