The Kansas City Chiefs finally have their 2013 schedule.
I’ll be breaking down the schedule in more detail in the coming days but for now, here are 16 quick takes on the matchups.
Week 1. @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Chiefs couldn’t have asked for a better game to start the Andy Reid era. This isn’t meant to be offensive to the Jags. The Chiefs were terrible too last year. Still, this is a winnable game that could get KC some confidence, something they desperately need after 2012.
Week 2. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are a weird team. They can play very, very well or they could come to Arrowhead and lay an egg. If the Chiefs and their new-look defense can rattle Tony Romo, KC could steal this one. If the pass rush fails, then so too will the Chiefs.
Week 3. @ Philadelphia Eagles
Andy Reid returns to Philly in primetime. The Chiefs need to show up for their coach and show Chip Kelly the NFL ain’t college.
Week 4. New York Giants
This will be a tough one. There is perhaps no better-coached team in the NFL than the Giants. This game could tell us a lot about the 2013 Chiefs.
Week 5. @ Tennessee Titans
Road games aren’t ever easy but if the Chiefs have improved, they have to win this game.
Week 6. Oakland Raiders
I mean, it’s the Raiders at Arrowhead. The Chiefs need to protect their home stadium in their first AFC West game of the year.
Week 7. Houston Texans
This one won’t be easy but at least the Chiefs are at home. The Texans make a living off beating teams like the Chiefs in the regular season. This one could come down to JC vs. AF.
Week 8. Cleveland Browns
Don’t sleep on the Browns. The smacked the Chiefs around last year and have a lot of young talent on defense. Still, this is another game the Chiefs have to win.
Week 9. @ Buffalo Bills
The Chiefs play the Bills for like, the 30th straight season. Buffalo has embarrassed the Chiefs the last couple of years. It is time for KC to return the favor.
Week 10. BYE
Week 11. @ Denver Broncos
If Peyton Manning hasn’t gotten inured or anything, this will be a tremendously tough game for the Chiefs. The KC defense will need to step up because I don’t see Alex Smith beating Peyton in a shootout.
Week 12. San Diego Chargers
KC gets the Chargers at home. Save last season, the Chiefs have shown they can beat the Chargers at Arrowhead. This is a big division game for KC.
Week 13. Denver Broncos
If the Chiefs want a shot at the AFC West, they have to find a way to split their series with the Donks. If KC is winning, Arrowhead will be rocking for this one.
Week 14. @ Washington Football Team
A road trip to visit RG3 and the team from Washington. If RG3 suffers a sophomore slum, KC might have a shot in this one.
Week 15. @ Oakland Raiders
The only think better than beating the Raiders at home is beating the Raiders in Oakland. KC needs to steal this one as they enter the home stretch.
Week 16. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck comes to Arrowhead. Indy was improved last year but they were far from dominant. KC can and needs to find a way to win their last home game.
Week 17. @ San Diego Chargers
The Chiefs have been awful in San Diego recently. Can the Chiefs take advantage if the nice weather and get a win?