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December 27, 2013

Chiefs will have a harder schedule next season

Chiefs fans better appreciate the fact their team fattened up on a weak schedule in 2013. The 2014 schedule is going to be a doozy.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs fans better appreciate the fact their team fattened up on a weak schedule in 2013.

The 2014 schedule is going to be a doozy.

Although the outcome of a couple of games will determine the second-place teams in the AFC North, here is what the Chiefs are staring at next year:.

The Chiefs will play teams from the toughest conference in the league, the NFC West, which includes games at San Francisco and Arizona and home to Seattle and St. Louis.

They also will play the AFC East, which includes New England and the New York Jets at home, and at Buffalo and Miami.

By finishing second in the AFC West, the Chiefs also will play Tennessee at home and either Baltimore or Pittsburgh on the road, depending on who finishes second in the AFC North.

And of course they’ll play home and home vs. AFC West rivals Denver, San Diego and Oakland.

Compare that schedule to the 2013 slate that included the sorry AFC South and the underachieving NFC East, not to mention games against last-place Buffalo and Cleveland.

Hard to see the Chiefs going 4-0 against the NFC West, like they did against the NFC East, and 3-1 against the AFC East, which is what they did against the AFC South this year.

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