Kansas City Chiefs post-draft schedule prediction


Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball as San Diego Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae (37) attempts the tackle during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Saturday Chiefs fans! Thanks for joining me this weekend to discuss what I consider a very important topic, Chiefs football. Earlier this week I discussed how the draft potentially pushed the Chiefs defense into a new territory of greatness. Today we’re going to discuss how the draft will affect our upcoming schedule.

The Chiefs did a good job with this draft addressing both sides of the ball. The concerns I had before the draft were the offensive line, receivers group, inside linebackers, and secondary. When the schedule released before we addressed those needs, I saw this team winning 8 or 9 games. This was mainly due to my concern to what I saw as a sub par offensive line losing its best player. I see it being hard to win many games if you can’t control the line of scrimmage.

I see things differently now with the Chiefs adding Mitch Morse who could possibly fill in for Hudson’s spot. If the center position can be addressed whether its Eric Kush or Mitch Morse the Chiefs can stay a float and battle late into the season for a playoff spot. We’ll start off this week looking at the first four games of the season.

Week 1: At Houston Texans

Say what you will, this is a tough test and opener for the Chiefs offense that has been inconsistent to say the least under Andy Reid. Remember the Buffalo game last year? For most of the game if was a low-scoring affair dictated by both defenses until the fourth quarter when the Chiefs squeaked it out with a couple of touchdowns. I expect this game to be low-scoring and ugly as both teams will not be crisp on offense in the opening week.

Key Player to watch: Whoever is playing center vs. Vince Wilfork.

Outcome: Win (penciled)

Week 2: Vs. Denver Broncos

I love playing Denver on a short week and it being our home opener. Since Peyton Manning has joined the Broncos the Chiefs have been winless against him. That changes this year. I expect the Chiefs to win an emotional Thursday night game, but it’s close.

Key Player to watch: Sean Smith (unless he’s suspended)- Unless Marcus Peters dethrones him as the number one corner this offseason. Either corner back will have their work cut out for them covering Demaryius Thomas.

Outcome: Win

Week 3: At Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers on Monday night in Lambeu, that is a tall task for any team in this league to accomplish. As much confidence as the Chiefs will have coming off a big victory against the Broncos I expect them to come up short on this game in a close loss.

Key Player To Watch: Jamaal Charles, I expect him to have a huge game against the Packers’ woeful run defense.

Outcome: Loss

Week 4: At Cincinnati Bengals

Call me crazy but I see a lot of similarities between the Chiefs and Bengals. Both of these teams have a lot of talent with questions at the quarterback position. I think this will be a game decided on which quarterback shows up and makes more big throws. I’m not confident, however, that Alex Smith will. This feels like a loss to me.

Key Player To Watch: Alex Smith, will he be dink and dunk Alex Smith? Or will he be the Alex Smith we saw in the playoff game against the Colts?

Outcome: Loss

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So the first four games I am predicting a 2-2 record which isn’t terrible, and we could definitely beat Cincinnati and go 3-1. What do you think, Addicts? How do you see the first 4 games going?