The Kansas City Chiefs are five games into the season sitting at 2-3 and we haven't even hit what we think is the hardest part of the schedule. That would be Week 11-15 when the Chiefs play the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.
Quite the stretch, to say the least.
That's why this next stretch of four games is very important for the Chiefs. If they're going to have any sort of momentum headed into murderer's row in late November and early December, they'll need to win maybe all four of these upcoming games.
Those next four games are against the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. In my mind, the Chiefs are capable of winning all those games. Of course, we've seen two different Chiefs teams show up this year so we're not really sure which one we'll get.
Usually for the Chiefs, it comes down to how well the offense can play. The defense has been consistent, for the most part, dating back to the start of the 2010 season. The good news is that three of the next four games are against teams with defenses ranked in the lower third of the league -- Raiders (28th), Dolphins (24th) and Broncos (30th). The fourth team not listed, the Chargers, are a team we know KC can hang with.
So I'm holding out some hope over the next month. Obviously the biggest one comes a week from Sunday when they travel to the Blackhole. If they can just squeak out a win there, then momentum is on their side heading into what might be the biggest game of the year, against San Diego on Halloween night.