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2013 Kansas City Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs were the definition of underachievers last season in the NFL. When the Chiefs lost their first two games of the season by a combined 34 points, their fans knew the 2012-13 season was not going to be pretty. They started off 1-5 (2-3 against the spread), and it did not get any better at any point in the season as they lost nine of their last 10 (3-7 ATS) as well to finish 2-14 overall. Kansas City's brutal record did enable the team to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, which was about the only thing Chiefs fans had to look forward to.

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In his fifth season with the team, KC running back Jamaal Charles enjoyed a career year, made even more remarkable by the fact that he was coming off a torn ACL the previous season. Charles was fourth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,509 to go along with 236 yards receiving and six total touchdowns. However, Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had a down year with only 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns. This was quite a letdown, as Bowe had totaled more than 2,300 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns in the previous two seasons combined. The real problem for the Chiefs was at quarterback, as Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn each started eight games. Neither stood out, with Cassel throwing for 1,796 yards and twice as many interceptions (12) as touchdowns (six) while Quinn was even worse, failing to throw for 1,200 yards and tossing four times as many interceptions (eight) as touchdowns (two).

At the end of the season, Kansas City fired head coach Romeo Crennel and also let GM Scott Pioli go. Shortly after firing Crennel, the Chiefs fired former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to replace him. The Chiefs then made another big move in early March, trading for veteran QB Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 34th pick in the 2013 NFL draft and a conditional pick next season as well. Smith was happy to be out of the Bay Area after Colin Kaepernick had dethroned him as the starting QB. Kansas City then took offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan with the top overall pick, and he should anchor their line for years to come. In free agency, the Chiefs also added tight end Anthony Fasano and cornerback Dunta Robinson, who should be part of a very solid secondary alongside Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers.

The oddsmakers at 5Dimes have Kansas City set at O/U 7.5 wins for the upcoming season. This is quite a jump for a team that was just 2-14 last year, but with Reid and Smith on board, the talent is there for the Chiefs to win eight or nine games in the relatively soft AFC West.

Recommended Play: OVER 7.5



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