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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jackie Bradley Jr Jersey . - At first glance, the Kansas City Chiefs appear poised to make a strong post-season run next season. Theyve solidified the quarterback spot, have several young stars under contract, and came within a hair of making the post-season this year.Delve a little deeper and the off-season outlook changes considerably.Their offensive line is in dire need of upgrades. So is their wide receiver corps, where Dwayne Bowe has failed to live up to his massive contract.Outside linebacker Tamba Hali could be forced to restructure his big contract or be cut, and fellow pass rusher Justin Houston — who just set the franchise record with 22 sacks this season — is a pending free agent.The Chiefs wont be busily preparing for a playoff game, but general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid certainly have plenty of other work ahead of them.I dont think there is any one thing that you can say, OK, this is how were going to be better next year, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said after Sundays season-ending win over San Diego. Theyll get into evaluation mode right away. Well have free agency and the draft right around the corner. And the key is weve got to come back a better football team next year.That didnt necessarily happen this year.After winning 11 games and qualifying for the playoffs in Reids first season, Kansas City backtracked to 9-7. Yet the Chiefs were still in the post-season hunt until Sunday, when two outcomes they needed — Baltimore and Houston losing — failed to transpire.Not even a season-ending victory over San Diego did them any good.Its a bit of an empty feeling as far as winning the game but not having the opportunity to go to the playoffs, Reid said. Theres some good things we can learn from that.Namely, taking care of business in the second half of the season.Kansas City started 7-3 and was barrelling toward a first-round bye. But just like last year, the Chiefs fell into a tailspin and were never quite able to pull out of it.Now, as the Chiefs head into the off-season, here are some of the key story lines:HOUSTONS MONEY: No. 1 with an asterisk is the fate of Houston, who is poised for a big payday after his record-setting season. Only Michael Strahan has had more sacks in an NFL season, and that was by a half. The Chiefs spent last off-season negotiating with his representatives on a long-term deal, but the two sides were never close. If nothing else, the Chiefs could franchise him.You have to give us a window to lay out that plan here in the next four to five days, to be able to move in a proper direction, Dorsey said. Well be able to make those hard decisions.HEALTH CHECK: Alex Smith expects to be ready for the off-season program after lacerating his spleen in the Chiefs penultimate game. Meanwhile, Reid said linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive Mike DeVito were making progress in their return from torn Achilles tendons.BERRYS FUTURE: Eric Berry is continuing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma, leaving his future with the team in question. The star safety is due more than $8 million next season, the final year of his current contract — a big salary cap number for someone unlikely to play a game.OFFENSIVE LINE WOES: The Chiefs line was a mess most of the season, especially after Jeff Allen sustained a season-ending injury in Week 1. There are massive holes at guard and right tackle, and potentially at centre, where Rodney Hudson is a free agent.Im not really thinking about that right now, Hudson said. Take some time, reflect on the season a little bit, get a little rest and figure all that out.WIDE RECEIVER QUESTIONS: Bowe struggled all season and could be released. If that happens, the Chiefs would free up cash but lose one of their only playmakers. Upgrading at wide receiver will be just as important as fixing the offensive line.Whatever happens, happens, Bowe said. I know Im a great player. I did a lot here in the city and thats all I can look forward to.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Mookie Betts Jersey . LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to send No. Craig Kimbrel Jersey . The game got off to a less-than-ideal start for the Jets as Oliver Ekman-Larsson found a wide open net from the slot and opened the scoring for the Coyotes a lead in the first period, but Olli Jokinen answered back just over half a minute later.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- By the end, a crowd of 16,008 was chanting his nickname. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Hurricanes season-best five-game winning streak. "Bob was the Bob weve grown to love," teammate Brandon Dubinsky said. Boone Jenner and Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four. And Nathan Horton contributed in his first home game in a Columbus uniform. But make no mistake about it: Bobrovsky stole the show. "He was in his game today," said Carolinas Justin Faulk. "Hes obviously a good goalie. Hes proven himself in this league." Horton, a big-money free-agent signing last season who missed the first 40 games after shoulder surgery, raved about Bobrovsky. "He showed why hes one of the best goalies in the game," Horton said. "Its great for us to have him." Bobrovsky, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was making his first home start in more than a month. He missed 14 games with a strained groin before winning at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers on Monday night, 4-3 in a shootout. He said the key was concentrating. "To be honest, I almost dont remember my saves tonight," he said. "I make one, then I try to be focused on the next." Last years Vezina Trophy winner as the NHLs top goalie was in fine form. He stopped Elias Lindholm twice on jam shots at the corner post during more than a minute of a 5-on-3 for Carolina in the third period. While the Hurricanes were pressing on the remaining power play, he gloved a hard shot from the high slot by Zach Boychuk -- and held his glove high in the air for several seconds while the crowd roared. The crowd chanted, "Bob! Bob!" throughout the final few minutes. "Our goalie energized the building in the third period with some of his saves," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "That is a little reminiscent of last season." Bobrovsky, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia 18 months ago, went 21-11-6 while leading a late-season charge last spring that brought the Blue Jackets within a tiiebreaker of making the playoffs. Roger Clemens Jersey. "When hes playing like that, it gives us a chance to win every single night," Atkinson said. The Blue Jackets moved to 20-20-4 with the win. Carolinas Anton Khudobin had been the hottest goalie in the league. He came in with a record of 6-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. He had allowed two or fewer goals in six of his seven games -- then gave up two in the first period. The Hurricanes Brett Sutter gathered a loose puck in the corner but Horton hit him and forced a turnover to Jenner. The rookie was all alone in the slot and went high on the stick side of Khudobin for his sixth goal of the year at the 15-minute mark. Just 70 seconds later, the Blue Jackets struck again. This time Atkinson carried the puck through the neutral zone and then slid a pass to Dubinsky on the left wing. His rising shot from the left dot beat Khudobin inside the far post. It was Dubinskys ninth of the year. Atkinson had also saved a goal when he got a stick on Jeff Skinners wraparound midway through the first 20 minutes. He then picked up a goal of his own at 5:54 of the third when he took a feed from Mark Letestu and found the net from the left hash for his 12th goal. The Hurricanes had piled up a season-high in goals while beating Toronto 6-1 on Thursday night at home. But Bobrovsky stifled everything that came at him, capping the shutout with a sprawling glove save on Nathan Gerbe with just over 2 minutes left. "We had one or two breakdowns and they capitalized and scored goals," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Theyre a good team. They play a good system and they dont give up much." NOTES: Columbus C Derek MacKenzie was sitting out the final game of a three-game suspension for boarding Phoenixs Oliver Ekman-Larsson. ... It was the second of five meetings this season, with the Blue Jackets winning on Dec. 23 in Raleigh, 4-3. ... The Blue Jackets improved to 9-6-0 against Carolina, including 5-2-0 at home. ... The teams have never gone to overtime in their 15 games. ... 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