The KC Chiefs open up their regular season on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. There’s a lot of optimism for the Chiefs this season, but could our hopes and dreams be dashed in 2016?
Okay, I’ll admit it. I can be a bit of a pessimist at times when it comes to Kansas City Chiefs football, but that’s because 25 years of following this team has turned me into one.
It always seems like the KC Chiefs are destined for something great, but then tragedy strikes and the team ends up going 7-9 or 6-10 or some other depressing record.
The 2011 season I remember being so excited for because Kansas City was coming off an AFC West title and a 10-6 record in 2010. They then went on to get embarrassed in their first few games and ended the year with a 7-9 record.
Every team in the division has gotten better, and the Chiefs are without Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston, two of their best players.
In 2012, they were even worse, going 2-14 and making me bawl my eyes out each and every week. Not fun.
While I don’t anticipate 2016 being anything close to the dumpster fire that was 2012, I just have this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when it comes to the team’s success this season. The KC Chiefs aren’t the healthiest of teams heading into the regular season and health is everything in the pros.
Sure, Kansas City had an injury riddled 2015 season, but their schedule down the stretch of the season wasn’t the most difficult. They’ll have a doozy of a schedule to start the year off – Hosting San Diego, traveling to Houston, hosting the Jets, and then heading to Pittsburgh for a Sunday Night Football broadcast. That screams 2-2 AT BEST, to me.
The other part that scares me is the rest of the division. Last year was Kansas City’s year to win the crown in the AFC West, but they couldn’t get the job done against the Broncos.
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This season, the Chiefs will have their work cut out for them in the division. Denver’s offense will probably suck, but that defense is terrifying. Oakland is a team on the rise, and San Diego just never seems to go away. It’s going to be a fight to the finish for the division title, and it’s possible that the third place team could even make it into the playoffs.
Playing six games against the division is going to be tough for Kansas City. They went 5-1 in the division last year, but I only have them going 3-3 this season. Every team in the division has gotten better, and the Chiefs are without Jamaal Charles (for now) and Justin Houston (for who knows how long?), two of their best players.
Chalk me being such a pessimist up to me being a lifelong Kansas Cityian, but I’m just terrified for this season. At times, I’ll find myself thinking, “YEAH! SUPER BOWL BABY!” and at other times, I picture the Chiefs being on the short end of the stick in several games this year and end up drafting in the top ten because of it.
I hope the first few weeks of the season prove me wrong and that the Kansas City Chiefs absolutely crush the opposition, but I won’t feel better until I actually see it happen.
Call me Negative Nancy if you want, but it’s just a gut feeling. Sorry, Chiefs Kingdom.