As long as QB Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid are in the building, anything is possible for the Kansas City Chiefs.
An echelon above every other NFL franchise heading into the new season, the Kansas City Chiefs are aiming to do what no team has done in nearly 20 years - win back-to-back NFL Championships.
With two-time MVP Patrick Mahomes, one of the greatest pass-catchers ever in Travis Kelce, and all-time coaching great Andy Reid back pulling the strings for KC, anything less than a championship would be considered a subpar season.
2022/23 was another dominant season in Kansas City, with the Chiefs comfortably winning their seventh consecutive AFC West crown with a 14-3 mark.
They followed with gritty home playoff wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals before dispatching the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in the NFL Championship.
Despite replacing long-time offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy with Matt Nagy, Mahomes - who threw for more than 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns while winning his second MVP award - leads a continuously stable offense.
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|What||2023/24 NFL Season|
|When||September 8, 2023 - February 11, 2024|
|Chiefs Odds||To Win Division -160, To Win Conference +350, To Win SBLVIII +600|
14-3, 1st in AFC West
It’s another championship-or-bust season in Kansas City.
Reid does not have a losing season in his 10 years leading the Chiefs and they’ve made five straight AFC Championship games and three NFL Championships during that time.
Barring injuries, there is nothing to prevent all these streaks from continuing.
As long as Mahomes has tight end Travis Kelce as his security blanket, Reid will produce other offensive options for the Chiefs, including steals like swiping wide receiver Kadarius Toney last year and immediately installing him as an all-purpose threat.
The one question mark entering the new season is Matt Nagy, the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Nagy, the Chicago Bears head coach from 2017-2021, was the team’s senior assistant and quarterbacks coach last year. Now that Eric Bienemy has moved to the Washington Commanders, Nagy will be under the spotlight if last year’s top-ranked offense falters in any way.
Anything less than an appearance in Las Vegas in February 2024 will, at the very least, be considered a disappointment.
Championship hangover for the Chiefs? Not according to the latest odds.
Kansas City is the +600 favorite to win the Super Bowl, a feat that would see them become the first team since 2005 to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies.
Mahomes is the +550 favorite to win league MVP, a feat that would see him become the third player in the last 25 seasons to win back-to-back MVPs (Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning).
Not only have the Chiefs been the NFL’s top performing postseason team over the past five seasons (11 wins, four more than any other team), but they have been the best regular season team, too (64 wins, 10 more than any other team).
Kansas City is O/U 11.5 in the Regular Season Wins market and is the +450 favorite to have the Best Regular Season Record.
Travis Kelce, who already holds the NFL record for a tight end with seven 1,000+ yard seasons, is -275 to post over 1,000 yards receiving in 2023/24.
Andy Reid is going into his 11th season leading the Chiefs.
The Hall of Fame-bound Reid has gone 129-52 with Kansas City, including 12-7 in the playoffs, bringing the franchise two NFL Championships and a prolonged period of success.
The Chiefs have made the playoffs in all but one of Reid’s seasons and the expectation is to continue that run this year.
Reid has promoted Nagy to offensive coordinator to replace Bienemy, who departed to become the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator with the Commanders.
Steve Spagnulo, the former Los Angeles Rams head coach and New York Giants defensive coordinator is now in his fifth season leading the Chiefs’ defense.
T Jawaan Taylor (Jacksonville Jaguars)
DL Charles Onwenihu (San Francisco 49ers)
S Mike Edwards (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
LB Drue Tranquill (Los Angeles Chargers)
DL Byron Cowart (Indianapolis Colts)
QB Blaine Gabbert (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
T Orlando Brown, Jr. (Cincinnati Bengals)
DT Khalen Saunders (New Orleans Saints)
S Juan Thornhill (Cleveland Browns)
T Andrew Wylie (Washington Commanders)
FB Mike Burton (Denver Broncos)
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (New England Patriots)
WR Mecole Hardman (New York Jets)
RB Ronald Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
|Offensive MVP||QB Patrick Mahomes|
|Defensive MVP||LB Nick Bolton|
|Top rookie||DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah|
|Breakout star||DE George Karlaftis|
Mahomes threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over Philadelphia. In the process, he became the 13th quarterback to win multiple NFL Championship titles.
With one more win though, Mahomes reaches rarefied air, joining Dallas’ Troy Aikman (3), Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw (4), San Francisco’s Joe Montana (4) and New England and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady (7) as the only signal callers with three or more wins.
Mahomes completed 67% of his passes for 5,250 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2022. Tight end Kelce was his usual reliable self with 110 catches for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns, with another six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the season finale. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 687 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
The team continues to have multiple threats out of the backfield. Isiah Pacheco was a late-round gem last year, rushing for 830 yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Jerick McKinnon finished in the league’s Top-10 for running backs with 56 catches for 512 yards and nine touchdowns. Toney added three scores after he was picked up mid-season.
Chris Jones was again a force on the line defensively for the Chiefs, tying his career-high with 15.5 sacks. He has 65 sacks in his seven-year Kansas City career.
George Karlaftis intrigued right away with six sacks and Charles Onwenihu and Felix Anudike-Uzomah should complement nicely.
Nick Bolton led the team with 180 tackles, adding two sacks and two interceptions.
L’Jarius Sneed had 108 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions. Tranquill, who had a career-high 95 tackles with the Chargers last year, will fit in at the back for Spagnuolo’s defense.
Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.