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Chiefs will study AFC West and early opponents during next week of offseason practice

Updated: 2013-05-24T14:30:58Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

When the Chiefs return for the start of another practice week on Tuesday, some of their work will specifically be dedicated to their rivals in the AFC West and other early-season opponents.

“There will be enough in there where we study them and we give enough of a heads-up so when we go into the offseason and training camp that we’ve got an idea of what they’ve got going,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “Some of them are new staffs so you don’t know what you’re going to be up against.’’

Teams usually don’t spend much time on matching up with strengths and weaknesses of specific opponents at least until training camp. But Reid indicated he believed it would help the Chiefs to at least start to get familiar with the Raiders, Broncos, Chargers and some of the early-season opponents.

The Chiefs will see plenty of new early in the season. Their opening-game opponent, Jacksonville, has a new coach in Gus Bradley.

The Chiefs will face the Cowboys, who have a new defensive coordinator in Monte Kiffin, the following week. The third game sends the Chiefs to Philadelphia, where Reid matches up with his successor, Chip Kelly, another first-year head coach.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs don’t face an AFC West rival until they’ve already played five games. Oakland comes to Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 13.

That’s the only AFC West opponent the Chiefs will face in the first nine weeks. But five of their last seven games are against division opponents.

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