Game-by-game predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs’ season
By Drew Brooks
Week 12: Bye Week
Heading into their bye week, the Chiefs have got to be feeling good with a 7-4 record. With just five games left, the Chiefs will be in prime position to win the AFC West again. They’ll have to put on their blinders though, because the remaining games aren’t gimmes.
Week 13: Chiefs @ Raiders; 12/2, 3:05 P.M.
We all know what Andy Reid does coming off a bye week: win. At least, statistically. I don’t think anyone could have forgotten the Chiefs’ terrible performance last year against the Giants coming off their bye week. (Unless you purposely burned that game out of your mind—in which case, I don’t blame you.) Still, Reid’s won 16 of 19 games coming off a bye week.
I don’t expect the Raiders to be a problem for the Chiefs. I think Reid will have the team ready and the Chiefs should cruise to an easy victory.
My prediction: 31-20 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 8-4
Week 14: Chiefs vs Ravens; 12/9, 12:00 P.M.
Sitting at the top of the division, the Chiefs won’t have anything to worry about facing the Ravens and will continue to win. Or wait, will they? I predict this to be one of those games the Chiefs take for granted and end up losing.
I think this will end up being an ugly game. The Chiefs won’t click offensively, but neither will the Ravens. Instead, it’s going to boil down to which team has the better defense and I think, in this case at least, the Ravens’ defense will prevail.
My prediction: 17-14 Ravens win.
Chiefs’ season record: 8-5
Week 15: Chiefs vs Chargers; 12/13, 7:20 P.M.
Coming off a bad loss against the Ravens, the Chiefs will have a short week as the Chargers come into town for Thursday Night Football. By this point in the season, this game could end up being pivotal in the playoff race. The Chiefs will be looking to assert dominance over the Chargers and go for the sweep, while the Chargers will be fighting for a playoff spot.
I think Kansas City’s offense flips the switch back to the on position and wins in a shootout.
My prediction: 35-31 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 9-5
Week 16: Chiefs @ Seahawks; 12/23, 7:20 P.M.
Heading into Seattle for their final primetime game of the season, the Chiefs will be looking to impress the nation again. I expect this to be a really exciting Sunday Night Football game for the both teams. I predict lots of scoring—whether that be from a strong offensive effort or a poor defense effort is anyone’s guess.
I think the Chiefs will end up dropping this game by a field goal as time expires.
My prediction: 31-28 Seahawks win.
Chiefs’ season record: 9-6
Week 17: Chiefs vs Raiders; 12/30, 12:00 P.M.
For the final game of the Chiefs’ regular season, they’ll be looking to sweep the Raiders. The Chiefs will either finish with a record of 10-6 or a record of 9-7. Again, this game might have playoff implications for the Chiefs. (Maybe for the Raiders also, but I expect the Chargers to be the Chiefs’ main competitors this year.)
This has the potential to be a “must win” for the Chiefs, but I expect them to win either way. The Chiefs’ offense will be all over the Raiders this game.
My prediction: 28-16 Chiefs win.
Chiefs’ season record: 10-6
So there you have it; my predictions for the Chiefs’ regular season. 10-6 in the regular season, 5-1 in the division, 6-2 at home, and 4-4 on the road. Of course, I hope I’m wrong and the Chiefs go 16-0 and win the Super Bowl.
Thanks for reading and let me know: do you agree with my predictions? Do you think the Chiefs’ record will be better or worse than 10-6?