Kansas City Chiefs: Offensive Preview – Can Alex Smith hold off Patrick Mahomes?
2016 was great for the Kansas City Chiefs. They finished the season with a 12-4 record. Winning the AFC West Championship along the way. Can the offense sustain again in 2017? They have lost some players this offseason. Will that hinder their progression? Here is a look at the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs offense.
When you consider the offense of the Chiefs, the one player that comes to mind is Alex Smith. Last season he threw for 3,500 yards, 15 TDs, and 8 INTS. He was the leader or “game manager” on an offense that was very effective in 2016.
However, the 2017 NFL Draft brought somewhat of a surprise to the Chiefs. They moved up and drafted a QB. They selected Patrick Mahomes II out of Texas Tech with the tenth pick. Are they looking to the future with this pick? Will he see action in 2017? They will answer these questions throughout the season.
While the passing game may yield questions, the running game of the Kansas City Chiefs will be the central focus of the offense. Led by Spencer Ware, the Chiefs ran for a little over 100 yards per game. In 14 games, Ware had 921 yards rushing. His recent injury may lead to Charcandrick West leading the group. If the Chiefs can get this production and more in 2017, they should put themselves in position again for a run at the division in 2017.
The wide receivers of the Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a question mark. Gone is Jeremy Maclin. Their leading receiver was their TE, Travis Kelcie. Tyreek Hill is a speedster but can he be a reliable number one receiver. Chris Conley is the receiver on the other side. Neither are very well known. It will be interesting to see if they can bring a spark to the passing offense of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs will need to be creative in 2017. They are going to be a team to watch very closely. If they can develop their young WRs and get production from a running game that does not have a star, this team could once again be a surprise at the top of the AFC West.