When the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs regular season schedule was announced on Wednesday, coach Reid said, “This allows us to get started preparing for our opponents in the order we play them."
Kansas City's eight road opponents on this year's schedule, previewed below, combined for a 40-24 record at home in 2013.
Week 2 - Denver Broncos (7-1 at home in 2013 regular season)
The Chiefs get their first AFC West matchup in Week 2, traveling to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to face the 2013 AFC Champion Denver Broncos. Following Denver's loss to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos added threats on both sides of the ball, including WR Emmanuel Sanders, who replaces WR Eric Decker (signed with the New York Jets) and DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib and SS T.J. Ward. The team, no doubt, is led by future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, who is 5-0, when playing against the Chiefs at home.
The Chiefs are 20-35, when playing the Broncos in Denver, with their last win coming on Jan. 1, 2012 (7-3).
Week 3 - Miami Dolphins (4-4 at home in 2013 regular season)
On the back end of its two-game road trip, the Chiefs travel to South Beach for a Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins and former LT Branden Albert. The Chiefs left tackle will be
The Dolphins leading tacklers in 2013, LB Philip Wheeler (118) and S Reshad Jones (107), return in 2014.
The Chiefs are 6-11 against the Dolphins in Miami.
Week 5 - San Francisco 49ers (6-2 at home in 2013 regular season)
Much of the 49ers team that advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season is back in '14, headlined by QB Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 3,197 yards and 21 TDs in 2013. San Francisco's defense led the league in 2013, allowing just 205.8 ypg (avg.), spearheaded by LBs NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, who combined for 249 total tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Chiefs fifth-career road game (4-1) against San Francisco will take place at the 49ers new home, Levi's Stadium.
Week 7- San Diego Chargers (5-3 at home in 2013 regular season)
Andy Reid’s teams have had success coming out of the Bye Week in the past; Reid owns a 13-2 all-time record, following the off week. The Chiefs fresh legs will hopefully help, facing another tough divisional opponent, the San Diego Chargers. Last season, the Chargers swept the season series, led by QB Philip Rivers and the league's fifth-best offense in 2013. The RB duo of Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead combined for 1,684 yards and eight rushing TDs, last season. TE Antonio Gates returns for his 12th NFL season, after leading the team with 77 catches in 2013.
Chargers safeties Marcus Gilchrist and Eric Weddle return to the secondary in 2014, after each posted two INTs in 2013.
In road games, against the Chargers, the Chiefs are 21-32-1. Kansas City's last win in San Diego came in the 2007 season (30-16).
Week 10 - Buffalo Bills (4-4 at home in 2013 regular season)
Fresh off a two-game home stand at Arrowhead, the Chiefs head east to face the Buffalo Bills in a Week 10 matchup at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kansas City topped Buffalo last season, facing backup QB Jeff Tuel, who replaced injured QB EJ Manuel. Whoever is under center for the Bills in Week 10, the offensive weapons are back, led by RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, who helped the team produce the league's second-best rushing attack in 2013 (144.2 ypg avg.).
Second-year star LB Kiko Alonso highlights the Bills defense, following his 87 tackles, 72 assists, two sacks, four INTs, four PBUs, one QB hurry, 11 TFLs, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2013.
The Chiefs are 2-10 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Week 12 - Oakland Raiders (3-5 at home in 2013 regular season)
Two words: Raider Week. The bitter AFC West rivalry continues, when the Chiefs return to the "Black Hole" in Oakland on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. It's the Chiefs first trip back to Oakland since
However, the Chiefs will see a new-look Raiders team in 2014, thanks to additions such as QB Matt Schaub, DE Justin Tuck, LB LaMarr Woodley, RB Maurice Jones-Drew and WR James Jones.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith also posted a memorable outing in the last year's road win against the Silver and Black, completing 17 of 20 passes for 287 yards with five TDs and no interceptions, good for a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Smith is 4-0 against the Raiders, 1-0 on the road.
Kansas City is 28-27-1 against the Raiders, when playing away from Arrowhead.
Week 14 - Arizona Cardinals (6-2 at home in 2013 regular season)
The Chiefs begin the month of December with a road test against the Arizona Cardinals. It's year two of the Cardinals, under head coach Bruce Arians and QB Carson Palmer, who threw for 4,274 yards and 24 TDs in 2013. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald looks to be as good as ever, following last year's team-leading 82 receptions and 10 TDs. The Cards defense is highlighted by S Tyrann Mathieu and CB Patrick Peterson, who recorded 42 tackles in 2013.
Facing the Cardinals in Arizona, the Chiefs are 4-2, with their last win coming in 2006 (23-20).
Week 16 - Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3 at home in 2013 regular season)
The final Chiefs road contest of the regular season is in the Steel City for a Week 16 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs will once again face their former head coach, Todd Haley, who currently serves as the Steelers offensive coordinator. Kansas City's last visit in the regular season to Heinz Field ended in defeat as the Haley-led Steelers offense topped Kansas City, 16-13, in 2012. As for the current Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid has faced the Steelers four times in his career (1-3).
Kansas City is 4-9 overall, when playing in Pittsburgh.
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