2014 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview and Schedule
The Kansas City Chiefs may not have ended the season the way they would have liked, but the trip to the playoffs was an unexpected thrill ride for Chiefs fans that they won’t soon forget. The Chief won their first nine games of the season before losing to the Broncos on November 17, eventually making it into the playoffs behind an 11-5 record. The wild-card round game against the Colts was the most exciting game of the 2014 postseason, but culminated in a Colts 45-44 victory. The Chiefs went up 38-10 in the third quarter after Knile Davis scored his second rushing TD of the night, but Andrew Luck led a furious comeback that ended with a 64-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton.
The Chiefs, led by resurgent QB Alex Smith, will be looking to get off to a fast start once again behind a balanced rush and passing attack. Jamaal Charles has established himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL. The former Longhorn had another 1287 yards and 12 TDs in 2013, and Smith is more than happy to run the ball when necessary. On the passing side, Dwayne Bowe will need to improve on a season where he seemed out of sorts and was no longer the leading receiver on the squad.
Most of the new additions in the offseason were on the defensive side, including LB Joe Mays and S Husain Abdullah. Vance Walker was added via a three-year deal to bolster the defensive line. The biggest loss will undoubtedly be Tackle Brenden Albert, who signed a $47 million contract with the Dolphins in March. The Pro-Bowler spearheaded the rushing attack and Charles may not have the same holes to run through in 2014. Dexter McCluster also left in March, signing a three-year deal to play for the Titans.
The Chiefs will have some big-time opponents come into Arrowhead in 2014, including the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks. The vaunted Seattle defense will be a good test of Smith’s ability to move the ball in his second year as Chiefs field general. The Patriots will also be in KC this season, and any time a QB of Tom Brady’s caliber comes into town you know the defense is in for a long afternoon. Also traveling to Kansas City will be the Jets, Titans, Rams and divisional opponents.
The Chiefs will head to every corner of the country throughout the 2014 season, with stops in Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Arizona and San Francisco. The 49ers will be opening their brand new stadium, and have a lot to prove after falling just short in the NFC Championship Game in 2013. The games against the Broncos will be crucial once again, especially with Denver adding a myriad of top free agents to an already-stacked team.
The Chiefs were an unexpected success in 2013, but teams won’t be underestimating them this time around. Smith, Charles and Bowe will all need to get even better if they want to get over the hump that is the Denver Broncos in 2014.
September 7 vs. Tennessee Titans
September 14 at Denver Broncos
September 21 at Miami Dolphins
September 29 vs. New England Patriots
October 5 at San Francisco 49ers
October 19 at San Diego Chargers
October 27 vs. Saint Louis Rams
November 2 vs. New York Jets
November 9 at Buffalo Bills
November 16 vs. Seattle Seahawks
November 20 at Oakland Raiders
November 30 vs. Denver Broncos
December 7 at Arizona Cardinals
December 14 vs. Oakland Raiders
December 21 at Pittsburgh Steelers
December 28 vs. San Diego Chargers