Please note that the author of the following article is legally blind
If you are like me, then this week’s release of the NFL regular season schedule was kind of like opening your presents on Christmas morning (that is if you open your presents at 7:00 in the evening, and seriously, who does that?)
My point is that after months of speculation, educated guessing and a few leaks here and there, the gifts have been opened for all 32 teams, and the match-ups, grudge matches, prime time games and games that will be good for a Sunday afternoon nap have finally been revealed, so what is it time for? Time to overreact to the Chiefs schedule of course!
In this piece I will give you each of the Chiefs opponents, the date and time of the game, and where it will be played. I will also briefly break down the game, give a couple thoughts, opinions and first impressions, and what I think the outcome shall be.
Obviously, I have no way of taking into account free agents that could still be signed or how some draft picks are going to perform, so all of my predictions will purely be based on how the teams looked last year and what I think the addition of any free agents/draft picks might do for them.
Please note, I do not work for ESPN nor do I make several millions a year to talk sports. I do have a day job and I am writing this piece strictly as a fan excited about the release of the schedule and wanting to talk about it. So I do not have the rosters of all Chiefs opponents on a spread sheet in front of me or scouting reports. Nor do I have a photographic memory of what occurred in every single NFL game that was played last year. All that being thrown out there, lets over react to the Chiefs schedule starting with…
Browns at Chiefs, Sun 09/12 3:25 PM CDT
Just in case anyone has ever read my other pieces and shamed me in their minds for being such an unapologetic homer for my Sooners, I now have a chance right out of the gate to put that to rest and prove to you that my loyalty to my Chiefs always comes first.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will be leading the Browns into Arrowhead stadium for a rematch of the divisional round of last years playoffs, and I am here to tell you, that I don’t believe it will end any differently for Baker and his Browns.
The Browns have certainly made some vast improvements in the last couple of years and should be commended for it, but they managed to get in their own way when they last played in this stadium and I see no reason not to believe they won’t do it again. The Browns are a team that should be taken seriously, and I have no doubt that the Chiefs will do so, but as I have stated in previous pieces, this is a ticked off Chiefs team with a ticked off quarterback. They will be opening the season at home, hopefully surrounded by a full compliment of 76,000 fans for the first time in over a year, and it is not lost on Patrick Mahomes that some have tried to place Baker Mayfield in the same category as himself. He will be out to put all those notions to bed.
This will be a very entertaining game to start the season, but the Chiefs will emerge victorious.
Final Score, 31-20 Chiefs
Chiefs at Ravens, Sun 09/19 7:20 PM CDT
For whatever reason, the Chiefs seem to have the Ravens number, and I believe they will dial it up on their first Sunday night game of the season. It might be a stretch to call this a “revenge game” for the Chiefs would have had to have lost to the Ravens for that to be true and they have not done so, but no doubt Ravens defenders will be eager to try and blow through the Chiefs new and improved offensive line that includes their former teammate Orlando Brown, and Brown will be just as eager to protect his quarterback and bring his former teammates to a dead stop.
Also, there is Watkins to consider. The receiver who won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs, will now be on the other side of the field wearing a Ravens jersey and will be ready to greet his old team mates, but will he be as successful without Magic Mahomes feeding him the ball?
There is always going to be fire works when these two quarterbacks meet up (hence the Sunday night billing) Mahomes having taken home the MVP award in 2018, and Jackson achieving it the very next year in 2019, causing comparisons to constantly be flying back and forth between these two explosive athletes.
No one is questioning the talents of Jackson, but some could question his accuracy. His running game always makes for an interesting challenge against a Chiefs defense that has always struggled against the run, and might still be finding its feet in week 2. I think Jackson and company will make things uncomfortable for the Chiefs, for they have grown tired of being kicked around by the Chiefs, and because of this I expect them to keep it close, but as I stated before, the Chiefs just know how to beat the Ravens, and there is just slightly more talent on the Chiefs side of things, giving them that edge to put this one away late in the game.
Final score, 27-24 Chiefs.
Chargers at Chiefs, Sun 09/26 12:00 PM CDT
I think it is safe to say that some underestimated Justin Herbert last year, and I don’t mind eating my own slice of humble pie and saying that I was one of those people. The Chiefs went into last year’s first game against the Chargers assuming that they would go in and roll the Chargers, teach him not to mess with the big dogs and leave with a final score of 42-3. However, it was anything but.
Last year’s Charger game in Los Angeles around this time was an ugly win and at the time I wrote “Possibly one of Mahomes worst games in a Chiefs jersey”. With some late heroics from Mahomes and a field goal kicker with ice water in his veins, the Chiefs scraped out an ugly victory.
Now, Herbert and the Chargers will be travelling to Arrowhead for the first of two divisional match ups. The Charges seem to be high on their quarterback as the rest of us do, hence the drafting of Rashawn Slater, an Offensive tackle out of Northwestern to improve the pieces around Herbert.
Herbert poses a challenge for this Chiefs defense, and last year the Chargers defense all but smothered Mahomes, and the Chiefs will be coming off a bruising SNF game against the Ravens. All that being said, I do not believe the Chiefs will make the same mistake twice and underestimate the chargers or Herbert a second time. Herbert is also no longer a rookie and well versed in the ways of the league.
It will be the Chiefs first divisional game, and it will be at a hopefully sold out Arrowhead and the Chiefs first chance of the season to assert their continued dominance over the AFC West.
The Chargers will play their guts out and keep it close, but the Chiefs will secure the Win.
Final score, 24-17 Chiefs.
Chiefs at Eagles, Sun 10/03 12:00 PM CDT
Yes, yet another opportunity to show you my true colors and prove that my loyalty to the Chiefs is without question. Even when going against a former Oklahoma Sooner.
I type the words above with the assumption that Jalen Hurts (former OU Sooner) will be taking the snaps for the Eagles.
There is always a storyline when Andy Reid faces the team he coached for years and this year shall be no different.
It is all to tempting to write this one off as an easy victory, but as fans we shouldn’t do so and neither should the Chiefs.
The Eagles have a new head coach in Nick Sirianni and have rid themselves of that stone around their neck in Carson Wenzt and have placed the team in the hands of Jalen Hurts, but what shouldn’t be forgotten is not only is Hurts a former Sooner, he is also formerly a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and he will be throwing his passes to former Alabama wide receiver and Heisman trophy winner draft pick Devonta Smith.
Smith will be ready to play right out of the gate and the Chiefs absolutely must account for him, or he will make them pay. What must also be taken into the Chiefs game plan is Hurts’s own underestimated ability to run the ball when needed.
Credit and caution being given to the Eagles, I do not think an Eagles defense will be able to stand up against a high powered Chiefs offense, who definitely should have found its stride by week 4 and be cruising by this point.
Final score, 34-24 Chiefs.