Monday, September 1, 2008

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: Kansas City Chiefs

We're now in the final division of our look at the 32 teams of the NFL. This week, our attention is turned towards the AFC West. Today, we take a look at the farthest eastern team in the West, the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs are a team with a lot of talent all-around. They have an excellent defense. However, their offense held back the team in 2007.

The choices at quarterback for the Chiefs were Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard. Unfortunately, neither one stepped it up. Huard had the best of the two, throwing for 2200 yards and 11 touchdowns. Croyle did not win any of the games he started in 2007.

Another issue for the Chiefs was the running game. In 2006, Larry Johnson had his best season ever as a running back. In 2007, well it wasn't his year. Johnson played eight games in 2007. He ran for 559 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson averaged 3.5 yards per carry, worst output in his career. Many attribute this slowdown to the fact that Johnson carried the ball 416 times in the NFL in 2006. If Johnson stays healthy, he should have a good season.

One pleasant surprise for the Chiefs was the rise of rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe caught 70 balls for almost 1000 yards. Bowe gives the Chiefs another weapon to turn to, taking pressure off of tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The Chiefs open up the 2008 regular season at home when they take on the defending AFC champions, the New England Patriots. At home, the Chiefs will face Tennessee, Tampa and Miami. On the road, the Chiefs will face Carolina, Atlanta and New York (Jets).

Time for those burnin' questions (yearbook style):
  • Brodie Croyle: Yeah he should be much better

  • Passing yards for Croyle: 2300 yards

  • Touchdown passes: 17

  • Interceptions: 15

  • Larry Johnson will: Probably get hurt

  • Yards for Johnson: 1100

  • The defense will: Finish in the top ten

  • Dwayne Bowe will: Miss out on 1000 yards again (As will Tony Gonzalez)

  • Chiefs fun fact: Tony Gonzalez needs only 18 yards to pass the 10,000 yard plateau

  • Coolest names (Top 3): Rudy Niswanger, Dustin Colquitt, Devard Darling

  • 80s song to best describe team: Save a Prayer- Duran Duran

  • In 2008, the Chiefs will: Go 7-9

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