In my previous post, I took a look at the Chiefs first half of the season and gave my predictions, which included the Chiefs going 7-1, with their only loss coming at Green Bay. The second half features one more primetime game and 5 divisional matchups. Here is how I think they will finish the season, including whether they make the playoffs:
Week 10 (3:25 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15), at Denver Broncos:
KC has not won in Denver since 2012. Peyton Manning, who I think will retire after 2015, will get his last shot at the Chiefs and will go down a winner, although I doubt the Broncos make the playoffs. Broncos win 35-24.
Week 11 (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22), at San Diego Chargers:
This will be the third primetime game of the season for the Chiefs as they face an AFC West foe for the second straight week. The Chargers might be looking for revenge after losing 2 straight to the Chiefs, but with Phillip Rivers potentially retiring or leaving the team after 2015, I think the Chargers will also regress in 2015, giving the Chiefs another road victory, 34-27.
Week 12 (noon, Sunday, Nov. 29), versus Buffalo Bills:
Much has been written about these two teams’ history lately since they have played each other the previous 7 seasons. The Bills have been on the rise and look to be even tougher in 2015, but I think the Chiefs will have Arrowhead magic on their side since this will be only the 4th true home game of the season. Chiefs win 28-17.
Week 13 (3:05 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6), at Oakland Raiders:
The Raiders have been making some offseason moves that could significantly impact their team: they signed WR Michael Crabtree, RB Trent Richardson, QB Christian Ponder, RB Roy Helu Jr., and former Chief C Rodney Hudson. Derek Carr will no longer be a rookie, and with the recent spat between the Royals and A’s, I think Oakland will be very motivated to beat KC. I think the Chiefs slip up and lose 20-17 for only their third loss of the season.
Week 14 (noon, Sunday, Dec. 13), versus San Diego Chargers:
At this point in the season, I think the Chargers will be imploding and fans will be calling for Mike McCoy to be fired. Arrowhead will prove to be too much for Phillip Rivers and the Chiefs get back to their winning ways 28-20.
Week 15 (noon, Sunday, Dec. 20), at Baltimore Ravens:
The Ravens have drafted well over the years but did not make many significant offseason moves. Couple that with the fact that the Ravens will have played the Seahawks in the week prior to this game, and the Chiefs have a good chance for another road win. I think the Chiefs squeak out a win in overtime, 30-27.
Week 16 (noon, Sunday, Dec. 27), versus Cleveland Browns:
The Browns can change uniform colors all they want but they are still the Browns. The Chiefs will feast on this team in front of 80,000 fans, winning 28-10 and clinching a playoff spot, which will be a nice Christmas present for fans.
Week 17 (noon, Sunday, Jan. 3), versus Oakland Raiders:
The Chiefs will be looking to avenge their earlier loss to the Raiders, and also hoping to clinch home field advantage in the playoffs. Chiefs prevail despite sitting Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles and win 24-21.
Based on these predictions, I have the Chiefs going 13-3, losing only to the Packers, Broncos and Raiders. I think they can make the AFC Championship game, where they will lose to the Colts. I can’t wait to see who the Chiefs draft! Let’s go Chiefs!