With the season nearly upon us and the Chiefs heading to the Desert on Sunday, here is a full season record prediction.
The Chiefs are expected to have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this season. After losing one of the most explosive receivers in the game and one of the captains on defense, many think the Chiefs will be on the decline and possibly might not make the playoffs.
But here at Arrowhead Live, the prediction for the Chiefs is to finish at 12-5. The Chiefs do have a new-look offense and they do not know who will break out at the wide receiver position. Also on the defensive side of the ball, they do not know who’s the leader for that unit. Finishing with twelve wins is a fair prediction for Mahomes and Reid. Here are some notable games on the schedule the Chiefs should be watching out for this season.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Buffalo Bills – October 16th at 3:25 CST
After the Chiefs beat the Bills in the AFC Divisional round in overtime, the Bills seem to be looking to get revenge. After acquiring elite pass rusher Von Miller and filling in needs throughout the roster, the Bills are the odds-on favorite to make it to the Super Bowl this year and win it.
The Bills have built a roster that competes with the Chiefs, there is no reason to underestimate what this team is capable of doing. Even though the Bills were able to beat them in the regular season last season, KC always had the last laugh when coming to the playoffs and winning when it matters. The Bills looked masterful in their opening night win over the defending Super Bowl Champs, and they seem primed to get to the Super Bowl, but they’ll have through Kansas City to get there.
With the Chiefs having a younger defense this year and the matchup being played in Week 6, there is a possibility the Chiefs’ defense is not totally cohesive yet, which would put Allen in the driver’s seat to have a great game. The score prediction for this matchup is 31-28 Bills.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals – December 4th at 3:25 CST
The Chiefs will be traveling to Cincinnati in Week 13 to face off against Joe Burrow and the Bengals. After losing to them twice last year and one of those games being a big upset in the AFC Championship Game, Mahomes and the Chiefs are looking to redeem themselves.
The Bengals were able to beef up their offensive line this off-season and sure up protection for their young star QB. Defensively, the Chiefs got younger and added depth to that defensive back group and they will have a huge test against Jamarr Chase and Tee Higgins. Adding Dunlap and Karlaftis to that defensive line for the Chiefs will add needed beef that will help bring down Burrow, which in the AFC Championship game slipped key sacks making plays to extend the drive to lead their offense down the field and score.
Offensively, KC will try to become more balanced over the season, which will be an advantage for Kansas City because last year the Bengals solely focused on taking away the passing game which resulted in no points being scored in the second half of both games. The Chiefs will come out hungry and remember the losses against the Bengals and use that as fuel to take the victory in Week 13. The score prediction for this game is 35-27 Chiefs in a shootout.
Other notable matchups
KC has multiple matchups this year that will be tough which include, the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and every opponent in the AFC West. 12-5 is a reasonable record for a team that still has the talent and weapons to win, but with the significant changes that were made this offseason, there is no timetable as to when to expect the whole unit to gel.
The youth and athleticism will be able to make up for the miscues of the scheme, however, they will need to be fluent and on point getting to the second half of the schedule and preparing for the playoffs right after. The Chiefs have plenty of doubters this upcoming season, but Mahomes and the Chiefs will be able to overcome the hardships of this already tough schedule and once again win the division and fight to play in another Super Bowl.
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