Kansas City Chiefs schedule this week
Week 2 — @ Baltimore Ravens (SNF)
|Sunday, Sept. 19||8:20 PM||NBC|
- Spread: Chiefs -3.5
- Moneyline: Ravens +165; Chiefs -200
- Over/under: 54.5
- Sportsnaut prediction: Chiefs 35, Ravens 27
Baltimore’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in the season opener exposed some major flaws that Kansas City should be able to take advantage of in Week 2. Without Marcus Peters (ACL) in the mix, Derek Carr threw for north of 400 yards. Now, imagine what Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill will be able to do here. Go with the road team in a high-scoring affair.
Kansas City Chiefs schedule predictions, roster outlook
- The Kansas City Chiefs schedule for the 2021 NFL season starts out like gangbusters with games against conference title contenders in that of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
- The two-time defending AFC champions, led by Patrick Mahomes, must also contend with teams like the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.
- Sportsnaut predicts that the Chiefs will finish with a 15-2 record.
Chiefs’ roster outlook
- QB — Patrick Mahomes
- RB — Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Jerick McKinnon
- WR — Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle
- TE — Travis Kelce, Blake Bell
- Defense — The Chiefs are not ranked among NFL defenses this week.
Kansas City Chiefs schedule predictions
Week 1 — Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Cleveland Browns at home, 33-29
- When: Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 PM on CBS
- Spread: Chiefs -6.0
- Moneyline: Browns +230; Chiefs -270
- Sportsnaut prediction: Chiefs 31, Browns 27
For a while in Week 1, it looked like Kansas City was going to drop its season opener in front of the team’s home crowd. That’s until the dynamic duo of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill came to play. Overcoming a double-digit deficit the two connected 11 times for 197 yards, including this 75-yard game-changing touchdown.
Week 3 — vs. Los Angeles Chargers
|Sunday, Sept. 26||1:00 PM||CBS|
In his first NFL action back in Week 2 of the 2020 season, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert almost knocked off Kansas City. They lost by the score of 23-20 at home. This set the stage for a surprisingly competitive Los Angeles team under the rookie quarterback. Don’t expect that to change in 2021. It will also lead to a narrow early-season home loss.
- Week 3 prediction: Chiefs 27, Chargers 23
Week 4 — @ Philadelphia Eagles
|Sunday, Oct. 3||1:00 PM||CBS|
The two-time reigning AFC champions aren’t going to be defeated on the road against these Eagles. It’s just not happening. Dream on, Philadelphia, because Jalen Hurts isn’t winning a head-to-head duel with Patrick Mahomes.
- Week 4 prediction: Chiefs 38, Eagles 23
Week 5 — vs. Buffalo Bills (SNF)
|Sunday, Oct. 10||8:20 PM||NBC|
A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, we’re pretty darn sure Buffalo is going to want to make a statement in Arrowhead come Week 5. Unfortunately, I am just not seeing how its defense is going to be able to stop Patrick Mahomes and Co. The Chiefs improved their offensive line big time during the offseason after that unit failed them during the Super Bowl. That will be the biggest difference in this high-scoring affair and potential championship game preview.
- Week 5 prediction: Chiefs 35, Bills 31
Week 6 — @ Washington Football Team
|Sunday, Oct. 17||1:00 PM||CBS|
Upset alert. Washington has the talent at all three tiers on defense to be able to pull off what would be one of the biggest statements of the 2021 NFL season. Primarily, its ability to go sideline-to-sideline should help against the likes of Tyreek Hill. Playing ball control offense against a Chiefs defense that gave up nearly 2,000 rushing yards a season ago will also help matters in this regard.
- Week 6 prediction: Washington 24, Chiefs 21
Week 7 — @ Tennessee Titans
|Sunday, Oct. 24||1:00 PM||CBS|
The Titans have hung around in games with the Kansas City Chiefs before, but this is different. Even with Tennessee’s additions to the front seven, the moves Kansas City made to upgrade its offensive line are superior. Patrick Mahomes will have a clean pocket a lot more this season and in matchups like this one, he’ll dominate.
- Week 7 prediction: Chiefs 28, Titans 20
Week 8 — vs. New York Giants (MNF)
|Monday, Nov. 1||8:15 PM||ESPN|
The Chiefs’ defense isn’t that great, and if Saquon Barkley can help the Giants establish the run, they have a chance to hang tough with Kansas City, at least to a point. Alas, Mahomes is just too good to allow his team to lose at Arrowhead Stadium against such an inferior foe.
- Week 8 prediction: Chiefs 35, Giants 20
Week 9 — vs. Green Bay Packers
|Sunday, Nov. 7||4:25 PM||FOX|
Even if Aaron Rodgers were to play at a high level, I can’t see the Packers winning against Kansas City at Arrowhead. There’s just too many weapons for them to contend with. In what should be a higher-scoring affair, I have the Chiefs coming out on top by multiple scores.
- Week 9 prediction: Chiefs 35, Packers 24
Week 10 — @ Las Vegas Raiders (SNF)
|Sunday, Nov. 14||8:20 PM||NBC|
We have to give Las Vegas credit for sticking with the Chiefs in their two games a season ago. That included Kansas City coming out on 40-32 in Week 5 and winning by the score of 35-31 in Sin City in Week 11. The one common theme here? These Raiders just can’t stop Patrick Mahomes. Over the course of his career, he has accounted for 2,000 yards with 17 touchdowns against three interceptions in six starts against Vegas.
- Week 10 prediction: Chiefs 31, Raiders 27
Week 11 — vs. Dallas Cowboys
|Sunday, Nov. 21||4:25 PM||FOX|
While matchups between great quarterbacks are fun, they become a little less interesting in games like this. The Chiefs’ roster is superior to what Dallas will throw out on the field, even if everyone is healthy. Patrick Mahomes will carve the Cowboys’ defense to shreds and this one might be over by halftime.
- Week 11 prediction: Chiefs 35, Cowboys 24
WEEK 12 BYE
Week 13 — vs. Denver Broncos
|Sunday, Dec. 5||1:00 PM||CBS|
Kansas City has outscored Denver 118-41 in their past four outings, winning each one. There’s not much more that can be said here. Patrick Mahomes and Co. will dominate.
- Week 13 prediction: Chiefs 31, Broncos 17
Week 14 — vs. Las Vegas Raiders
|Sunday, Dec. 12||1:00 PM||CBS|
There’s certainly a theme in play here. These Raiders should be able to score points against Kansas City. In fact, they averaged 33.5 points per in two outings versus the Chiefs in 2020. That came after Vegas dropped 19 total point in two games against the Chiefs in 2019. Even with this improved offense, the Raiders’ defense will prevent a season split.
- Week 14 prediction: Chiefs 41, Raiders 27
Week 15 — @ Los Angeles Chargers (TNF)
|Thursday, Dec. 16||8:15 PM||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
As noted above, Herbert seemingly plays the Chiefs well. While Mahomes was sitting for Week 17’s matchup a season ago, Los Angeles dropped 38 points against the Chiefs. I am fully expecting the Chargers to earn a season split with their superior divisional foe.
- Week 15 prediction: Chargers 28, Chiefs 24
Week 16 — vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
|Sunday, Dec. 26||4:25 PM||CBS|
There will be plenty of moments in 2021 when Pittsburgh’s defense looks great, creating turnovers and getting to the quarterback. Against Patrick Mahomes and a vastly improved offensive line, that won’t be the case. This could be one of those matchups that is decided by halftime, with the Steelers only making it look closer than it was at the end.
- Week 16 prediction: Chiefs 28, Steelers 17
Week 17 — @ Cincinnati Bengals
|Sunday, Jan. 2||1:00 PM||CBS|
The Chiefs just completely overhauled their offensive line that got overwhelmed in the Super Bowl. That’s bad news for the Bengals’ defensive front. They have no hope of stopping Patrick Mahomes and Co.
- Week 17 prediction: Chiefs 31, Bengals 27
Week 18 — @ Denver Broncos
|Sunday, Jan. 9||4:25 PM||CBS|
See Week 13.
- Week 18 prediction: Chiefs 24, Broncos 13