I’m calling it. We need seven wins.
That’s what it will take to win the AFC West or the Wild Card. Four weeks down in the NFL season and I have not seen a single dominant team. I’m not impressed with anybody, except for maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers who are 3-1 despite missing their two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.
That being said, the Chiefs need seven wins. Seven wins gets us to 10-6, usually considered the low water mark for playoff teams. So can the Chiefs do it? I’ll revisit the remaining schedule and break it down.
Sorry for looking ahead, but I’m milking this 3-0 start for all its worth.
Week 5: @ Indianapolis
I know I said the Chiefs can beat the Colts. But just because they can, doesn’t mean they will. The Chiefs have a better coaching staff than the Colts, but the Colts have better talent. They’re on the decline, but I’m still seeing that old Colts magic. Peyton Manning will put this team on his shoulders and beat the Chiefs. Chiefs Lose, 27-17.
Week 6: @ Houston
Not impressed by them since Week 1. They barely escaped in Oakland, but don’t count them out just yet. I think we have a shot at winning this one, but I just can’t see us doing so. Chiefs lose, 34-24.
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Week 7: vs. Jacksonville
Maurice Jones Drew has to break down eventually. The Chiefs run defense has been stifling. MJD ran for only 106 yards on 26 carries against Indy’s horrible run defense. I think we take this one down. Chiefs Win, 28-17.
Week 8: vs. Buffalo
I said it in my preseason predictions, the Chiefs better win this freaking game. Chiefs Win 30-10.
Week 9: @ Oakland
They don’t look too good. But it’s a rivalry blah blah blah. I still think we sweep the Raiders this year. Chiefs Win, 17-3.
Week 10: @ Denver
This game worries me. It’s the Broncos. They’re annoying and they always find a way to poop in our cereal bowl. Chiefs Lose, 24-16.
Week 11: vs. Arizona
Another team that has looked bad in the early goings. Gotta win this one. Chiefs win, 16-7.
Week 12: @ Seattle
They’ve played well at home…but they’re still pretty bad. Chiefs win, 24-23.
Week 13: vs. Denver
Just a two week turnaround. We take them at home. Chiefs win 26-14.
Week 14: @ San Diego
Yet another home blackout for the Chargers won’t save the Chiefs. Chiefs lose 27-10.
Week 15: @ St. Louis
They’ve looked better. But I’m still not a believer. We have to win this one. Chiefs win, 30-21.
Week 16: vs. Tennessee
They are so very undisciplined. Our coaches win this one for us. Chiefs win 16-9.
Week 17: vs. Oakland
If it comes down to this game deciding our playoff hopes, I can easily see a 4-11 Raiders team pulling a miracle out of their asses and beating us. I hope against all hope that it doesn’t happen. Chiefs win, 20-14
There you have it. A pretty liberal dose of Chiefs optimism that leaves a lot of room for error. This is possible. The schedule isn’t airtight with playoff caliber teams. Gotta win the ones that we should.