Potential trap games on the Kansas City Chiefs schedule in 2024

Just a few days removed from the release of the 2024-25 NFL schedule and it's become obvious that many Chiefs fans are optimistic about the season, and why shouldn't they be? But every year there manages to be one or two games that become total head scratchers in the loss column for Kansas City. Here's a few games that might surprise Chiefs Kingdom this upcoming season...
Andy Reid scowled during a cold cold game against Miami this past postseason
Andy Reid scowled during a cold cold game against Miami this past postseason / David Eulitt/GettyImages
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Kansas City @ Carolina - Sun., November 24

I know what you're thinking... "Carolina?! Really?! There's no way Kansas City loses to the worst team in the league!" But that's exactly what makes a trap game a trap game.

Number one overall pick Bryce Young will be heading into his second season, this time with much more than just a 33-year-old Adam Thielen to throw the ball to unlike last season. Young will have the 32nd overall pick Xavier Legette, a 6'3", 227 lb. rookie that many Chiefs fans would have been fine picking over Xavier Worthy this past April.

Young will also have former Steeler Diontae Johnson, ripe at the age of 27 and coming off his fourth-straight 700-yard season. Add in the first running back taken off the board during this past NFL Draft, Texas' Jonathon Brooks, and this isn't the same Carolina Panthers that went 2-15 last season.

Now add in the fact that the Panthers' had the third-best passing defense last season and they've only built more talent within it, and it's easy to see how the Chiefs could be walking out of Carolina very similarly to how they walked out of Indianapolis after Matt Ryan pulled out a victory just two years ago.

Even though Carolina is likely going to still finish near the bottom of the NFL, it doesn't mean they should be overlooked or underestimated. That type of mindset is the type that leads to surprise losses and "WTF" moments that haunt Chiefs fans for the entire season no matter how the postseason has ended for Reid and company.