The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champion after falling just short the year before, losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in 2018.
With Patrick Mahomes leading the team, the Chiefs look to be a contender for the immediate future. They were behind in every playoff game last year by at least 10 points, and yet came back to win each time by at least 10 points, including the Super Bowl in which the San Francisco 49ers were ahead by ten points late in the 4th quarter.
With no major losses coming into the new football season there’s no reason to believe the Chiefs will not make another deep playoff run, especially with Tom Brady now in the NFC with Tampa Bay. Here is how their 2020-21 football season will go.
Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs 9-10, 8:20pm est
The 2020 NFL football season kicks off on Thursday night in Kansas City, as the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs face the Texans.
The Chiefs come in pretty much the same as last year, having locked up former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes for awhile, signing him to a 10-year extension that could be as much as $503 million over the course of the now 12-year contract.
The Texans went the other direction, trading away one of the best wide receivers in the game, DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Texans 17 Season Record: 1-0
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers 9-20, 4:25pm est
The Chiefs face their first division opponent of the season when the travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. The Chargers will be starting a season without quarterback Philip Rivers under center for the first time since the 2003 season, with Rivers now starting for the Indianapolis Colts.
That leaves the starting job for either veteran Tyrod Taylor or rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who was taken with the 6th overall pick in the most recent NFL draft.
It doesn’t really matter which quarterback wins the job, neither will have enough firepower to lead the Chargers of the Chiefs.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Chargers 21 Season Record 2-0
Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens 9-28, 8:15pm est
The Chiefs first Monday night game of the year the will face the Baltimore Ravens, who many thought would challenge the Chiefs last year for the right to go to the Super Bowl before the were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
With the last two NFL MVP’s facing off in quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, this should be one of the best games of the year. One that will go down to the wire, the home field advantage should help the Ravens win a big early season showdown.
Prediction: Chiefs 32, Ravens 35 Season Record 2-1
New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs 10-4, 4:25pm est
Two years ago these teams played each other in the AFC Championship game for the right to go to the Super Bowl, in which the Patriots prevailed although the Chiefs were an off sides penalty from making their way to Mahomes first Super Bowl a year earlier than it actually happened.
Since then of course the Chiefs managed to win their own Super Bowl title, and Tom Brady left the Patriots for warmer weather in Tampa Bay. And because Bill Belichek likes to win, the brought in former NFL MVP Cam Newton in to be the starting quarterback, as long as he can get by Jarrett Stidham.
Either way, the Chiefs will be coming off of a loss, don’t expect the Chiefs to make it two in a row.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Patriots 20 Season Record 3-1
Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs 10-11, 1pm est
The Chiefs second division game will be against their long time rival Raiders, who are playing their first season in Las Vegas.
Under head coach John Gruden, the team has improved in the last couple of years, but still not enough to compete with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Raiders 21 Season Record 4-1
Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills 10-15, 8:20pm est
The Bills have been much improved over the last few years, and are expected to win the AFC East this year for the first time since the 20th century.
Unfortunately, the are not quite at the level of the Chiefs, who should continue rolling.
Prediction: Chiefs 27, Bills 24 Season Record 5-1
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos 10-25, 4:25pm est
Another game against an AFC West opponent, another win.
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Broncos 10 Season Record 6-1
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs 11-1, 1pm est
In what should be another easy game for the Chiefs, the face a Jets team who has some talented youth but still a few years away from contending.
Prediction: Chiefs 35, Jets 10 Season Record 7-1
Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs 11-8, 1pm est
The new-look Panthers come to town, with new head coach Matt Rhule taking over for Ron Rivera, who headed to the Washington team currently without a name.
They also have a new starting quarterback, with Teddy Bridgewater taking over for Cam Newton. The duo should still be able to keep the Panthers relevant, but there will be growing pains implementing a new system, which will make it tough to beat a team like Kansas City.
Prediction: Chiefs 31, Panthers 24 Season Record 8-1
Kansas City Chiefs @ Las Vegas Raiders 11-22, 8:20pm est
The Chiefs travel to Las Vegas for this Sunday night match up to get their first game at the new billion-dollar Allegiant Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, it takes more than a new stadium to win in the NFL, which the will find out here.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Raiders 20 Season Record 9-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Kansas City Chiefs 1-29, 4:25pm est
When the offseason began, this looked like an easy shootout win for the Kansas City Chiefs. Then Tom Brady decided to take his talents to Tampa Bay.
In what could be the most entertaining game of the year, look for a high scoring game led by quarterbacks Brady and Patrick Mahomes. In what could be won by the last team to have the ball, this is a can’t miss game.
Prediction: Chiefs 45, Bucs 42 Season Record 10-1
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs 12-6, 8:20pm est
In their second Sunday night game in three weeks, the Chiefs will welcome division rival Broncos to Arrowhead. After an exciting game the week before against Tampa Bay, there probably will not be as much intrigue in this one.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Broncos 13 Series Record 11-1
Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins 12-13, 1pm est
The Chiefs finish their tour of the AFC East with a game in Miami, which I am sure the Chiefs players will enjoy in the middle of December.
Throw in the fact that Miami is still in rebuilding mode and the Chiefs will have a nice pre-Christmas vacation.
Prediction: Chiefs 45, Dolphins 24 Series Record 12-1
Kansas City Chiefs @ New Orleans Saints 12-20, 4:25pm est
In another high profile game, these two Super Bowl contending teams will no doubt be fighting for the number 1 seed in their respective conferences by this point.
There may be fans in the stands by this game, which obviously helps Drew Brees and the Saints, but either way this will be a great game to watch.
Prediction: Chiefs 41, Saints 48 Season Record 12-2
Atlanta Falcons @ Kansas City Chiefs 12-27, 1pm est
The Chiefs have two games at home to finish their season, starting with a game against the Falcons. Any team with quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm is tough to beat, especially when the have a wide receiver like Julio Jones to catch passes.
Still, the Chiefs just have too much firepower for the Falcons, and should finish them easily enough.
Prediction: Chiefs 37, Falcons 28 Season Record 13-2
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs 1-3, 1pm est
Assuming that the Chiefs need this game to get the top seed in the AFC, this should be an easy game to finish off their season.
If not, then the Chargers will have a chance to steal this game, especially if rookie quarterback Justin Herbert gets a chance to play depending on how the rest of the Chargers season has gone.
Prediction: Chiefs 42, Chargers 21 Season Record 14-2
The Chiefs will have a good regular season of course, but the are no longer just playing to make the playoffs. After making the AFC Championship game two years ago, and winning it all last year, it is championship or bust as long as Patrick Mahomes is playing in Kansas City.
This will be a season unlike any other, but one thing that will be consistent is that the Chiefs will be there in the end competing for a chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls.