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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs schedule designed for a playoff chase

04/24/2013 8:14 AM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

While waiting for the Branden Albert situation to play itself out one way or another and the draft that wouldn’t arrive to finally arrive, here are some thoughts on the Chiefs schedule that was announced last week.

It’s about as favorable a schedule as the Chiefs could ask for. The game at Jacksonville is about as easy a road assignment to begin a season that any team could ask for.

Of course, the Jaguars are also looking at this game as a way to get their season off to a strong start, but at last check the Chiefs were 2½-point favorites, so that’s a game they should win.

If they do, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be at least 4-4 at the season’s midway point. After Jacksonville, the Chiefs play five of their next seven games at Arrowhead Stadium, so 4-4 is a reasonable goal.

The schedule gets more difficult from there, so the Chiefs will need to get off to a fast start if they’re going to be a part of the playoff chase. Fortunately for them, they have a scheduled that’s designed to allow them to do that.

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