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For the Chiefs, field goals are fine, but touchdowns are finer

Five Harrison Butker field goals, one for 51 yards and two more of 40-plus yards, helped the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos.

He also kicked five field goals in the victory over the Houston Texans.

Not to complain, but I would prefer Butker kick maybe two or three field goals in game and the Chiefs offense score more touchdowns.

So would Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

“I would love for him to make a bunch of PATs,” Smith said

The Chiefs are very good…these 5 things will make them great

For the past few years, NFL teams that start 3-0 typically have a 75 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. Teams that start 4-0 usually are above 80 percent and 5-0 gets you in the 90 percent chance range of extending your season. The Chiefs have odds in their favor.

Making it to the post-season isn’t an easy feat and coach Andy Reid has gotten us there three out of the last four years. As we stroll down the old road to the Super Bowl, let’s look at what we have seen so far.  The Chiefs have had to overcome some hurdles and a few speed bumps along the way.  To be a playoff team, you need the following:

One, win the games you are supposed to win. 

Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones puts on a show on and off the field

Chris Jones is an entertainer. When he’s not cracking heads on the gridiron, he’s cracking jokes on the sidelines.

Jones, a 6-6, 308-pound defensive lineman, always seems have a smile on his face.

“As long as I’m waking up, I’m happy,” he said. “You can find some reason to be happy. It’s about loving life, loving what you do and embracing all of it.”

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is ready to step into key role for Chiefs

Kareem Hunt is in the perfect place as a Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back. Not only does he share a last name with the owner of the team, his skill set fits exactly what the Chiefs need.

He’s a versatile, pass-catching running back with the ability to run through or around defenders. And with all-time leading rusher Jamaal Charles gone to the rival Denver Broncos, Hunt is ready to step right in and contribute right away.

“He is a smart kid,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

Fantasy football and the Chiefs; which players should you draft?

Not only are we coming up on the start of the NFL regular season, but many of us are approaching our fantasy football drafts. We all want to draft the top team in our league, but you can’t help the desire to pick some of your hometown players. Well we are here break down some players’ fantasy value and when to draft them so you can have a great fantasy football team lead by some of your favorite Chiefs. Note: This will be based on a normal, 10-12 team league fantasy football draft.

Season Predictions: Slight chance the Chiefs will make it to AFC Championship Game

Well, football season is rapidly coming upon us. It’s funny how it seems to creep up on us when the Kansas City Royals are competing towards the goal of making the post-season. With that being said, we all know what time it is – BLT time. Yes, my annual football branches, limbs and twigs predictions for the KC Chiefs.

I didn’t do too bad last year, but 2017 may be a bit more difficult to break down the season for our Chiefs – but here it goes:

BRANCHES: Solid predictions that I feel have a better than 75 percent chance.

1. No Chiefs running back will amass more than 1,000 yards in 2017. Spencer Ware accumulated 921 yards last year, but he will out for the season after a knee injury in the third exhibition game. Rookie Kareem Hunt will start in Ware’s absence. Charcandrick West will get his share of carries. Coach Andy Reid may go with the hot hand during the season or parcel out the carries to several backs, but the loss of Ware hurts. Look for KC to run for more than 1,500 yards this year without a 1,000-yard rusher unless Hunt emerges as a real threat.

Johnson, Hunt, Hill and Jones are key Chiefs players to watch during the preseason

Some Chiefs players to watch during training camp that could make or break the 2017 campaign include Derrick Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Chris Jones.

While there have been a lot of changes in the Kansas City Chiefs organization and front office this offseason, but the majority of the roster has stayed the same.

Apart from the draft and free agency moves, the core of the team has stayed together.

Certain players will have key parts in whether the Chiefs will return to the playoffs and make a Super Bowl run again, but there’s also some questions, like any year.

Here’s what to watch for with these key players:

Are the Chiefs looking for a new identity and changes made matter in the 2017 season?

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With all the changes and questions heading into the season, are the Chiefs looking for a new identity or brand and will it matter this year?

It’s pretty common for any sports organization to look for another path or brand that ultimately leads to success.The 2017 New York Yankees are winning with home-grown players, where in years past, a George Steinbrenner owned team bought their championships.

Some teams move from one city to another and others simply change uniforms or logos. Teams look to acquiring players to replace the ones they can’t afford or who just didn’t get the job done. Any way you look at it, change is inevitable in pro sports, but does it equate to future success or a repeat of the past?

This leads me to where the Kansas City Chiefs are heading entering the NFL season.

Is selection of Patrick Mahomes a big gamble or great fit for KC Chiefs?

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Taking quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the NFL draft was a risky proposition for the KC Chiefs.

For every Aaron Rodgers (taken by Green Bay with the 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft), there are more busts like Akili Smith (third in 1999), JaMarcus Russell (first in 2007) and Ryan Leaf (second in 1998). Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert (10th in 2011) failed to live up to such a high pick.

While many more first-round QBs are simply competent and serviceable – like Alex Smith (picked first overall in 2005) – they are nowhere near the lofty expectations of a “franchise” signal caller.

Yet that is the tag being applied to Patrick Mahomes, for whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots.

Chiefs: Off-season answers from Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware

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Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine caught up with the KC Chiefs Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware and discussed a variety of off-season topics including the QB position plus recent draft and contract decisions that could affect the 2017 season.

ANDY REID

Q: How important is it to establish that this is Alex Smith’s team coming into camp?
REID: “I think a given is that Alex [Smith] has been here, he’s done well and all the guys understand that. There’s more than just stepping back and throwing the football. That position has grown into a tough thing to pick up right away. That young kid [Patrick Mahomes] is going to learn. That’s what he’s going to do. He’s got a great room there to learn in between the players and the coaches in there. Then I expect Alex [Smith] to go in and win. That’s what he’s going to do. He doesn’t think any different than that. He’s not looking back, he’s moving forward and that’s an important thing. He’s been around it a little bit.”