Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles during the first half of the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: We’ll Learn A Lot About 2014 In The First Five Weeks

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As most of you already know, the Kansas City Chiefs will play the seventh hardest schedule in the NFL in 2014. That number is based off of their opponents combined winning percentage from 2013. They also play THE hardest home schedule in 2014, which include home games against the Broncos, Patriots, and defending Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks.

So as I waited in anticipation for the release of their 2014 schedule last week, I found myself wondering which stretch of games is going to be the toughest based on how their schedule is written.

Every year, each team must face a stretch of games that is considered the hardest part of their schedule. Like last year, the Chiefs didn’t hit their toughest stretch until after their bye week. They had a three game stretch that had them face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos twice, with San Diego sandwiched between those two games.

This year, the schedule makers were unforgiving, as the Chiefs will face their toughest stretch of games with in the first five weeks of the season.

They open week one against Tennessee, which in reality, should be a win. The Titans are a scrappy team that KC held off last year, and it’s Dexter McCluster‘s return to Arrowhead since leaving the team so there could be added motivation for revenge in week 1. Still, Arrowhead will be loud and I think the Chiefs should get that win.

The Chiefs must then travel to Denver, a place they haven’t won at since Peyton Manning’s arrival two years ago. The Chiefs very rarely play well in Mile High, so it’s hard to pick them in this game. For the sake of the article, let’s say the Chiefs lose this game.

In week 3, the Chiefs travel to Miami to take on a Dolphins team that was one game away from making the play offs last season. This game is in September, so Miami will still be hot and humid which could be a problem for both teams. Kansas City should win this one, but as of now I feel like it’s pretty close.

Week 4, the Chiefs return home to take on the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. This is one of my most anticipated games of the year as I love to see Arrowhead under the lights. The Patriots are bringing a new look defense with them, as they signed Darell Revis and Brandon Browner this off season. This is one of the toughest games of the year, and it’s only week four. Like I said before, unforgiving.

Finally, the Chiefs have to travel to San Francisco in week 5 as Alex Smith takes on his former team for the first time in the regular season. The niners have been one of the best teams in the NFL the last three years, so this game will obviously be one of, if not the, toughest game on their schedule. I’ll approach this game with cautious optimism.

So in that stretch, Kansas City plays on the road three times in which two of those teams played for their conference championship games last year (49′ers, Broncos). They only get two home games but at least the tougher of the two is in prime time.

That’s without a doubt their toughest stretch of games for 2014 and we’ll learn a lot about this team early. I’d say if the Chiefs can escape that 5 game stretch at 2-3, they would still be in good shape for the second half of their season. Anything above that would be cake, as that would mean they beat at least two of the better teams on their schedule.

Their bye week follows that stretch, likely being the perfect time after going on that run of games. Perhaps the schedule makers saw that they were unforgiving and put their bye week in that spot because they felt bad? Either way, the Chiefs will certainly need it after those first five weeks.

So do our readers agree with me? Is that not the toughest stretch of games for the Chiefs in 2014 and what do you think their record will be headed into the bye week? Start the discussion below and be sure to check out KC Kingdom throughout the day for news on the Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, Tigers, Wildcats, and Jayhawks.

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  • Suzi Conger

    Agree with you… especially given our questionable OLine; “It all starts with the OLine, if they don’t do their job and protect the QB (Alex) adequately, there is no time to execute plays (especially big plays) and injury is a big risk” Len Dawson Our OLine was graded D+ (bottom third in NFL by PFF) last season… ASmith was #1 nfl QB for converting pressure/hits/sacks into plays (PFF) , thus Alex causes an OL to appear much better than reality… IMHO it was a big mistake to let GSchwartz go (BA and asamoa I’m fine with ‘gone’) and I like Fish on L. I picture SF, Hawks’ D et al totally hammering our OL and thus Alex. Our OLine is the ‘cheapest paid’ (lowest salaried) in the NFL, “You Get What You Pay For”… hope I’m wrong

    • 7yahweh7

      I hope they spend that 1st pick on OL. This draft is loaded with WR’s and they can get good ones in the later rounds. Until Andy learns the value of a top NFL O-line, Alex will never be able to show his true potential. You can’t throw TD’s laying on your back. One can only imagine what Alex could do with a line and WR’s like Pay-Ton had last year.

      • Suzi Conger

        So True 7yahweh7!! It pisses me off a bit that AR/JD rely on the fact that Alex is the most talented QB converting pressure/sacks into plays (PFF). Yep… I’m not a betting gal, but I’d put money on Alex over pay-ton (lol, i like that) given equal receivers and OLine

      • Suzi Conger

        O yea, just remembered that PFF graded Alex higher than pay-ton in the pony games last season, as pff accurately factors in dropped catchable passes, plays under duress/pressure into their QBR

    • Josh Michaels

      Agreed

  • Jacob

    I personally think the only game in that stretch that I’d be surprised by a Chiefs win is at Denver. SF will be tough at their new Corporate Sponsor Stadium or whatever it’s called, but I think a win is very possible. Before the schedule came out, I pretty much wrote off the NE game as a loss….but that was before I learned it’d be a MNF game. MNF at Arrowhead is scary for anyone coming in, and I think the Chiefs win that one.

    Last time a Florida team thought they were going to wear us out in hot, humid weather, making us wear our home unis to make it that much hotter, we won 28-2. Yes, Miami is a better team than Jacksonville, but I think it’s still a win, as long as they’re not underestimated. Titans should also be a win. First game at Arrowhead against an ex-fan favorite who turned down KC for more money? C’mon.

  • Leigh Oleszczak

    I agree with you Josh. If the Chiefs can go 2-3, they’re in good shape for the rest of the season. Those two wins should be able to come against the Titans and the Dolphins. I don’t see them beating the Broncos or the Niners, but I do think they could squeak out a win against the Pats ONLY because it’s at home and on a Monday night.

  • Michael Lizalde

    If Kansas City can’t beat the broncos, 9ers or patriots then we have no business going to the playoffs. So if we go 2-3 we miss the playoffs regardless of the rest of our schedule. Why make the playoffs if we get beat in the first round. Point is to win the SB and if we can’t do that, then why even show up! Here is the real gage. We go 2-3 or worse, season over. 3-2, we have a punchers chance. 4-1 or 5-0, we are legit.