Despite winning it all last season, Kansas City will enter the 2020 campaign tied for just the18th toughest schedule (.500) in the league. The AFC West plays non-division games against the AFC East and NFC South this season and that means the Chiefs will face a trio of teams in those divisions that reached the playoffs last season (New England, Buffalo, New Orleans). With that thought in mind, let’s find out what lies ahead for the explosive Super Bowl champions in each and every game on their 2020 docket and what their NFL odds are.
NFL Kansas City Chiefs Calendar Analysis
Unlike many Super Bowl champions in recent history, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4 SU, 10-5-1 ATS) will have one of the best chances to repeat as league champs when the 2020 NFL regular season gets underway, with or without live fans in attendance. You see, one year after winning a dozen games en route to their first Super Bowl title of the Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid era, Kansas City not only looks poised to challenge for this coming season’s Super Bowl, but for years to come!
Sept. 10: vs. Texans
The Houston Texans will want to redeem themselves after their embarrassing, season-ending 51-31 blowout loss at the hands of the Chiefs in the wild card round last season, but it’s not happening as Houston is asking superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson to do a bit too much in 2020. Win
Sept. 20: at Chargers
Tyrod Taylor won’t turn the ball over in this AFC West matchup, but he’s also not going to be able to put enough points on the board to keep pace with the high-scoring Chiefs. Win.
Sept. 28: at Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens won a league-high 14 games last season and they look poised to be legitimate contenders for Super Bowl berths for the next decade under Lamar Jackson, but I’m expecting this week 3 showdown to turn out eerily similar to Kansas City’s 33-28 home win against Baltimore in Week 2 a year ago. Despite being on the road, Kansas City wins a barn-burner. Win.
Oct. 4: vs. Patriots
With Tom Brady leading them, the New England Patriots fell to Kansas City 23-16 in Week 14 last season. Without Brady, this one could get ugly early on. Kansas City cruises to victory over a patriots team that looks nothing like they did under the GOAT. Win.
Oct. 11: vs. Raiders
Yes, the Raiders added speed, youth and talent this offseason, but there’s still the fact that they have what looks like a pair of average quarterbacks under center in Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. The Kansas City Chiefs makes it six straight wins in this AFC West rivalry. Win.
Oct. 15: at Bills
While Buffalo owns one of the best defenses in the league and finished the 2019 campaign ranked second in points allowed (16.2 ppg), I’m still not convinced that Josh Allen is ever going to be able to elite – or accurate – from the pocket. I’m going with Kansas City in a relatively low-scoring affair. Win.
Oct. 25: at Broncos
While I’m not expecting Denver to be nearly as good as Kansas City in 2020, I’m thinking Kansas City will be just abut ‘due’ for a head-scratching loss. Drew Lock shows all of his vast potential in this one and Denver’s defense plays out of its collective mind. Loss.
Nov. 1: vs. Jets
Please, wake me when this one is over. I’ll be completely stunned if Kansas City doesn’t have this game well in hand by the time halftime rolls around. Win.
Nov. 8: vs. Panthers
I love Carolina’s additions of head coach Matt Rhule, quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and P.J. Walker and draft picks Derrick Brown and Yetur Gross-Matos, but I expect it will be another year or two before the Panthers start challenging for something meaningful. Win.
Nov. 15: Bye
Nov. 22: at Raiders
Did I mention the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs has won 11 of the last 12 meetings against the Raiders? I expect Las Vegas to put up a real fight in this Week 11 matchup, but in the end, I’m going with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to get it done. Win.
Nov. 29: at Buccaneers
While I believe that Tampa Bay is seriously over hyped at this point, seeing as how they’ve yet to play a single game under Tom Brady, I am going with the Bucs to get the huge upset win at home, mostly because the Chiefs will be ‘due’ for another loss. And no, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t my pick to win the NFC in 2020, just so you know. Loss.
Dec. 6: vs. Broncos
The Denver Broncos are going to pay big for their Week 6 upset loss against the Broncos. Enough said. Win.
Dec. 13: at Dolphins
While I love the way Miami is rebuilding their franchise and I believe Tua Tagovailoa has a ton of star potential, the Fins aren’t nearly ready to pull off this late season upset, particularly with the Chiefs locked in on hitting the playoffs with momentum. Win.
Dec. 20: at Saints
There aren’t many quarterbacks in the game that are as good or better than Patrick Mahomes, but future Hall of Famer Drew Brees still is. With the Saints playing at home and focused, New Orleans wins a barn-burner. Loss.
Dec. 27: vs. Falcons
I like Matt Ryan and the Falcons to put at least 28 points on the board in this matchup. Too bad it won’t be enough as the Chiefs put up at least 30 in a matchup that looks like a shootout waiting to happen to me. Win.
Jan. 3: vs. Chargers
Justin Herbert will likely have replaced Tyrod Taylor by this point for the Chargers, but that’s also why Kansas City will win this season-ending division rivalry matchup as Chris Jones gets after the talented, but raw rookie. Win.
Overall Analysis and Prediction
While three of Kansas City’s first four games are against teams that made the playoffs last season, I’m expecting both, Houston and New England to take significant steps backwards in 2020. After getting off to a fast, 6-0 start, I’ve got Kansas City getting upset in Denver before ripping off three more wins before falling again at Tampa Bay against Tom Brady and the new-look Buccaneers. Despite losing at New Orleans in week 15, I’ve got Kansas City closing out the season with a pair of confidence-boosting wins against the Falcons and division rival Chargers to finish with 13 victories and the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
2020 Prediction: 13-3