Chiefs Schedule… BRUTAL!

Well, the good news is the Chiefs could have a winning record before their bye week for the second consecutive season. The bad news comes after the bye week when they will be facing both superbowl teams, both runners up from the AFC and NFC and the Patriots too. Here is the schedule. Bold is a home game, non bold is away. I will put a W or L next to each game for win or loss.

CHIEFS 2011 SCHEDULE

September

11 BUFFALO W
18 at DETROIT W
25 at SAN DIEGO L

October

MINNESOTA W
9 at INDIANAPOLIS L
16 Open Date
23 at OAKLAND L
31 SAN DIEGO W

November

MIAMI W
13 DENVER W
21 at NEW ENGLAND  L
27 PITTSBURGH L

December

4 at CHICAGO L
11 at NEW YORK JETS L
18 GREEN BAY L
24 OAKLAND W

January

1 at DENVER W

As you can see, I have the Chiefs finishing 8-8. When all is said and done with this schedule, I think 8-8 would be a pretty good season. Yes, not as good as last season, but staying at .500 would be a positive for this team in my mind. I could see this team being 6-10, and I think their ceiling this year is probably 9-7. The month long stretch of games from mid November to late December are tough. Not only do the Chiefs have to play all of those playoff teams from last year, but they play them ALL IN A ROW! This team will need some serious resolve after those games to get back on track and win against Oakland and Denver, as I am predicting. If the Chiefs can pull off an upset in 1-2 of those games, I would be very happy. After the bye week, a win at Oakland is possible, but the Raiders swept the Chiefs last year, so I don’t want to take anything away from the Raiders at this point. That will be a key game though, coming out of a bye and against your most hated rival. A win there would be huge for the Chiefs before they get a 3 game home stand.

In the end, if the Chiefs can get to 8-8 and keep a .500 record, I think that would be keeping pace with what they did last year. I know they had a 10-6 record last year, but they had a pretty easy schedule. With a tougher schedule comes more losses. However, this will make them a tougher team and if they happen to get back to the playoffs, they will be more battle tested. You never know how things will go in the AFC west, and who knows, an 8-8 record could win the division (see NFC west last year… Seahawks won their division with a losing record). If the Chiefs can split with the Chargers, split with Oakland, and sweep the Broncos, it could happen.

I will probably update this with another prediction as the season gets closer and after all of the lock out nonsense is over. Be on the look out for a draft recap in the coming weeks as well. Stay tuned…

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