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Kansas City Chiefs 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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Kansas City Chiefs
2011 record: 7-9 (Fourth in AFC West)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    The Chiefs have the talent to make a run at the Super Bowl in Romeo Crennel’s first season, but Matt Cassel will have to be on his game to pull it off.
    Prediction: 11-5, first in AFC West

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    Welcome back, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry. Coming off injury-marred seasons, the running back and safety should provide some much-needed explosiveness on each side of the football.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in AFC West

  • Adam Schein

    Jamaal Charles, Matt Cassel, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki are healthy. Romeo Crennel reduces the drama Todd Haley created. The passing attack can be explosive.
    Prediction: 10-6, first in AFC West

  • Steve Wyche

    The Chiefs are stacked on both sides of the ball. Matt Cassel wants to be mentioned with the other QBs in this division - and he delivers.
    Prediction: 11-5, first in AFC West

In The Spotlight
Peyton Hillis | #40 | RB

Hillis is coming off a disappointing 2011 campaign, but he is being counted on to fill a major role as Jamaal Charles’ back up in Kansas City. He gives Romeo Crennel the big back that he covets in run-heavy formations, while also contributing as a dangerous receiver out of the backfield.

3 Pivotal Games
Week 1 vs. Falcons
The Chiefs get to make an early statement about their postseason prospects in the season opener against the Falcons. Matt Ryan will test them with the no-huddle offense, but a talented Chiefs defense could make life difficult for the Falcons’ franchise quarterback.
Week 5 vs. Ravens
The Chiefs face the Ravens to finish a tough five-game stretch to open the season. With the possibility of looking at a 1-4 record in a worst-case scenario, this could be a "must-win" game for Romeo Crennel's squad at this point of the season.
Week 17 at Broncos
The division could be on the line in the Chiefs' season finale against the Broncos. Last season, the Chiefs were able to split with the Broncos down the stretch, but a sweep this season could help Kansas City recapture the AFC West crown.



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