Good morning Chiefs Kingdom! Despite a lack of news on free agency for Kansas City, I am sure Chiefs fans everywhere are hungry for information on their favorite team. To satisfy that hunger, here is some info on the Chiefs regular season and offseason schedule.
The NFL announced that it would release the 2014 regular season schedule in mid-April. It seems likely that we will know next week or the week after when the Chiefs will be playing. In case you missed it, below are the Chiefs opponents at Home and Away:
Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, and reigning Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks.
Away: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers.
One interesting observation pointed out by our brethren at Arrowhead Pride is that the Chiefs will play the Buffalo Bills for the 7th year in a row. The Chiefs have a 2-4 record in those games, with the only wins coming in KC on Halloween in 2010 when Ryan Succop drilled a 35 yard field goal as time expired in overtime, and last year in Buffalo when Sean Smith and Tamba Hali scored defensive touchdowns to keep their record a perfect 9-0.
The Chiefs preseason schedule was released yesterday afternoon. Dates and times are yet to be finalized, but Kansas City will host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game, will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers on August 17, then host the Minnesota Vikings before wrapping up at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Other schedule observations: The Chiefs 13 opponents in 2014 had a combined record of 117-91 in 2013. Six of their opponents (Denver, San Diego, New England, Seattle, Arizona, and San Francisco) had 9 or more wins, and 5 of them (all of those just listed except for Arizona)made the playoffs last year. Three of their opponents (New York Jets, Miami, and Pittsburgh) went 8-8 last year, leaving only 4 Chiefs opponents in 2014 (Oakland, Tennessee, St. Louis, and Buffalo) who had losing records in 2013. This will be a much tougher schedule than last year’s. In 2013, the Chiefs’ opponents had a combined record of 97-111, including 7 teams with losing records.
At first glance, it appears the toughest games will be at home against the Patriots and Seahawks, and on the road against the Broncos, Steelers, and 49ers. Who do you think will be the Chiefs’ toughest opponent in 2014?
In other news, the offseason workouts will being on Monday, April 21st (just 11 days away!). Organized team activities (OTAs) will occur May 27-29, June 3-5, and June 10-13. The mandatory mini-camp will be held June 17-19. The training camp schedule has not been released yet, but will likely begin in late July. The NFL draft will be held May 8-10, and kcchiefs.com announced that a press conference with GM John Dorsey will be held on May 2nd. Stay tuned for more details on the dates and times for this event, as well as the Chiefs regular season schedule.