Kansas City is no stranger to excellent football games under Patrick Mahoems and Andy Reid. Over the last five years, we’ve been treated to spectacular battles against the Bengals, Rams, Bills, Eagles, Ravens, and more in both the regular season and playoffs.
With another difficult schedule this year, there are several games I’m circling with excitement as we inch closer to our September 7th matchup with the Lions.
For my money, here are the most intriguing games on the schedule heading into the year:
3 Most Intriguing Games on the Chiefs Schedule
@ Jacksonville Jaguars, September 17
I’m on the record that I expect a big year from the Jaguars, entering their second season of the Doug Pederson regime. Jacksonville put up a fight in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against a hobbled Patrick Mahomes and I think the Jaguars enter that upper echelon of AFC teams this year.
Calvin Ridley’s addition will be a massive boost for an already-deep offense alongside Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, Zay Jones and Travis Etienne. Trevor Lawrence was one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in the second half of the season last year and may already be one of the AFC’s best signal callers.
The young defense should be improved, and this is a tricky matchup considering it comes in the second week of the season. If Chris Jones is still ramping up to speed and Kansas City’s receiving corps isn’t fully healthy, the Chiefs could get surprised by an upstart Jags team looking for a signature victory.
I’ll back Kansas City to win, but this will be a critical test early in the year for a team looking to win a third Super Bowl in five seasons.