Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisIf head coach Andy Reid and veteran quarterback Alex Smith both want to take the Kansas City Chiefs (9-7 SU, 10-6 ATS, 5-11 O/U) to new heights in 2015, there’s one simple catch to solving their most pressing problem. They need some receivers that can actually catch the ball. This in-depth look at the Chiefs and their chances of cashing in on their NFL betting odds will give you the insight you’ll need in order to make a series of smart wagers on the Chiefs all season long.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodKansas City took a sizeable step backwards from the 11-win campaign they surprisingly unfurled in their first season under respected head coach Andy Reid in 2013. Still, the Chiefs remained in playoff content until the final few weeks of the regular season and managed to compile a winning record that many franchises probably wish they had. Along the way, the Chiefs got another fantastic campaign from Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles. While Charles finished 13th in rushing with 1,033 yards, the versatile superstar was also one of just three backs in the top 40 with an average carry of 5.0 yards or higher, joining Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill, (5.06) and Baltimore’s Justin Forsett (5.39). Charles added 40 catches for 291 yards and finished fourth in the league in touchdowns scored with 14 scores.
Kansas City also enjoyed some stellar success in stopping their opponents’ passing attacks, finishing second in that category (203.3 ypg) and an equally impressive seventh in total defense (330.5ypg).
Chiefs QB Alex Smith attempted 5.2% of his passes beyond 20 yards in air, by far the lowest percentage in the league. 2nd: Tannehill 9.0%— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 9, 2015
The BadThe bad news for the Chiefs lasts season was the fact that the Chiefs were a complete mess on offense last season. Well, everyone but Jamaal Charles that is. Kansas City ranked 25th in total offense (318.8 ypg), a discouraging 29th in passing (198.9 ypg) and mediocre 16th in scoring, averaging a modest 22.1 points per game. The Chiefs also struggled mightily to stop their opponents rushing attacks, finishing a dismal 28th in that category.
The UglyMake no mistake about it people, the Chiefs passing attack was as ugly as it get last season! As a matter of fact, it was so anemic that no wide receiver caught a single touchdown pass in 2014. I repeat… no wide receiver caught a single touchdown pass in 2014.
Let’s take a look at Kansas City’s offensive statistics from this past season.
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Here is a look at Kansas City’s team defensive statistics.
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Here are the Chiefs’ team statistical leaders.