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Full Week 1 Stat Predictions for Kansas City's Offense

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIOctober 29, 2016

Full Week 1 Stat Predictions for Kansas City's Offense

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    The Kansas City Chiefs had an abysmal offense last year, scoring a league-low of 13.2 points per game. The biggest reason for not being able to score was lack of ball security. In total, the Chiefs came away with 17 touchdowns on offense.

    The offense should perform better than last year in 2013—starting in Week 1.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars finished 30th in total defense and 30th in points allowed. The Jaguars also did very little to recruit players to help improve in those categories.

    With the Jaguars defense still a work in progress, the Chiefs revamped offense can take charge and come away with a lot of points.

    How will Kansas City’s offense look in Week 1?

Quarterback

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    Alex Smith

    23-of-34 passing, 275 yards, 2 touchdown passes

    5 rushes, 35 yards

     

    Alex Smith’s top two strengths are his accuracy and ball security. Against an impotent Jaguars defense, Smith shouldn’t have much trouble moving the football.

    Smith may even run it himself a few times against a run-stopping defense that finished 30th in the league.

    In his debut with the Chiefs, Smith is going to make a lot of impressions.  

Running Back

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    Jamaal Charles

    17 carries, 110 yards, 1 touchdown

    4 catches, 45 yards

     

    Knile Davis

    4 carries, 18 yards

    1 catches, 15 yards

     

    Cyrus Gray

    1 carry, 2 yards

     

    Anthony Sherman

    1 catch, 5 yards

     

    While there is a preconceived notion that the Chiefs are going to use Jamaal Charles in the passing game quite a lot, he will still receive carries against a really week run-stopping defense. Charles passed the 100-yard mark five times in the last eight games of the 2012-13 season.

    Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray will come in a couple of times for Charles and help carry the load in the ground game.

    Anthony Sherman will play a position that the Chiefs did not have last year. In Reid’s offense, he may get the football a couple of times per game, but he’ll mostly be a big asset to Charles in the ground game. 

Wide Receiver

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    Dwayne Bowe

    5 catches, 80 yards, 1 touchdown

     

    Donnie Avery

    3 catches, 25 yards

     

    Dexter McCluster

    4 catches, 50 yards

    1 rush, 10 yards

     

    A.J. Jenkins

    1 catch, 8 yards

     

    Dwayne Bowe looks to bounce back and start his season with a bang after a relatively quiet year in 2012. With Smith as his quarterback, he has every reason to succeed. The rest is up to him. If he wants to be considered an elite receiver, now is the time to erase his drop habits and be a leader in this new offense.

    While Dexter McCluster looks to step up in his new role under a new offense, the Chiefs hope Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins can make an impact in the passing game.

    The most important thing with Smith is for him to be able to distribute the ball to his receivers. While Bowe is the primary receiver, the Chiefs want him to try to use everyone and their skills to the team's advantage. 

Tight End

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    Anthony Fasano

    4 catches, 45 yards, 1 touchdown

     

    Smith wants his connection with Anthony Fasano to be similar to what he had with Vernon Davis back in San Francisco. The offense is designed for Smith to connect with his tight ends.

    With Fasano being a veteran, the Chiefs should have a strong quarterback-tight end duo, making Tony Moeaki's absence less of a loss. 

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