Analyzing the Kansas City Chiefs' 2015 Schedule

The Kansas City Chiefs' 2015 schedule has officially been announced.

With that said, let's take a game-by-game look at what lies ahead for the Chiefs next season.

Week 1: Sunday, September 13 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: NRG Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Texans:

The Houston Texans finished the 2014 season with a 9-7 record.

Led by the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in J.J. Watt, the Texans won four of their last five games of the season and just missed out on the playoffs.

The three quarterbacks currently on the roster for the Texans are Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet and Tom Savage.

Free Agents Lost: WR Andre Johnson, LB Brooks Reed, QB Thad Lewis, FS Kendrick Lewis

*Free Agents Gained: *DL Vince Wilfork, WR Cecil Shorts, DB Rahim Moore, QB Brian Hoyer

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Texans 17-16 back in 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Jamaal Charles carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 3-3 against the Texans in the all-time series.

Notes:

This will be the fifth time in eight meetings between these two teams that the game will be played in Houston.


Week 2: Thursday, September 17 – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 7:25 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS/NFLN

About the Broncos:

The Denver Broncos finished the 2014 season with a 12-4 record and won the AFC West for the fourth year in a row. Their season ended with a 24-13 loss at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.

In 2015, Peyton Manning returns for his 18th season after throwing for more than 4,700 yards and 39 touchdowns a year ago.

Free Agents Lost: TE Julius Thomas, OL Orlando Franklin, FS Rahim Moore, DL Terrance Knighton, TE Jacon Tamme, LB Nate Irving

Free Agents Gained: TE Owen Daniels, FS Darian Stewart, OL Shelly Smith, DL Vance Walker, LB Reggie Walker

Last time they met:

The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 29-16 on Sunday Night Football in Week 13 last season. C.J. Anderson carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards and Peyton Manning, despite completing just 50 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns in the victory.

All-time record:

Despite dropping the last six games, the Chiefs still hold a 56-53 advantage over the Broncos in their history, dating all the way back to 1960 (Dallas Texans).

Notes:

The Chiefs host the Broncos in their first primetime game of the season on Thursday Night Football.

The Chiefs are 36-18 all-time against the Broncos in Kansas City.

Manning threw for more than 250 yards in 11 of the Broncos' 16 regular season games last season, but didn't accomplish that feat in either of the two games against the Chiefs defense, which now returns All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito, among others.


Week 3: Monday, September 28 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers

Time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: Lambeau Field

Broadcast: ESPN

About the Packers:

The Green Bay Packers finished the 2014 season with a 12-4 record and went to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Led by Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, the Packers offense averaged 30.4 points per game in 2014, which led the league.

The Packers were able to re-sign receiver Randall Cobb this offseason, which kept the elite pairing of he and Jordy Nelson together for another few years.

Free Agents Lost: LB AJ Hawk, LB Brad Jones, CB Tramon Williams, WR Kevin Dorsey

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Packers 19-14 back in 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium.

It was interim head coach Romeo Crennel's signature win as the Chiefs defeated the then-undefeated Packers.

All-time record:

The Chiefs hold a 7-2-1 all-time record against the Packers, including a 3-0-1 record at Lambeau Field.

Notes:

The Chiefs are featured in prime time for the second consecutive week as they hosted the Denver Broncos in Week 2 on Thursday Night Football.


Week 4: Sunday, October 4 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Paul Brown Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Bengals:

The Cincinnati Bengals finished 2014 with a 10-5-1 record and clinched a wildcard berth in the AFC playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Led by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals have won at least 10-plus games in three straight seasons.

Free Agents Lost: DB Taylor Mays

Free Agents Gained: DL Michael Johnson, LB AJ Hawk, CB Brandon Ghee

Last time they met:

The Chiefs lost 28-6 to the Bengals back in 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 13-14 all-time against the Bengals and have dropped four straight in Cincinnati, dating back to 1987.

Notes:

It will be a short week for the Chiefs after playing on the road on Monday Night Football against the Packers. This marks the third road game for the Chiefs within the first four weeks of the season.


Week 5: Sunday, October 11 – Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 pm. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: FOX

About the Bears:

The Chicago Bears finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 5-11 record, which led to the hiring of former Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to lead their team moving forward.

Jay Cutler returns for his 10th NFL season after throwing for 3,812 yards with 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions last season.

Over the offseason, the Bears traded standout veteran receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets.

Free Agents Lost: DL Stephen Paea, DB Chris Conte

*Free Agents Gained: *LB Pernell McPhee, DB Antrel Rolle, WR Eddie Royal

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Bears 10-3 in Chicago back in 2011.

Tyler Palko completed 17 of 30 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chiefs to victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs and Bears meet for just the 12th time in history, with the Bears holding a six to five advantage.

Notes:

As head coach of the Denver Broncos, John Fox won 38 regular season games over the past three seasons. He joins a Bears team that's just two years removed from a 10-6 record back in 2012.  


Week 6: Sunday, October 18 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Minnesota Vikings

Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: TCF Bank Stadium (University of Minnesota)

Broadcast: CBS 

About the Vikings:

The Minnesota Vikings ended the 2014 season with a 7-9 record, finishing No. 3 in the NFC North.

Led by the NFL Rookie of the Year in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,919 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, the Vikings seem to have found their quarterback of the future.

As we get closer to this game, the running back situation will be interesting to watch as All-Pro veteran Adrian Peterson's situation seems to still be uncertain.

Free Agents Lost: FB Jerome Felton, LB Jasper Brinkley, QB Christian Ponder

Free Agents Gained: QB Shaun Hill, LB Casey Matthews, DB Taylor Mays

Last time they met:

Back in 2011, the Chiefs beat the Vikings 22-17 at Arrowhead Stadium.

In that game, Vikings QB Donovan McNabb completed 18 of 30 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

All-time record:

The Chiefs hold a 6-4 advantage over the Vikings in the all-time series, including a victory in Super Bowl IV, the Chiefs' first and currently only Super Bowl championship.

Notes:

The Chiefs have won four of the last five games against the Vikings.


Week 7: Sunday, October 25 – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Steelers:

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished with an 11-5 record in 2014 and won the AFC North Division. Their season ended with a 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard Round of the AFC playoffs.

For the Steelers last season, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell made up arguably the top trio at those skill positions in the NFL.

Roethlisberger threw for 4,952 yards, which tied him for most in the NFL. Brown had 1,698 yards receiving, which led the NFL. Finally, Bell finished with 1,361 rushing yards, which put him second in the NFL only behind DeMarco Murray (1,845). *Free Agents Lost: *LB Jason Worilds, CB Brice McCain

*Free Agents Gained: *RB DeAngelo Williams

Last time they met:

The Chiefs lost 20-12 in the Week 16 matchup last season against the Steelers. 

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 9-20 all-time against the Steelers, although they have won two of the last three meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.

Notes:

This game will mark just the third time these two teams have played at Arrowhead since 2004.


Week 8: Sunday, November 1 – Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 8:30 a.m. CT

Location: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

Broadcast: FOX

About the Lions:

The Detroit Lions finished the 2014 season with an 11-5 record and clinched a wildcard berth in the playoffs. Their season ended with a 24-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wildcard game.

They're led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 4,257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.

In his first year in Detroit, receiver Golden Tate had a breakout season with 99 receptions for 1,313 yards and four touchdowns.

Free Agents Lost: DL Ndamukong Suh, DL Nick Fairley, FB Jed Collins, RB Reggie Bush, OL Garrett Reynolds, OL Corey Hilliard

Free Agents Gained: DL Tyrunn Walker

Last time they met:

The Lions beat the Chiefs 48-3 in Detroit back in 2011.

All-time record:

The Chiefs hold a 7-5 all-time record against the Lions.

Notes:

The Lions haven't played a regular season game in Kansas City since 2003, when the Chiefs won 45-17.


Week 9: BYE


Week 10: Sunday, November 15 - Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

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Time: 3:25 p.m. CT

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Broadcast: CBS

About the Broncos:

The Denver Broncos finished the 2014 season with a 12-4 record and won the AFC West for the fourth year in a row. Their season ended with a 24-13 loss at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.

In 2015, Peyton Manning returns for his 18th season after throwing for more than 4,700 yards and 39 touchdowns a year ago.

Free Agents Lost: TE Julius Thomas, OL Orlando Franklin, FS Rahim Moore, DL Terrance Knighton, TE Jacon Tamme, LB Nate Irving

Free Agents Gained: TE Owen Daniels, FS Darian Stewart, OL Shelly Smith, DL Vance Walker, LB Reggie Walker

Last time they met:

The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 29-16 on Sunday Night Football in Week 13 last season. C.J. Anderson carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards and Peyton Manning, despite completing just 50 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns in the victory.

All-time record:

Despite dropping the last six games, the Chiefs still hold a 56-53 advantage over the Broncos in their history, dating all the way back to 1960 (Dallas Texans).

Notes:

The Chiefs are 20-35 all-time against the Broncos in Denver.

Manning threw for more than 250 yards in 11 of the Broncos' 16 regular season games last season, but didn't accomplish that feat in either of the two games against the Chiefs defense, which now returns All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito, among others.


Week 11: Sunday, November 22 – Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers

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Time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: Qualcomm Stadium

Broadcast: NBC

About the Chargers:

The San Diego Chargers finished the 2014 season with a 9-7 record and were kept out of the playoffs because of a 19-7 loss to the Chiefs in the last week of the regular season.

The Chargers were once again built on the strength of their passing game with quarterback Philip Rivers last season, with four receivers having more than 770 receiving yards a piece. 

Although Rivers did throw 18 interceptions, which was the second-most of any season in his 11-year NFL career.

Free Agents Lost: WR Eddie Royal, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Shareece Wright, LB Andrew Gachkar, LB Reggie Walker

Free Agents Gained: WR Stevie Johnson, OL Orlando Franklin, WR Jacoby Jones, DB Jimmy Wilson, CB Patrick Robinson

Last time they met:

Led by Chase Daniel, the Chiefs defeated the Chargers 19-7 in the last game of the regular season.

But the day belonged to linebacker Justin Houston, who broke Derrick Thomas' single-season sack record with four on the day, finishing the season with 22.

All-time record:

The Chiefs and Chargers hold a 54-54-1 record all-time against one another.

The Chiefs are 22-31-1 all-time against the Chargers in San Diego.

Notes: This is the Chiefs' fourth primetime game this season.

Last season, the Chiefs swept the season series from the Chargers for the first time since 2003.


Week 12: Sunday, November 29 – Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Bills:

The Buffalo Bills finished the regular season with a winning record (9-7) for the first time since 2005 last season.

Then they made some headlines this offseason after bringing in former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan to lead their team and then making the blockbuster trade for Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

The Chiefs and Bills have played each other every year since 2008, and the Bills have won four of those seven games.

Free Agents Lost: DB Da'Norris Searcy, RB CJ Spiller, TE Scott Chandler, TE Lee Smith, OL Erik Pears

*Free Agents Gained: *WR Percy Harvin, TE Charles Clay, QB Tyrod Taylor, FB Jerome Felton

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Bills 17-13 in Week 9 of last season.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 19-23-1 against the Bills in the all-time series.

Notes:

The Bills traded for former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel in the offseason. He'll compete with former first-round pick EJ Manuel for the starting position.


Week 13: Sunday, December 6 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

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Time: 3:05 p.m. CT

Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Broadcast: CBS

About the Raiders:

The Oakland Raiders finished the 2014 season with a 3-13 record, including going winless on the road, which led to the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on January 15.

The Raiders are led by their second-year quarterback Derek Carr, who finished a nice rookie season completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,270 yards and 22 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

*Free Agents Lost: *DB Tyvon Branch, DL LaMarr Woodley, RB Darren McFadden, DB Chimdi Chekwa

Free Agents Gained: RB Trent Richardson, OL Rodney Hudson, RB Roy Helu, LB Curtis Lofton, DL Dan Williams, LB Malcolm Smith, DB Nate Allen, QB Christian Ponder, CB James Dockery, TE Lee Smith

Last time they met:

The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 31-13 back in Week 15 last season.

Alex Smith completed 18 of 30 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense led the way with four sacks on Carr.

All-time record:

The Chiefs hold a 56-51-2 all-time record against the Raiders, including a 30-24-1 mark at home.

The Chiefs have won nine of the last 12 meetings in Oakland. 

Notes:

The Raiders snapped the Chiefs' five-game winning streak in Week 12 last season on Thursday Night Football with a 24-20 victory.

For more information on what the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry means, check out the 65 Toss Power Trap Productions documentary from last season. WATCH HERE.


Week 14: Sunday, December 13 – San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Chargers:

The San Diego Chargers finished the 2014 season with a 9-7 record and were kept out of the playoffs because of a 19-7 loss to the Chiefs in the last week of the regular season.

The Chargers were once again built on the strength of their passing game with quarterback Philip Rivers last season, with four receivers having more than 770 receiving yards a piece.  

Although Rivers did throw 18 interceptions, which was the second most of any season in his 11-year NFL career.

Free Agents Lost: WR Eddie Royal, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Shareece Wright, LB Andrew Gachkar, LB Reggie Walker

Free Agents Gained: WR Stevie Johnson, OL Orlando Franklin, WR Jacoby Jones, DB Jimmy Wilson, CB Patrick Robinson

Last time they met:

Led by Chase Daniel, the Chiefs defeated the Chargers 19-7 in the last game of the regular season.

But the day belonged to linebacker Justin Houston, who broke Derrick Thomas' single-season sack record with four on the day, finishing the season with 22.

All-time record:

The Chiefs and Chargers hold a 54-54-1 record all-time against one another.

The Chiefs are 32-23 against the Chargers in Kansas City.

Notes:

Last season, the Chiefs swept the season series from the Chargers for the first time since 2003.


Week 15: Sunday, December 20 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: M&T Bank Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Ravens:

The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2014 season with a 10-6 record and earned a wildcard berth in the AFC playoffs. They've made the playoffs in six of the last seven years, including 2010, when they defeated the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Ravens are led by quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,986 yards with 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions last season.

*Free Agents Lost: *TE Owen Daniels, WR Torrey Smith, WR Jacoby Jones, LB Pernell McPhee, QB Tyrod Taylor, FS Darian Stewart

Free Agents Gained: FS Kendrick Lewis

Last time they met:

The Chiefs lost 9-6 to the Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium back in 2012.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 3-3 all-time against the Ravens, but have dropped three straight since 2006.

Notes:

The last road game of the regular season is in Baltimore, where the Chiefs haven't played since 2009.


Week 16: Sunday, December 27 – Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Browns:

The Cleveland Browns have a new set of uniforms and a new logo, and they're hoping that means they'll finish with better than the 7-9 record they had in 2014. In 10 of the last 12 seasons, the Browns have finished at the bottom of the AFC North.

At quarterback, the Browns may have a battle on their hands between second-year player Johnny Manziel and the newly signed Josh McCown.

*Free Agents Lost: *CB Buster Skrine, QB Brian Hoyer, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Jabaal Sheard

*Free Agents Gained: *WR Dwayne Bowe, DL Randy Starks, CB Tramon Williams, WR Brian Hartline, QB Thad Lewis

Last time they met:

The Chiefs won the last meeting between these two teams by a score of 23-17 back on October 27, 2013.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 11-11-2 all-time against the Cleveland Browns.

Notes:

It's Dwayne Bowe's return to Kansas City, where he spent the first eight years of his career.


Week 17: Sunday, January 3 – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Time: 12 p.m. CT

Location: Arrowhead Stadium

Broadcast: CBS

About the Raiders:

The Oakland Raiders finished the 2014 season with a 3-13 record, including going winless on the road, which led to the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on January 15.

The Raiders are led by their second-year quarterback Derek Carr, who finished a nice rookie season completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,270 yards and 22 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

*Free Agents Lost: *DB Tyvon Branch, DL LaMarr Woodley, RB Darren McFadden, DB Chimdi Chekwa

Free Agents Gained: RB Trent Richardson, OL Rodney Hudson, RB Roy Helu, LB Curtis Lofton, DL Dan Williams, LB Malcolm Smith, DB Nate Allen, QB Christian Ponder, CB James Dockery, TE Lee Smith

Last time they met:

The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 31-13 back in Week 15 last season.

Alex Smith completed 18 of 30 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense led the way with four sacks on Carr.

All-time record:

The Chiefs hold a 56-51-2 all-time record against the Raiders, including a 30-24-1 mark at home.

The Chiefs have won the last two meetings at Arrowhead by a combined 55 to 20.

Notes:

The Raiders snapped the Chiefs' five-game winning streak in Week 12 last season on Thursday Night Football with a 24-20 victory.

For more information on what the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry means, check out the 65 Toss Power Trap Productions documentary from last season. WATCH HERE.


Chiefs' preseason schedule:

Saturday, August 15
Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
Broadcast: KCTV-5

Friday, August 21
Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Arrowhead Stadium
Broadcast: KCTV-5

Friday, August 28
Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Arrowhead Stadium
Broadcast: KCTV-5

Thursday, September 3
Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Edward Jones Dome
Broadcast: KCTV-5

Photos that illustrate the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs regular season schedule.

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