The Kansas City Chiefs went 12-4 last season and won the AFC West for the first time since 2010. Can they repeat the feat? It won’t be easy.
Kansas City looks largely the same as it did coming out of the 2016 season, which ended at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs retained Eric Berry and although they lost Dontari Poe in free agency to the Atlanta Falcons, were able to replace him with Bennie Logan.
This year, Kansas City will face Pittsburgh once more, along with tough tests in the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans.
Here is how the complete schedule, week-by-week, lays out, per NFL.com:
Even with a tough schedule, the Chiefs should be able to make it back to the postseason for the third straight year. Head coach Andy Reid is yet to have a losing season in Kansas City, with his worst mark being 9-7 in 2014.
The real question is whether quarterback Alex Smith can get Kansas City to the Super Bowl. He has never thrown for 4,000 yards or 30 touchdowns, and likely won’t again despite the presence of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin. With that in mind, the Chiefs need to dominate on the defensive side of the ball, relying on Marcus Peters, Justin Houston, Chris Jones, Derrick Johnson and Berry.