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Kansas City Chiefs Odds Preview

Slowly but surely the Chiefs are working to become a relevant NFL franchise again. Last year the key additions were general manager Scott Pioli and quarterback Matt Cassel from New England.

This season, another former Patriot stalwart, Charlie Weis, takes over as offensive co-ordinator, but can it make much difference in how fans bet the Chiefs in 2010? If you also factor in the addition of blue-chipper Eric Berry at safety through the draft, and the Thomas Jones signing, it’s enough to wonder if the Chiefs will provide value at books like Sportsbook.com. They won just two games in 2009 but lost eight games by one touchdown or less. Odds to win Division: +700 Regular Season Win Total: 6.5 (OV -125, UN -105) Super Bowl Odds: 100 to 1 It’s not inconceivable for a bettor or fan to get excited about the Chiefs’ offense in 2010. It has plenty of potential and sportsbooks seem to realize that, as this two-win team is expected to win six or seven games this season. Matt Cassel was undoubtedly disappointing in his first season as an unquestioned, non-replacement starter. He completed just 55 per cent of his passes and threw as many picks as touchdown strikes (16). The Chiefs hope the former Patriots brain trust can get him going. Cassel at least should have a decent supporting cast. Dwayne Bowe is reportedly in great shape and Chris Chambers meshed well after arriving via trade last season.

Rookie Dexter McCluster has been the talk of training camp, showing such quickness that he’s literally tearing apart his shoes because of his quick turns. The Chiefs’ running game is in great shape. Jamaal Charles ran for 968 yards in Kansas City’s final eight games last season and has Thomas Jones to spell him. Coach Todd Haley toys with Charles on the depth chart but won’t keep his most talented player off the field when games count. Kansas City’s defense is a work in progress at best, having ranked 31st against the run and 22nd against the pass last season, but first-rounder Eric Berry gives the Chiefs a great chance to improve in that regard. All camp reports suggest we should believe the hype and expect Berry to become the NFL’s next elite playmaking safety. Can the Chiefs’ win total really climb by five this year? The developing “D” will probably hold them back but the offense looks decent and the schedule does too. Only three of K.C.’s 2010 opponents made the playoffs last year.