Much like Susan Lucci winning an Emmy, the wait for the Kansas City Chiefs is over.
While KC won’t be able to truly celebrate and defend its title in front of its fans come 2020, it might not be long — at least not 50 years — until the Chiefs have chance to celebrate. After all, the team is still stacked, Patrick Mahomes is still young (and very, very wealthy) and the Kingdom is as strong as ever.
With Andy Reid returning for another season and the Chiefs’ roster largely intact, it’s hard to see where exactly Kansas City might have taken a step back in 2020. Another dominant season could be destined Arrowhead Stadium and their fans, and here’s why:
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Chiefs record prediction for 2020
- Record: 12-4
- Division: No. 1 in AFC West
- Playoffs: No. 1 seed in AFC
The Chiefs are strong favorites to repeat as AFC and Super Bowl champions with great reason. Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones got paid, and even with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Damien Williams opting out, they remain loaded offensively. The defense remains a strong complement with Jones and Frank Clark. This time, Andy Reid’s team will get back that No. 1 seed, too.
It all starts with the quarterback in the NFL, and the Chiefs have the best one in the universe.
If you didn’t notice from KC’s miraculous playoff run, they were down in every game en route to that Super Bowl victory. In fact, they were the first team in NFL history to win three games after trailing by 10 or more points in a single postseason. That’s pretty good! What’s even better is that the Chiefs are returning most of their impact players from the 2019 season in 2020.
The defending champs will be without Cameron Erving, Stefen Wisniewski (free agency), Damien Williams and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (opted out) for the 2020 season, so they’ll need to get some work done along the offensive line to repeat. Still, the Mahomes factor mitigates the pain of those losses along the line, as the Chiefs’ QB (and $500 million man) does miraculous things outside of the pocket. They also added Clyde Edwards-Helaire during the draft, and there may not be a better marriage between prospect and coach than there is Edwards-Helaire and Andy Reid.
While the defense isn’t as strong as the offensive side of the ball — the linebacking corps is arguably the weakest part of the group — they still have enough firepower on the offensive side of the ball to outlast anyone in the NFL. Couple that with the fact that the AFC West isn’t an overly competitive division, then Reid, Mahomes and the Chiefs could — and should — march back to the playoffs and start talking repeat come January.
Final record: 13-3
Chiefs 2020 win total, Super Bowl odds
- Win total: Over/under 11 1/2
- Super Bowl odds: +650
That is a loft, lofty O/U for the win total, but if there’s any team that’s a safe bet on the over, it’s the Chiefs.
With the roster remaining strong, Mahomes still under center and Andy Reid still calling plays, Kansas City’s betting odds are all sensible.
Chiefs schedule 2020
The Chiefs have a whopping five games in primetime this year, though three of the matchups — on paper — aren’t super sexy.
|1||Sept. 10 (Thursday)||Houston Texans||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|2||Sept. 20||at Los Angeles Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 28 (Monday)||at Baltimore Ravens||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|4||Oct. 4||New England Patriots||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 11||Las Vegas Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 15 (Thursday)||at Buffalo Bills||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN|
|7||Oct. 25||at Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Nov. 1||New York Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 8||Carolina Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 22||at Las Vegas Raiders||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 29||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 6||Denver Broncos||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|14||Dec. 13||at Miami Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 20||at New Orleans Saints||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 27||Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||Jan. 3||Los Angeles Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|