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Kansas City Chiefs: A Deeper Look At 2015 Schedule

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The NFL released the 2015 season schedule on Tuesday night, and the Kansas City Chiefs were given three primetime games (four if you count the London game). The Chiefs have a tough stretch to start the season off, but will get three out of four of their last games at home at Arrowhead Stadium.

I thought I’d dive a little deeper with my thoughts on the schedule, and how I’m not too pleased with it. For one, the Chiefs only get one primetime game at Arrowhead, and it’s a Thursday night game against the Denver Broncos. The good part is that it’s in week two of the season so the “wear and tear” on the players won’t be as prominent as it is later on in the season on a short week.

The Chiefs should have been given a Sunday or Monday night game at home, but both of their other primetime games are on the road. They’ll play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau on Monday Night Football in week three (so they’ll get a long week to prepare at least) and then travel to San Diego for Sunday Night Football in week 11 for what should be a tough AFC West match-up.

Now I know I shouldn’t complain about Kansas City getting primetime games, as just three years ago, this team was a joke. Still though, I expected at least one major home primetime game.

Last year’s Monday night match-up against the New England Patriots was by far the best Chiefs game I’ve ever attended, and I’m bummed there won’t be a Monday night home game for Kansas City this year. There is still a chance for them to grab another Sunday night game later on, or even lose the one they have scheduled, due to flex scheduling down the stretch of the season.

Another negative to the schedule is that after week 7’s home game against the Steelers, Arrowhead won’t host another game until week 12 when the Bills come to town. Granted one of those games will take place in London against the Lions and counts as a home game for the Chiefs, but come on. London ain’t Arrowhead.

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  • The beginning of the Chiefs’ schedule in 2015 is scary. They’ll play at Houston to open the season, then home on a short week against the Broncos on Thursday Night Football, away the following in Green Bay, and away at Cincinnati before returning home to face the Bears.

    Those first four games will see the Chiefs playing teams with winning records in 2014, and three of those teams made it to the playoffs. The Bears, who are Kansas City’s week five opponent, aren’t a team to count out either.

    The Chiefs’ week nine bye comes at a great time because it’s right around the halfway point of the season. By the time that bye rolls around, I predict the Chiefs will be 6-2 on the year (those two losses coming against the Packers and the Bengals). I think this will be the year that the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Denver Broncos for the first time since Peyton Manning joined them in 2012.

    Overall, despite the obstacles, I expect the Chiefs to end the year with a record of 11-5.

    What are your predictions for the Chiefs this season after seeing their schedule?

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