Kansas City Chiefs schedule prediction: Part 4

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Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Browns: If you want to mark a “W” next to the Browns on the schedule you haven’t been following our recent matchups with this team. Here’s what we can expect: the Browns will have a good defense that should keep the game close. The Chiefs rarely dominate Cleveland. You have to go back to 2003 to see the last time Kansas City shellacked the Browns.

Key Player To Watch: Jamaal Charles- The Browns were terrible at stopping the run, ranking dead last in the league. They drafted Danny Shelton to help them in that department but I don’t think they’ll make that big of a jump in getting better, so I expect Charles to play a big role in getting this win.

Outcome: Win

Last Time They Played: Oct 27th, 2013, Smith threw a pair of touchdowns allowing the Chiefs to hold off a Jason Campbell-led Browns team with a 23-17 win.

Raiders: I’ve remembered several times that the  Raiders played big roles in the Chiefs fate in making the playoffs. I remember back in 1999 the Chiefs lost to Raiders in overtime costing them a playoff spot (that terrible kickoff). In 2011, Richard Seymour decided to block a couple of field goals, eliminating them from playoff contention. You could even argue that last year’s loss to a winless Raiders team in Oakland may have been the determining factor on Kansas City not making the playoffs. History tells us that there could be some drama on the last week of the season against Oakland.

Key Player To Watch: Justin Houston- I see Houston having a big game here at home and will disrupt any kind of chemistry that’s developed in the Raiders’ offense.

Outcome: Win

Last Time They Played: Dec 14th,2014. The Chiefs hammered the Raiders, 31-13. The pass defense was pretty stingy causing Derek Carr to only complete 27-of-56 passes, the Raiders got their first touchdown in the final minute of the game.

This would have the Chiefs going 3-1 in the fourth quarter of the season which would put them at 10-6 overall for the season. Winning 10 games puts a team at least in the conversation of earning a wild card spot into the post season so this wouldn’t be bad. There’s enough talent on this team win 11 or 12 games it just comes down to the offensive line improving and if Smith can be  better as a result of that.

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