Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Schedule Analysis

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The 2015 NFL Schedule was released last night, and while we’ve known for over a month who the teams would be playing, we didn’t know in what order they would be played. Now, we do. Here is the Chiefs 2015 schedule Weeks 1 to 17.

Week Opponent Time Network
Sunday, Sept. 13 at Houston Texans Noon CBS
Thursday, Sept. 17 Denver Broncos 7:25 p.m. CBS/NFLN
Monday, Sept. 28 at Green Bay Packers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals Noon CBS
Sunday, Oct. 11 Chicago Bears Noon FOX
Sunday, Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings Noon CBS
Sunday, Oct. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers Noon CBS
Sunday, Nov. 1 Detroit Lions (London) 8:30 a.m. FOX
Sunday, Nov. 8 BYE WEEK – – – – – – – –
Sunday, Nov. 15 at Denver Broncos 3:25 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 22 at San Diego Chargers* 7:30 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 29 Buffalo Bills* Noon CBS
Sunday, Dec. 6 at Oakland Raiders* 3:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Dec. 13 San Diego Chargers* Noon CBS
Sunday, Dec. 20 at Baltimore Ravens* Noon CBS
Sunday, Dec. 27 Cleveland Browns* Noon CBS
Sunday, Jan. 3 Oakland Raiders* Noon CBS

Notes: The Chiefs get three primetime games, including back-to-back contests in Week 2 and 3. This season will mark the sixth-consecutive year the Chiefs have held at least one primetime contest and the second-straight year the team has been slated for three night games. Kansas City’s schedule features seven games against six playoff teams from the 2014 season. The team’s 2015 opponents had a combined record of 115-92-1 (.555) last season. For the first time in franchise history, Kansas City will play a regular season football game overseas as they head to London to face the Detroit Lions as part of the NFL’s International Series on Nov 1.

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Week One: The Chiefs get a good start, traveling to Houston. The Texans have a revamped defense after adding DT Vince Walker and FS Rahim Moore, but losing Andre Johnson hurts their offense. The Chiefs also upgraded their offensive line after adding guards Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika. The Chiefs played the Texans at Arrowhead in 2013 and won 17-16. Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin, who played for the Eagles last season, caught 7 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Eagles win over the Texans.

Week Two: Denver comes to Arrowhead on Thursday Night, where the Chiefs are 1-1 under Andy Reid. They lost twice to Denver last season, the final loss came on Sunday Night at Arrowhead. However, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore aren’t there anymore, so hopefully the Chiefs will have better success against their biggest division foes. It’s going to be hard for us to think the Chiefs will win against Peyton Manning and Denver, until they actually do it.

Week Three: On Monday Night the Chiefs are back on the road, taking on the NFC Championship runner-up Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs haven’t played the Pack in the regular season since 2011, when the Chiefs beat the 15-0 Packers by the score of 19-14. Both teams have improved greatly since that game, but Andy Reid is 6-2 versus the NFC in Kansas City.

Week Four: KC continues its road trek in Cincinnati. The Bengals were quiet as usual in free agency, but boast one of the NFL’s best receivers in A.J Green. Jeremy Hill was a surprise last year, and they expect him to get better in 2015. The Bengals have a very good offense, but quarterback Andy Dalton tends to make some bad plays, which the Chiefs defense will need to capitalize on.

Week Five: The Chiefs are back at home versus the Bears, who they haven’t played since 2011, where the Chiefs, led by Tyler Palko, won at Soldier Field 10-3. The Bears have regressed since, while the Chiefs have gotten better. The Bears defense is atrocious, but with the 7th overall pick, they could land a stud pass rusher like Missouri’s Shane Ray, Florida’s Dante Fowler, or Nebraska’s Randy Gregory.

Week Six: The Chiefs are back on the road against the Vikings, who have gotten much better since the last time these two teams met, which was in 2011 at Arrowhead, were the Chiefs won 22-17. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and outside linebacker Anthony Barr are rising stars, but the future of Adrian Peterson is still uncertain.

Week Seven: The Steelers return to Arrowhead, where they lost in 2010 27-24 in overtime. They matched up last season at Heinz Field, and the Steelers won 20-9. The Steelers boast one of the NFL’s best offenses, but questions abound on the defense. With a better offensive line, and a go-to guy on the outside in Jeremy Maclin, I expect the Chiefs to score far more than 9 points.

Week Eight: The Chiefs travel to London to take on the Detroit Lions at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. The Lions won at Wembley Stadium last year versus the Falcons, so they have a better feel for the field and stadium. The Lions lost their two excellent defensive tackles (Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley), so the Chiefs might have more running lanes. The Chiefs have to give up a game in Arrowhead for this game, but it will be good exposure to the Chiefs brand.

Week 10: The Chiefs travel to Denver, where they lost last year 24-17. A week’s worth of rest from their London trip should help them deal with the Denver elements.

Week 11: The Chiefs swept the Chargers last year, and won 23-20 in their Week Seven match in San Diego. With so much speculation regarding Philip Rivers, the Chiefs could be facing Marcus Mariota instead in this prime-time matchup.

Week 12: The Chiefs return home to face the revamped Buffalo Bills. Rex Ryan brought in running back LeSean McCoy, quarterback Matt Cassel, wide receiver Percy Harvin, and fullback Jerome Felton in search of some success. The Chiefs improved as well, and while Buffalo may have added some firepower, I doubt any team led by Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel will be high-powered. Rex could surprise us all, however, and draft a quarterback in the mid-rounds (Baylor’s Pryce Petty comes to mind).

Week 13: The Chiefs travel to Oakland late in the year for the second straight year. Last year the Chiefs lost at winless Oakland 24-20 on Thursday Night Football, and I fully expect the Chiefs avenge the loss. The Raiders added a slew of veteran free agents, much like last year. Now we have to see if they produce, unlike last year’s free agent binge.

Week 14: The Chiefs stay put as they face as the Chargers for the second time in four weeks. Outside linebacker Justin Houston recorded 4.0 sacks in the Chiefs 19-7 win at home versus the Chargers last year in the season finale, and with Houston under the franchise tag, I expect him and the rest of the Chiefs defense to get after whoever is playing quarterback for San Diego.

Week 15: The Chiefs come down to my hometown to take on the Ravens, who lost quite a bit of talent this offseason. Receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee are gone, but general manager Ozzie Newsome is an excellent drafter, so I expect the Ravens to remain competitive. The last time the Chiefs played Baltimore was 2011, where KC lost 9-6 at Arrowhead despite running for 300+ yards.

Week 16: D-Bowe returns to KC as the Chiefs take on the Dawg Pound in what could be a blowout. The Browns don’t have any good quarterbacks on the roster, but with two first round picks (No. 12 and No. 19), they could move up for Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. Until that happens, the Browns don’t possess a lot of talent on offense. Defensively, they are solid and have the ability to make plays all day long

Week 17: The Chiefs end the season for the second straight year. The last time the Chiefs ended the season ended with the Raiders was 2010 at Arrowhead, and the Chiefs lost 33-10. The Chiefs hope to end the season on a high note like last season, hopefully doing so on their way to the playoffs.

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