The Kansas City Chiefs enter year two under Andy Reid, and they should expect a significant drop-off from last season’s 11-5 record. They benefited from playing one of the easiest schedules in all of football, and all five of their regular season losses came at the hands of playoff teams.
A disappointing collapse in the first round of the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts left a sour taste in Kansas City’s mouths that they will be desperate to remove, but I’m not sure if this season will be it for them. Kansas City had a great defense last season, but they didn’t add to it over the offseason. It should be interesting to see if they can sustain their success last season. Also, they seem to have found their franchise quarterback in Alex Smith, as they just signed him to an extension, but can he lead this Chiefs team back to prominence? Well, their 2014 schedule isn’t easy.
Of their first six games of the season, four of them could be easily lost. In that six-game stretch, they face division foes the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers, both playoff teams from last year. The other two difficult games in that stretch are at home against the New England Patriots and on the road against the San Francisco 49ers.
After San Francisco, they have a bit of a lull in their schedule before they have to face off against defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, the Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. It’s definitely not an easy schedule for the Chiefs to maneuver, and I don’t think they make the playoffs for the second year in a row. They have a talented roster, but it’s difficult to see them repeating their 2013 success.
2014 Prediction: 7-9