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Many believed that Kansas City would rebound from their 7-9 season in 2011 with the return of Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles from injury in 2012. But while those two went on to have Pro Bowl seasons, a pitiful passing game doomed the Chiefs to a 2-14 SU and 5-11 ATS campaign.

Odds to Win AFC West: +600 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 at Bovada
Betting Props: Jamaal Charles to win NFL MVP (66/1) at Bovada

The Matt Cassel experiment is officially over in Kansas City. Cassel was awful for the Chiefs in 2012, passing for just 1,796 yards and six touchdowns with 12 interceptions over nine games. Brady Quinn was given the chance to take over the job, but threw just two touchdowns and eight interceptions in his stint under center. Kansas City finished dead last in scoring with just 13.2 points per game.

One of new head coach Andy Reid’s first orders of business was bringing in an effective quarterback, and the Chiefs get that in Alex Smith, who has a 30/10 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the last two seasons. Jamaal Charles rushed for 1509 yards last season, and with a quarterback that can actually keep defenses honest, he should have a great season in 2013.

Statistically, the defense was a mixed bag in 2012, finishing 12th in passing defense allowing just 220.8 yards per game, but 27th against the run allowing 135.7 yards per game. Part of the problem was simply time on the field, as the Chiefs offense suffered so many three-and-outs. With a more effective passing game, the defense should also show signs of improvement.

Kansas City made for a great fade last season, and was also a reliable bet on the UNDER down the stretch, with the UNDER going 1-6-1 over the last eight games. But 2013 could be a redemption year for the Chiefs and Andy Reid, who lost his job with the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 years. The team doesn’t figure to be good enough to compete with the Denver Broncos for the AFC West title, but there is enough talent here to get back to .500.

AFC West Odds at Bovada as of July 31
Denver Broncos -400
Kansas City Chiefs +600
San Diego Chargers +650
Oakland Raiders +2000