3 Biggest Trap Games on Chiefs' 2024 Schedule

Travis Kelce and the Chiefs have a few difficult spots on the 2024 schedule
Travis Kelce and the Chiefs have a few difficult spots on the 2024 schedule / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Seemingly every year, the Chiefs have a couple of games that make you scratch your head and say, "How on Earth did we lost that?" Whether it's the Raiders or Broncos losses from last year or the Colts the year before that, Kansas City is typically good for one or two unexpected losses.

The 2024 NFL schedule was officially released on Wednesday and while it's exciting overall, the league didn't do the Chiefs any favors with some tough stretches.

I've got full confidence in Kansas City to post an excellent record and win the AFC West once again, but there could still be a few surprises along the way. With that in mind, let's look at three potential trap games that could spell trouble throughout the year.

3 Biggest Trap Games on Chiefs' Schedule

1. Week 3 @ Atlanta Falcons

I'll be confident about Patrick Mahomes in a dome no matter what, though it's hard to ignore the difficult scheduling spot here. The Chiefs will be coming off a pair of grueling games to start the year, hosting the Ravens and Bengals in consecutive weeks. It'd be understandable if they weren't quite as juiced up to play an NFC opponent on the road in Week 3.

Atlanta is a trendy team to make a deep playoff run. Their offense is loaded and now they've got a seemingly competent QB in Kirk Cousins to get their talented skill-position players the ball. Drake London, Bijan Robinson, and Kyle Pitts are a scary trio and this will be the Falcons' chance to prove they're real contenders.

It's worth noting that Atlanta will only be on six days of rest after facing the Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 2, though they'll be a difficult opponent nonetheless.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Chiefs as three-point favorites in this contest, a smaller margin than the four-point advantage Kansas City has over Cincinnati. Sportsbooks expect this to be a close game, which makes sense given the Chiefs' first two matchups.

If Kansas City gets off to a 2-0 start and claims the head-to-head tiebreakers over a pair of AFC contenders, I could see the Chiefs slipping up and falling to the Falcons. In any case, they'll need to be focused to avoid a let-down game.