As the Kansas City Chiefs' 2014 season came to an end with a 19-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, the 9-7 record they finished with wasn't enough to get them into the playoffs.
In the five previous NFL seasons, four different AFC teams made the playoffs with a 9-7 record. But it wasn't enough this year for the Chiefs, who began the season with the second youngest roster in the NFL.
The top two seeds in the playoffs in the two respective conferences, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, both lost to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this season.
"I was pleased that we had the schedule we had [this year]," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday. "I think we played 11 teams that ended up .500 or better. We won nine games so that shows me that we can do some things as a football team. We just need to be more consistent at it."
As the Chiefs look to the offseason and prepare to improve for 2015, the home and away opponents for next season were announced.
Here are the home and away games for the Chiefs next season:
|HOME||Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions (London)|
|AWAY||Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings|
Of the Chiefs' 16 games next season, seven of them are against teams that are in the playoffs this season.
The combined 2014 record of the Chiefs' opponents next season is 139-116-1, which makes it the fifth toughest schedule in the NFL next season.
With six of the Chiefs' nine wins in 2014 coming against teams that finished .500 or better, the team will look to build upon the success they had against better competition while being more consistent throughout the season.
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