On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West title, clinched a bye, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC after beating the Raiders 35-3 at Arrowhead. The Chiefs will have two weeks to rest up before they play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
As they go into the playoffs, you wonder how the Chiefs will perform, especially without star RB Kareem Hunt, who was released from the team in November after a video surfaced of Hunt and a woman being involved in a physical altercation back in February.
Not having Hunt could hurt this team come playoff time. The hope is that Spencer Ware, who is battling hamstring and shoulder injuries, and Damien Williams, who had over a hundred yards in Week 16 against the Seahawks, can carry the load for this team come playoff time. Not bad options, but none as good as Hunt.
While the Chiefs still have many weapons on the offensive of the ball, Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who played for Chiefs from 2002-2005, thinks Kansas City is going to miss what Hunt brings to the table come playoff time.
“I think the loss of Hunt is going to hurt them more than it has shown,” Roaf recently told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “I mean Hunt could get out the backfield, and he took the pressure off of them because he can run and catch it out the backfield. And he was so versatile, and he really helped spread that offense open for those other guys, so I think not having Hunt back there is going to hurt them moving forward. Can they get past that? We’ll see. I don’t know how far they can go now that Hunt is gone. He’s a Pro-Bowl, All-Pro type of running back, so I don’t care, when you lose somebody like that, it’s going to hurt.”
Patrick Mahomes and that Chiefs’ defense have to step up their play in the absence of Hunt if the Chiefs want to get to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. The AFC is wide open, and by the having home-field throughout the playoffs, the Chiefs have the advantage.
Listen to the complete interview with Hall of Famer Willie Roaf below: