Since the season began, everyone as talked about the strength of schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs. About how brutal this next 5-game stretch will be. First they play the Patriots (6-3) in Foxborough, then come back for the Steelers (7-3), then on the road to Chicago for the Bears (6-3), then to New York for the Jets (5-4). They wrap up the “gauntlet” with a home game at Arrowhead against the undefeated, defending champion Green Bay Packers (9-0). Yes it is a very rough schedule. Yes it may be the toughest 5-game stretch from any team, at any point in the season, but…
…the rest of the AFC West has a difficult road ahead of them as well! The AFC West is split by a single game from first place to last place. That is remarkable given that we are 10 weeks into the season!
Oakland (5-4) is currently in the drivers seat, but face 3 road games against the Vikings (2-7), Dolphins (2-7) & Packers. They should lose to Green Bay. The Dolphins have played most games very close, and their record does not indicate that. Minnesota has the ability and talent to play well, and if their defense shows up, they could easily win. They also host the Bears and Lions (6-3). Both games have defenses that could take the Raiders running game out and force Carson Palmer to beat them. At best, Oakland wins 1-2!
San Diego (4-5) is next! The host the Broncos (4-5), Bills (5-4) and Ravens (6-3). The Ravens have been playing with the consistency of a wet fart, but they have shown they are very capable of shutting down the opposing team. The Broncos and Bill have very opposite season! The Bills started hot and now appear to be luke warm at best, on the other hand the Broncos have started slow and with a little bit of Tim Tebow magic, have somehow managed to make the NFL look like the NCAA! How come teams cannot cover the read-option? Everyone is so anxious to make the big hit or big play and their fundamentals break down and they over pursue or are caught out of position. The Chargers also go on the road to Chicago and Jacksonville (3-6). They could easily lose against the bears…and the west coast to east coast time is a big concern when they go to Jacksonville. Of all the teams in the AFC West, the Chargers have the easiest road…easily winning 2-3.
Next is Denver. They have 2 road games in San Diego and Minnesota. I think by week’s 12 & 13, these 2 teams will have heard all about how Tebow is running all over the place and cannot complete a pass, even if he was throwing it to a wide open WR. He will run first, then he will line up in a throwing formation, but will run it anyways! I don’t even know if he knows his receivers names? Then they have 3 homes games, but with teams like the Jets, Bears and Patriots…they better bring their A+++++ game, or they will lose in decisive fashion. I could see them winning possibly 1 game, but most likely they go winless in their next 5 games too!
Lastly, we come back to Kansas City. They are outmatched in every way…on paper! They have some talent, they have the ability to win games, they just need to fight for it. I could easily see them winning zero games, but I would not also be surprised if they won a game. They may catch a luck break, or an opponent may be caught looking forward to the next week’s opponent and not focus for the Chiefs. Stranger things have happened!
Just to recap;
Oakland is sitting at 5-4. If they win 1 game, they will be 6-8, if they make it 2, then 7-7.
San Diego is currently 4-5, they should win 2 and move to 6-8, or 3 would make them 7-7.
Denver is at 4-5. They might win 1 game and move up to 5-9, but I could also see lose all 5 and move to 4-10.
Kansas City is in the same boat as Denver 4-5, and may lose all 5 games and stay at 4-10, but if they win…just 1 game…they will be sitting at 5-9.
At most, Kansas City will be 3 games back with 2 games remaining. That would officially eliminate them from the playoffs, but in the best case scenario, they would still only be 1 game back, and with the final 2 games against Oakland and at Denver…the season may not be completely lost!