In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs signed both head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith.
Since their arrival, the Chiefs have been in the playoffs three of the last four years and the team won its first playoff game since 1993. The stigma with these is that they are great in the regular season team but choke come playoff time.
So far, you could say that has been true.
But I believe this year will be different.
Yes, the Chiefs lost all-pro safety Eric Berry for the season but this defense is still one of the best in the league, wide receiver Tyreek Hill provides explosiveness whenever he touches the ball, and they have a great rookie running back in Kareem Hunt who through two games so far is taking the NFL by storm.
Since Smith took over in K.C., the Chiefs have used a bevy of running backs. None of whom could produce much success in the playoffs forcing the Chiefs to throw the ball more than they normally do. Kareem Hunt is the game-changing running back the Chiefs need.
A major factor that I believe is flying under the radar is Alex Smith playing with a chip on his shoulder.
In this past year's draft, the Chiefs traded up to select Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech and many believe that he would replace Smith at some point during this season.
Through two games this season, Smith is completing just under 78% of his passes and averaging over 300 yards/game with five TDs and zero turnovers.
This year, the playoff success of the Chiefs will rely on the legs of Kareem Hunt and the explosiveness of Tyreek Hill. Alex Smith will do his job as a game-manager but he needs help.
This year, I believe he gets that help.