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Kansas City Chiefs DraftKings Sportsbook Preview for the 2023 NFL Season

Can the reigning champs go back-to-back?

The Chiefs kick off their campaign to lift the Lombardi Trophy for a second-straight season on Thursday, September 7 against the Lions at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The roster has been revamped, and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes is looking to lead his squad back to the Super Bowl.

In this article, three Chiefs futures bets on DraftKings Sportsbook will be highlighted ahead of the 2023 season. Without further ado, let's get into it.

There's a lot of be intrigued by here.

The Chiefs are barely minus-money favorites to continue their dominance over the rest of the AFC West. Fun fact: Patrick Mahomes has won his division in every single one of his NFL seasons.

The Chiefs have actually claimed the AFC West title SEVEN straight times, dating all the way back to the 2016 campaign. Over those seven seasons, Kansas City has finished with fewer than 12 wins just once. Consistency pays off in the NFL, and while the Chiefs have their eyes set on yet another Super Bowl, the team understands how important it is to win in the regular season and earn postseason byes.

While a couple AFC West rivals seemingly took steps forward this offseason, Kansas City is still the clear top dog in their division, and that should remain the case again in 2023.

Similar logic can be applied to betting on Kansas City as the 2023 Super Bowl winner (+600) on DraftKings Sportsbook. To no one's surprise, the Chiefs check in as favorites to repeat after beating Philly in Super Bowl LVII.

When you look around the league, not much has changed regarding the roster construction of Kansas City's biggest threats. Most of the other "contenders" have virtually identical cores as last season.

So… if they couldn't beat the Chiefs in 2022, what suggests they can this year?

In reality, going back-to-back in the NFL is a challenge. However, the Chiefs boast significantly more championship experience than the squads capable of competing with them this year.

It's been done before, it can be done again.

Since 2018, only two people not named Patrick Mahomes have won NFL MVP.

One of them is a 39-year-old Aaron Rodgers. The other is Lamar Jackson. At just 27 years old, Mahomes has already captured two of these extremely elusive awards, and the logic behind him getting a third is relatively simple:

When you're the best player on the best team in football, voters tend to reward your efforts.

That was the case last season, as the Chiefs boasted a 14-3 record and their franchise quarterback racked up a whopping 5,250 passing yards with a 41:12 TD:INT ratio. Everything in Andy Reid's offense flows through Mahomes, and he's primed for yet another dominant campaign with a multitude of explosive offensive weapons at his disposal.

There are a few other young, dynamic quarterbacks around the league who would love to challenge Mahomes for MVP. However, when you factor in their projected lack of team success and individual production compared to KC's QB, a lot of signs point towards Mahomes winning the award once again.


Travis Kelce

These props go hand-in-hand with the prior bet to a certain extent.

It's fair to assume that if Mahomes wins MVP, his top target will put together another strong statistical campaign.

At 33 years old, Kelce has shown no signs of slowing down. The all-time great tight end is coming off the best statistical season of his career in which he racked up 110 receptions for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns.

While Kansas City does boast a group of young, talented receivers for Mahomes to work with, Kelce will still be his go-to guy in 2023. The veteran pass-catcher has racked up 96-plus receptions in four of his last five seasons, going over 1,151 receiving yards in five straight years as well.

In the past, Kelce has had to compete with other players for targets as the No. 1 option in Kansas City's passing game. This time, he checks in as the undisputed top weapon. Not only should he surpass these totals, he could also make a run for the most targets and receptions in the entire league.

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