PFW's 2017 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Hill, Kelce, Peters, Ford give Chiefs young nucleus to challenge for AFC title

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The 2017 Pro Football Weekly Season Preview magazine is on newsstands now and available online at ProFootballWeekly.com/magazine. In the magazine are the most comprehensive team previews that you’ll find anywhere, written by NFL writers around the country. Here’s a glimpse of our 2017 preview of the Kansas City Chiefs — team MVPs, position battles to watch and best- and worst-case scenarios, written by Matt Derrick (@mattderrick). (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Offensive MVP: WR Tyreek Hill — Hill stands ready to build on a rookie campaign filled with spectacular moments in limited play. The Chiefs introduced Hill to the playbook slowly as a rookie, and his improved understanding of the offense and better route-running knowledge should allow Reid to use his speed threat across the field. He had 267 rushing yards, 593 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Defensive MVP: CB Marcus Peters — Peters enters his third season poised to emerge as an elite shutdown corner. His ability to take away an entire swath of the field begs the question if the Chiefs will unleash Peters to travel and follow the best receivers. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Position battle to watch: RCB — Phillip Gaines vs. Steven Nelson vs. Terrance Mitchell — The team's biggest position battle looms opposite Peters. Incumbent Phillip Gaines suffered an uneven season in his first year back following a torn ACL. Steven Nelson settled in as the nickel corner, mostly lining up in the slot. Terrance Mitchell surged at right corner late in the season. The three should battle for two starting spots. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Best-case scenario: A healthy offensive line provides Alex Smith the time he needs to get the ball downfield to Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley while also opening up holes for the run game. The run defense tightens up, Marcus Peters continues to ascend, the three pass rushers stay healthy, and the Chiefs bring a Super Bowl title back to Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Worst-case scenario: Smith’s offense struggles to find the end zone while Hill doesn’t match his rookie season with big plays on offense and special teams. The offense’s issues bring a QB controversy to Kansas City with fans wanting the Patrick Mahomes era to start sooner than the team hopes. The Chiefs’ red-zone defense breaks down and fails to produce timely turnovers. The Chiefs fall behind Oakland in the AFC West and find themselves fighting for a wild-card spot late in the season. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2017 PFW prediction: 10-6, 2nd place in the AFC West (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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