Everyone loves doing this, whether it’s the day the schedule comes out or a week before the season. Here are my predictions for the Chiefs schedule and final record! By the way, this is by no means a statistical analysis, I’m just going with my gut here.
Week 1 vs. San Diego Chargers
WIN, 24-17. If the Chiefs are going to do anything this year, they MUST win this game. San Diego’s roster is depleted with the losses of Shawne Merriman, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeil and other starters for Week One and most of the early part of 2010.
Week 2 @ Cleveland Browns
WIN, 17-10. The Browns just don’t seem to be very good. They ran all over the Chiefs last year though. This should be interesting.
Week 3 vs. San Fransisco 49ers
LOSS, 21-9. The Niners are the sexy pick to go all the way to the Super Bowl this year. Chiefs will run with them in the first half, but I think San Fran has much more talent than the Chiefs.
Week 4 BYE.
Week 5 @ Indianapolis Colts
LOSS, 34-13. This is truly the only unwinnable game on the schedule. I don’t think the Chiefs are ready to run with Peyton Manning and his boys.
Week 6 @ Houston Texans
LOSS, 37-27. This is where the schedule gets tough. Houston is another sexy pick for Super Bowl contenders. Once again, I think this is a game where the Chiefs’ coaching staff out-coaches Houston’s, but the difference of talent on the depth chart shows up in the 4th quarter and the Chiefs can’t hold on.
Week 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 8 vs. Buffalo Bills
WIN, 21-3. The Bills are not good. We better win this freaking game.
Week 9 @ Oakland Raiders
LOSS, 9-7. I hate picking the Raiders, but I see this being an ugly game, with terrible officiating and the Raiders’ benefiting from a late bullshit pass interference call or something late in the game.
Week 10 @ Denver Broncos
WIN, 21-17. The Broncos are in a period of transition and the Chiefs rolled them at Mile High last year. Jamaal Charles once again will cause fits for the Donks’ and rush for over 175 yards.
Week 11 vs. Arizona Cardinals
WIN, 17-14. The Chiefs continue their winning ways in the second half of the season as Ryan Succop boots a 57-yard field goal for the win as time expires against the Cards.
Week 12 @ Seattle Seahawks
LOSS, 10-6. Seattle’s stupid weather will get in the way, as the Chiefs will fumble the ball four times in the red zone. Pete Carroll’s defense plays well, but this will just be one of those games in which the Chiefs shoot themselves in the foot.
Week 13 vs. Denver Broncos
WIN, 31-20. The Chiefs are simply better than the Broncos this year.
Week 14 @ San Diego Chargers
LOSS, 35-17. A completely healthy and restored San Diego team takes out its revenge on the Chiefs.
Week 15 @ St. Louis Rams
WIN, 37-6. In what may as well be a home game for the Chiefs, the Chiefs defense will sack Sam Bradford five times and hold St. Louis to under 200 yards of total offense.
Week 16 vs. Tennessee Titans
LOSS, 24-3. The Chiefs suffer their worst offensive performance of the year, while watching Chris Johnson scamper for 200 yards of rushing.
Week 17 vs. Oakland Raiders
WIN, 22-13. The Chiefs defeat the Raiders in front of a sellout crowd on Sunday Night Football to win the AFC West after scoring all 22 of their points in the second half.
Final record: 9-7. AFC West Champions.
This was the “rose-colored glasses” version of my predictions, I would do a pessimistic version, but that just wouldn’t be much fun now would it?
But, 9-7 does seem like a realistic possibility. There aren’t any “shockers” or upsets on here. If the Chiefs win the games they are supposed to, this could be an awesome season.
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