Early Schedule Could Be Tough For Chiefs
As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for their third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, I wanted to take a brief look ahead to the regular season.
As excited as I am for the regular season to get underway, I have to say that the early part of the Chiefs schedule makes me a little nervous. In particular, the first 5 games.
The Chiefs first 5 opponents in order are: Vs. Chargers, @ Browns, Vs. 49ers, Bye, @ Colts, @ Texans.
4 of the 5 teams on that list finished with records of .500 or better in 2009 and the only team that didn’t, the Browns, beat the Chiefs when the two teams met late in the season.
Obviously, this isn’t 2009 and we aren’t talking about the same Chiefs team. Still, the Chargers, Colts and Texans present very difficult games for the Chiefs. Especially since KC will have to play the Colts and Texans back to back, on the road.
After the Texans game, the schedule is much less intimidating with games against the Jags, Bills, Raiders, Broncos, Warnerless Cardinals, Seahwaks, Rams and Titans.
My worry is, that this still developing young team may have it’s spirit broken by some tough losses early.
While I think it would be a fantastic step forward if the Chiefs could start the season 2-3, I fear there is a real possibility they could go 1-4 or even, (gulp), 0-5, before righting the ship.
Then again, you never can predict much in the NFL based on schedules. I am sure that when most people looked at the 2009 Chiefs schedule the marked off the Pittsburgh game as a loss and the Cleveland game as a potential win.
Anything can happen but the early schedule will be a very good test for Todd Haley’s team to see where they stand against some of the leagues better teams. If the Chiefs can hang tough and steal a couple of wins in those first 6 weeks, it could give them some serious momentum heading in to the “easier” portion of their schedule.
However, if they stumble out of the gate, it could be another long year in Kansas City.
What do you think, Addicts? What will the Chiefs record be following their 5th game against the Texans?