2007 Kansas City Chiefs Preview

2007 Kansas City Chiefs preview from Maddux Sports. Looking for a winning season? NFL football picks from our handicappers will stuff your wallet if you are betting against NFL spreads this season.

Long Lasting WR Problem Could Be Solved
By Adam Barone

The Chiefs haven't had a wide receiver that could put a scare into any defense since…um..er…yeah, exactly. Tony Gonzalez is a fantastic tight end, and with the talent Kansas City has had on their offensive line and at running back (particularly Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson), they've been able to get away with Eddie Kennison, Dante Hall, Johnnie Morton and a bunch of other junk on the outside.

There's no reason for the Chiefs to have to live with Kennison and his 51 receptions of a year ago as their only outside threat, especially by himself. Kennison would function much better, with his speed, as a vertical threat, stretching the field for a quality possession receiver and TE Tony Gonzalez. In order to make that situation a reality, the Chiefs used their #23 overall pick in the first round to bring in LSU WR Dwayne Bowe. A big receiver with only average speed, Bowe showed an ability to get open and make big catches in traffic while in college. He's extremely athletic and K.C. is hoping he's the guy that can take their passing game to the next level.

With QB Trent Green suffering a brutal concussion early in '06, backup QB Damon Huard was forced to step in and take over an offense that seems to be able to roll over NFL competition whenever it wants, regardless of who fills the roster. Huard completed 60% of his passes, throwing for 1878 yards in 10 games with an impressive 11 to 1 TD to INT ratio. Trent Green's offseason trade to the Miami Dolphins was almost a necessity because of his age – not to mention Huard's obvious ability to lead the offense while the team waits on the development of Brodie Croyle. Huard will simply serve as a safety net until 2006 3rd round pick, former Alabama quarterback Croyle, is ready to take over. The Chiefs love Croyle and would like nothing more than to see him earn the starting job to begin the 2007 season. Of course, if the passing game stalls, the Chiefs can always rely on the ever-dependable RB Larry Johnson to be one of the top offensive players in the league.

The Chiefs ranked in the middle of the pack in both rush and pass defense in 2006 and have some concerns in the secondary. Starting cornerbacks Ty Law and Patrick Surtain are both getting up in age and there is an unbelievable lack of depth at the position. There is also a complete absence of experience at safety, where starting free safety Greg Wesley, totaling 67 tackles and 3 picks last season is the only proven commodity. The front seven has substantial depth and will be the strength of the defense, especially new addition ROLB Donnie Edwards, who totaled 141 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3 INT's in '06.

2007 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions

Despite their promising future, the Chiefs will have a tough time competing with the Chargers and Broncos in the AFC West in '07. But anything can happen in the NFL, which is what makes NFL sports gambling so interesting. If the quarterback position is solidified early enough in the season, and there are no injury problems in the secondary, Kansas City could beat the spreads and challenge San Diego & Denver for a division title.

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