2. Kansas City Chiefs (9)
First off, the Kansas City Chiefs deserve a big apology for all the criticism their offense has received throughout the offseason, and how they wouldn’t have what it takes to compete with some of the best in the AFC. What the Chiefs’ offense accomplished against the New England Patriots on a night that was supposed to be a major celebration for the defending Super Bowl was completely unexpected, and if Alex Smith can play at that high level throughout the regular season, the veteran quarterback could be in for a career year.
For a player who normally isn’t known to break the 300-yard passing mark, Smith was simply phenomenal against the Patriots after completing 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards to go along with four touchdowns. And if that wasn’t impressive enough for Kansas City’s offense, rookie Kareem Hunt managed to overcome a crushing fumble on his first career carry by finishing the game with 246 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with three trips into the end zone.
Unfortunately, this big win by the Chiefs also came with a major loss on the defensive side of the football now that Eric Berry will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles. Berry is one of those leaders on defense who is simply irreplaceable, and watching the safety suffer this kind of injury is just heartbreaking to see.