The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the most consistently good regular season teams in the NFL over the past few seasons, but that has not translated to success in the playoffs. The Chiefs top brass decided that it was time to make a change, and it was QB Alex Smith who was made the scapegoat for those playoff failures. Smith was shipped out to Washington, with the Chiefs then making it known that they were going to hand over the playbook to their young stud, Patrick Mahomes. This is a kid with a lot of upsides, but it’s always tough to know what to expect from a young QB in his first full season.
We will likely find out early, as the Chiefs have a brutal start to the year. Mahomes will either sink or swim early on, and his play will go a long way towards determining whether the Chiefs can pass the win total of O/U 8 games that the bookies have set for them.
Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Win/Loss Odds Prediction
Is our “offensive arsenal” the best in the NFL? 🤔
ESPN says YES. 👐
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) 11 de julio de 2018
Kansas City Chiefs Division (AFC West)
- Denver Broncos
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Oakland Raiders
- Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs 2018 Schedule
- Los Angeles Chargers (Week 1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 2)
- San Francisco 49ers (Week 3)
- Denver Broncos (Week 4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 5)
- New England Patriots (Week 6)
- Cincinnati Bengals (Week 7)
- Denver Broncos (Week 8)
- Cleveland Browns (Week 9)
- Arizona Cardinals (Week 10)
- Los Angeles Rams (Week 11)
- Bye (Week 12)
- Oakland Raiders (Week 13)
- Baltimore Ravens (Week 14)
- Los Angeles Chargers (Week 15)
- Seattle Seahawks (Week 16)
- Oakland Raiders (Week 17)
Games for Weeks 1-4
The Chiefs start out with a couple of road games and will probably be happy with a split. They have what looks to be a winnable game in Week 1 away at the Chargers but could be in trouble the following week at Heinz Field versus the Steelers, a team they always struggle against. The next two are tricky, but I can see the Chiefs taking care of the 49ers at home before losing to the Denver Broncos on the road in Week 4. They look to be 2-2 at this point, which would not be awful given that schedule.
Games for Weeks 5-8
The next two weeks are incredibly tough for the Chiefs, and it would not be surprising to see them fall to back to back losses. The Jaguars come to town in Week 5, after which a trip to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots. The good news is that the schedule really starts to turn in the favor of the Chiefs after those games, with the Cincinnati Bengals up next, a very winnable game for KC. I also like them to win the return game at home versus the Broncos, taking the Chiefs to 4-4 at the midway point of the season.
Games for Weeks 9-13
I like the Chiefs to get over the .500 mark with a win on the road over the Cleveland Browns in Week 9, followed by another win, this time over the Arizona Cardinals the following week. Week 11 will see the Chiefs head to Mexico City to face the LA Rams in what is likely to be a losing battle.
They will get the bye the following week, followed by a trip to Oakland to face the Raiders, which I also see as a loss. With 4 games left in the season, I have the Chiefs sitting at 6-6.
Games for Weeks 14-17
The Chiefs have the opportunity to finish strong, with 3 of their final 4 games all played at Arrowhead Stadium. Let’s give them the win in Week 14 over the Ravens, with another win coming over the Charger at home the following week. The Seahawks may take a step back this season, but will still be tough to be at home, which is why I have the Chiefs losing in the penultimate game of the season before beating the Raiders at Arrowhead in the final week. I have the Chiefs at 9-7, slightly OVER the 8 game win total.