Kansas City Chiefs

Can Kansas City Chiefs go undefeated?

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) talks with coach Andy Reid during the NFL AFC game between the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. An undefeated Kansas City won 23-17 making their record 8-0. Photographer: William Purnell/Icon Sportswire
(William Purnell/Icon Sportswire)

OK, the Kansas City Chiefs deserve this treatment.

They are the NFL’s last undefeated team. So, they get to endure the 16-0 talk. Should the geezers from the 1972 Miami Dolphins get nervous? Oh, probably not. The old Dolphins will likely be able to gloat and pop their champagne soon enough.

But, the truth is, the Chiefs are not 5-0 by mistake. They look dominant on offense, defense and special teams. Also, Andy Reid is a monster of a head coach. They are 5-0 because they earned it. They have some nice wins as well, including over New England, Philadelphia, Washington and Houston. All four of those teams are playoff contenders. The Chiefs have six home games remaining.

So, let’s look at the rest of the Kansas City schedule and see what is in store:

Week 6

Opponent: Pittsburgh

Threat level (on a scale of 1-5 with five being most difficult): 2.                                                                              Prediction: The Chiefs are riding high and the Steelers are floundering after a home loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. This is a going to be a difficult place for the Steelers to win. Expect the Chiefs try to pounce on Ben Roethlisberger, who is struggling. Chiefs go to 6-0.

Week 7

Opponent: At Oakland

Threat level: 3.

Prediction: If the Raiders beat the Chargers, which is expected, this will not be an easy game for Kansas City on a short. The Thursday game usually favors the home team. Let’s see how Oakland quarterback Derek Carr comes out of the Chargers’ game. He missed last week with a back injury. If Carr is healthy and the Raiders win, the Chiefs will have to scramble to win this game. Still, they have had the Raiders’ number. They win a close one to go to 7-0.

Week 8

Opponent: Denver

Threat level: 3.

Prediction: It’s important that the Chiefs will be well rested for Denver, which always plays the Chiefs tough. But, in this exercise, with the Chiefs being 7-0, no way will the good vibes end at home. The Chiefs go to 8-0.

Week 9

Opponent: At Dallas

Threat level: 4.

Prediction: Who knows what’s going on with the Cowboys, who are dealing with the Jerry Jones’ National Anthem drama. But it should be settled down by then. This is where the Chiefs suffer their first defeat. They will be emotionally drained after several tough games, and Dallas is a tough place to win at. Plus, going 16-0 is nearly impossible. It was a great run but Chiefs fall to 8-1.

Week 11

Opponent: At New York Giants

Threat level: 2.

Prediction: The Chiefs will be testy coming out of their bye and steamroll the Giants. They go to 9-1.

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) celebrates his 2-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of a week 2 NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on September 17th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 27-20. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Week 12

Opponent: Buffalo

Threat level: 2.

Prediction: It will be the first time the Chiefs are home in four weeks. The Bills are a lesser opponent. It will be a Thanksgiving weekend party at Arrowhead. Chiefs roll to 10-1.

Week 13

Opponent: At New York Jets

Threat level: 2.

Prediction: The Jets are better than expected, but the bubble will pop. The Chiefs are too good. The Chiefs go to 11-1.

Week 14

Opponent: Oakland

Threat level: 3.

Prediction: I’m tempted to say the Raiders will win this game. But they have to show they can beat the Chiefs at home before we pick them to win in Kansas City. They win a close one to go to 12-1.

Week 15

Opponent: Los Angeles Chargers

Threat level: 1.

Prediction: The Chargers aren’t going to get in the Chiefs’ way in December. Chiefs go to 13-1.

Week 16

Opponent: Miami

Threat level: 1.

Prediction: The Dolphins won’t ruin the Chiefs’ Christmas. Chiefs go to 14-1.

Week 17

Opponent: At Denver

Threat level: 4.

Prediction: The Broncos may be playing for a wild-card berth and the Chiefs will have the AFC home-field advantage wrapped up. It may be a Patrick Mahomes day on New Year’s Eve in Denver. They drop to 14-2 and feel fine about it.

Conclusion: It’s a tough remaining schedule. There are some tough road dates, but the Chiefs also have key home dates late in the season. A 14-2 season wouldn’t be too bad for Reid’s team, would it?


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