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The toughest part about 2011 for Kansas City was finishing last in the league in red zone efficiency. Many will argue this was due to a thin offense after Cassel, Charles and Moeaki suffered season-ending injuries at one point last year.
This time, the Chiefs will have those players back along with Hillis and Boss as new targets.
Now that the Chiefs have a three-dimensional offense, the passing and running game will help the Chiefs improve not only in the red zone, but also in scoring after finishing second to last.
The best part about the Chiefs defense is having Hali and Houston as their pass rushers. With Berry returning from injury, the Chiefs defense has a great core and should find themselves in the top five in total defense.
Along with Berry's return, the Chiefs signed Routt and drafted rookie Dontari Poe to help the Chiefs defense. Despite losing a strong No. 2 cornerback in Brandon Carr, it may not hurt the team during the season as much as it does now on paper.
It seems Succop found a rhythm during his third season with the Chiefs. General manager Scott Pioli was impressed and locked him to a long-term deal, keeping him through 2016.
As for the return game, there is still a big question mark, but the Chiefs have a lot of options to explore during training camp and the preseason.