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NFL Schedule Release: The Kansas City Chiefs’ 5 Biggest Games of 2014

The Kansas City Chiefs' 5 Biggest Games of 2014

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The 2014 NFL Schedule was released Wednesday night, and the Kansas City Chiefs have one of the more difficult schedules in the NFL. Kansas City's schedule ranks as the seventh toughest in the league according to their opponents' 2013 winning percentage. In order to make another playoff run, the Chiefs will have to win several notable contests. Here is a look at the Chiefs' five biggest games.

5. Week 5 at San Francisco 49ers

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5. Week 5 at San Francisco 49ers

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The Chiefs will have an opportunity to measure themselves against one of the best teams in the NFL in Week 5 when they face the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco enters 2014 as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. A win over the 49ers will show that the success Kansas City had last season was not a fluke. The game will also be a big test for the Chiefs' offense, as the 49ers are one the best defensive teams in the NFL.

4. Week 12 at Oakland Raiders

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4. Week 12 at Oakland Raiders

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The Chiefs dominated the Oakland Raiders in both of their game last season, winning by a combined score of 80-48. Their Week 12 matchup against the Raiders this season will be played in prime-time on Thursday night. Kansas City will have to maintain focus and intensity during the short week in order to take care of business against Oakland.

3. Week 4 vs. New England Patriots

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3. Week 4 vs. New England Patriots

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The Chiefs will face the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 4. Tom Brady and the Patriots will present an early-season test for the Chiefs' defense, particularly their secondary. Winning this matchup would be great for Kansas City's confidence, as it would prove that they can beat quality opponents. It also may have an impact on playoff seeding if the Chiefs were to make the postseason.

2. Week 13 vs. Denver Broncos

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2. Week 13 vs. Denver Broncos

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The Chiefs lost to the Denver Broncos in both of their games last season.The Chiefs' defense was particularly bad, allowing an average of 31 points per game against the Peyton Manning-led Broncos. In 2014, Kansas City will look to make a major statement in Week 13 by earning a home victory in prime-time against a division rival. The game could also go a long way in determining the AFC West champion.

1. Week 17 vs. San Diego Chargers

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1. Week 17 vs. San Diego Chargers

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The final week of the regular season pits the Chiefs against the San Diego Chargers in a game that could very well decide whether Kansas City makes the playoffs or not. Kansas City will need their defensive front to put pressure on quarterback Philip Rivers to keep him from getting in a rhythm. The Chiefs will also need a strong effort from Alex Smith to pace their offense.