With the release of the Kansas City Chiefs 2012 NFL schedule, it's time for some season predictions. My predictions will change roughly 800 times but here's my first shot at predicting the Chiefs entire schedule.
I have them playing a season somewhat similar to last year with lots of streaks -- both winning and losing. A 3-game losing streak in the first half of the season and somehow, someway a 6-game winning streak late in the year.
My final prediction for the Chiefs: 10-6.
My explanation for all the predictions is after the jump.
[Bold is a win | Italics is a loss]
Week 1: 9/9, Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET: These are two very similar teams so I'm going with the home team as the tiebreaker. The Falcons were sixth against the rush last year but they haven't seen the Jamaal Charles we're gonna see this season.
Week 2: 9/16, @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET: Just like last year, I'm marking this one down as a win. We know what happened last year but I think part of the reason for that game was losing two players (Tony Moeaki in the fourth preseason game and Eric Berry in Week 1) so quickly. KC rebounds and starts the season 2-0.
Week 3: 9/23, @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. ET: Even with the bounty investigation and possible suspensions, I can't see the Chiefs winning this game. The Saints are an elite organization. The Chiefs aren't. Not yet, at least. KC drops the first game of the year to move to 2-1.
Week 4: 9/30, San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m. ET: In 2010, it was the amazing punt return from Dexter McCluster. In 2011, it was the inexplicable fumble from Philip Rivers. Unfortunately, I don't see the Chiefs getting lucky again. I think they lose to the Chargers here. KC moves to 2-2.
Week 5: 10/7, Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET: Like the Saints, the Ravens may just be too good. Anything can happen on any given Sunday but I don't think the Chiefs offense is good enough (yet) to match up to the Ravens. KC moves to 2-3.
Week 6: 10/14, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET: On the road, which is tough, but I think the Chiefs win this game. They're the stronger team right now. KC moves to 3-3.
Week 7: BYE:
Week 9: 11/1, @ San Diego Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET: When was the last time the Chiefs won in San Diego? Someone tell me and post it in the comments. KC loses and moves to 4-4.
Week 10: 11/12, @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m. ET: I want to pick the Chiefs to win this game but because it's on the road I think Pittsburgh ends up winning. KC moves to 4-5 on the season.
Week 11: 11/18, Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET: The Bengals were a playoff team last year but I don't think they're making it back in 2012. The Chiefs win and move to 5-5.
Week 12: 11/25, Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. ET: You can never tell what will happen in rivalry games. The Chiefs are jacked out of this world for this game and end up winning. KC moves to 6-5.
Week 13: 12/2, Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET: Cam Newton isn't enough at Arrowhead. Chiefs win again, move to 7-5 on the season.
Week 14: 12/9, @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET: The Chiefs rushing attack keeps them competitive late in the season. Jamaal Charles goes wild and the Chiefs win. KC moves to 8-5 on the season.
Week 15: 12/16, @ Oakland Raiders, 4:15 p.m. ET: Since I'm a Chiefs fan, I'm required by law to pick the Chiefs to beat the Raiders in every game. KC wins and moves to 9-5 on the season.
Week 16: 12/23, Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET: Andrew Luck isn't enough and the Chiefs come away with a victory. KC gets closer to clinching a playoff spot at 10-5.
Week 17: 12/30, @ Denver Broncos, 4:15 p.m. ET: Peyton Manning and the Broncos need to win to get in and they end up beating the Chiefs. KC moves to 10-6 on the season but still secures a playoff spot.