Game-by-game predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs’ season
By Drew Brooks
The Kansas City Chiefs finished 2-2 in preseason. Taking a look at their regular season schedule, let’s predict the Chiefs’ season record game-by-game.
With the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason in the books, all eyes are on the regular season. We learned a lot about the Chiefs during the preseason, ranging from how well Patrick Mahomes looks to how dismal the cornerback coverage looks. The Chiefs have plenty to work on before the regular season starts, but a lot to look forward to.
So, just how well can the Chiefs do when it comes to the regular season? As hard as it is, I’m going to try to put my biases aside and predict the Chiefs’ regular season record game by game.
(All times listed on Central Standard Time.)
Week 1: Chiefs @ Chargers; 9/9, 3:05 P.M.
Surprisingly, Reid’s all-time record in week 1 road games is 8-3. So, at least statistics are on the Chiefs’ side for their first game. Not to mention that, after last season’s opening night victory in Foxborough, the Chiefs showed they have the ability to beat anyone, anywhere, on any given week 1 game.
Also, in the last five years the Chiefs have won every single game against the Chargers. I think Mahomes is going to continue that trend and win in a close game. He will give Kansas City fans a lot of hope for the season.
My prediction: 31-28 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 1-0
Week 2: Chiefs @ Steelers; 9/16, 12:00 P.M.
In Andy Reid’s five seasons as the Chiefs head coach, the Chiefs have won just one out of five games—including one playoff game—against the Steelers and have yet to win a game at Heinz Field. Yikes. Not only does this matchup look bad for the Chiefs on paper, but with Mahomes in just his third career NFL start I don’t have faith in his ability to out duel the Steelers’ high powered offense.
I think we’re going to see a different team than we saw in week 1. Mahomes will make some mistakes and have some short possessions. Meanwhile, the Steelers offense will be firing on all cylinders.
My prediction: 38-17 Steelers win.
Chiefs’ season record: 1-1
Week 3: Chiefs vs 49ers; 9/23, 12:00 P.M.
Coming off a blowout loss, the Chiefs will be looking to put the past behind them and win their home opener. By now, the Chiefs will be beginning to iron out the kinks and see success against the 49ers.
I think we’ll start to really see the Chiefs offense excel and the defense will hold its own against San Francisco.
My prediction: 27-13 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 2-1
Week 4: Chiefs @ Broncos; 10/1, 7:15 P.M.
The last time the Chiefs and Broncos met was Patrick Mahomes’ NFL debut, when he led the Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Broncos. Following that game, the Broncos had plenty of praise for Mahomes.
How will the Chiefs do this time, heading into Mile High stadium for Monday Night Football? I think we’re in for a classic rivalry game that’s close up until the final drive. The Chiefs should have plenty of big plays in the thin air of Denver and provide an entertaining game for everyone. Ultimately, I think the Broncos will take their revenge and cause trouble for the Chiefs’ offensive line. I know, I know; the Chiefs have won the last five games they’ve played against Denver and the Broncos don’t look particularly talented this year, but like I said I’m putting my biases aside.
My prediction: 23-20 Broncos win.
Chiefs’ season record: 2-2
Week 5: Chiefs vs Jaguars; 10/7, 12:00 P.M.
Returning to Arrowhead at .500, the Chiefs will be looking to impress the home crowd again. Facing a tough Jaguars defense, the Chiefs are bound to struggle offensively. The Chiefs will have to make sure to involve Kareem Hunt in the running game to help open up the passing game.
Despite turnovers and short possessions, I think the Chiefs will end up on top.
My prediction: 14-10 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 3-2