The most important stages of the regular season
The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2021 schedule was released Wednesday night and there were a number of interesting things to take away from the schedule.
A tough opening stretch
Four of Kansas City’s first five games include the Cleveland Browns (Week 1), Baltimore Ravens (Week 2), LA Chargers (Week 3) and Buffalo Bills (Week 5). The Chiefs will have their hands full from the start, but Kansas City is also taking a break from facing these teams before they find a rhythm. Over the past two seasons, Cleveland has lost its opener of the year by blowouts. In 2019, the Titans beat the Browns 43-13 and in 2020, Baltimore dominated Cleveland in a 38-6 victory.
In Week 4, the Chiefs will have a chance to catch their breath when the team visits the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Chiefs find a way to win all of those games, you could see Kansas City ramp up and win its first eight games.
Branded Matchups and Primetime Games
Unsurprisingly, the Chiefs will take part in five prime-time contests and a number of games that will be fan-favorite games in the 2021 season.
- Week 2 at Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night football on NBC
- Week 5 vs. Buffalo Bills on Sunday night football on NBC
- Week 8 against the New York Giants on Monday night football on ESPN
- Week 10 at Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night football on NBC
- Week 15 at Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night football on FOX / NFL Network
Outside of those prime-time games, the two the Chiefs absolutely should win come against the Raiders and Giants. Las Vegas’ exhausted offensive line and lack of competent defense should be easy for Kansas City. The Giants are a very inconsistent team and quarterback Daniel Jones lacks the capacity to keep up with the Chiefs’ electrifying offense.
Baltimore and Buffalo are both considered the biggest threats for Kansas City in the AFC. However, in recent clashes, the Chiefs have been able to handle both teams in a comfortable manner. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are 0-3 against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs despite the game being labeled a rivalry. Meanwhile, Buffalo was chosen by many last season to dethrone the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, but after losing 10-0, the Chiefs went 38-14 in the final three quarters of the game. .
The Ravens addressed their lack of weapons with the additions of Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman, hoping Jackson would take the next step in his game to become a more proficient passer. The Bills focused on the defensive end of the ball as they drafted two passing passes in the draft with defensive end caps Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham. The Bills also have enough firepower to trade punches with the Chiefs with Josh Allen under center and Stefon Diggs on the outside.
In Week 15, the Chiefs travel to Los Angeles to face Justin Herbert and the Chargers. This offseason, the Chargers tackled their offensive line problem with the acquisition of center Corey Linsley and drafted Rashawn Slater 13th overall. Los Angeles have all-field talent on both sides of the ball, and they should be Kansas City’s main threat in the AFC West.
Non-Primetime games to watch
In addition to these games, there are a few games that will be highly regarded that are not in prime time. The first of those games takes place in Week 9 when the Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead. Depending on what’s going on with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers front office, this will be the first time Patrick Mahomes and Rodgers face each other. Kansas City faced Green Bay on October 27, 2019, but Mahomes was unable to play due to a knee injury. Rodgers would claim a 31-24 victory over the Chiefs. The Chiefs and Packers each have the best offenses in the league, and both teams should be able to get up and down the pitch all day in a high-profile game.
Week 11 will be another fireworks occasion when Kansas City plays host to the Dallas Cowboys on November 21. Last offseason, Mahomes was awarded a contract that will pay him $ 45 million per year. Dak Prescott was paid a salary this offseason with a 4-year, $ 160 million contract that will pay the 27-year-old quarterback about $ 40 million per season. Both teams pride themselves on the offensive side of the ball and should be a game that will surpass the top / bottom.
Chef calendar overview
Overall, the Chiefs’ 2021 schedule must be seen as one that will certainly bring tough opponents and electrifying games. However, Kansas City is generally expected to win more than 12 games each season as long as Mahomes is under center. The toughest part of the season is those early weeks, as the Chiefs face four AFC teams with the ability to give them an early loss.
Looking at the schedule, Weeks 6-11 are a series of games where the Chiefs can get four to five wins. Three of those games during this period are against the Washington football team, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. All three are from the NFC East and they don’t fit the Chiefs particularly well. Kansas City welcomes Green Bay in a game that could end up going both ways, and will be the game the Chiefs are most likely to lose in this streak.
Kansas City should be able to come out on top against the Titans and Raiders as the two teams don’t have much firepower. The Titans lost offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to Atlanta and failed to add weapons around Ryan Tannehill after losing Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith in free agency. Tennessee will depend heavily on Derrick Henry and AJ Brown on the offensive end of the ball. Las Vegas will be a team that struggles this year, and we could see the Derek Carr-Jon Gruden duo end in Vegas after this season.
The Chiefs’ 2021 season schedule isn’t too tough, but there will be challenges throughout the season that could give Kansas City a hiccup or two.