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tk13
04-14-2005, 02:12 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/11387130.htm

Tough road ahead for KC
Some big games will be away from Arrowhead

By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star


Pleasant memories of the 2004 season are few for the Chiefs and coach Dick Vermeil. They're desperately trying to look ahead to what they hope are better times.

Vermeil's first glance at this season's schedule, though, reminded him too much of last year.

“It's just like last year's schedule,” Vermeil said with some exasperation after the NFL released the schedule for the Chiefs and the other 31 teams on Wednesday. “They're sending us on the road to play two big games at night where the biggest advantage goes to the opponent.”

After beginning the season on Sept. 11 with a home game against the New York Jets, the Chiefs have a Sunday night game against the Raiders and newly acquired wide receiver Randy Moss at Oakland, and then a Monday night game at Denver.

Their first two road games in what would become a disappointing 7-9 season last year were at night, in the opener on Sunday at Denver and on Monday at Baltimore. The Chiefs lost to the Broncos and beat the Ravens.

Playing on national television on the road may not be appealing to Vermeil, but the NFL apparently likes the Chiefs in that role.

The Chiefs have two more national TV appearances besides the Sept. 18 game at Oakland and the Sept. 26 game at Denver. The others are a Sunday night game on Nov. 20 at Houston and a 4 p.m. Saturday game on Dec. 17 against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands.

A fifth national TV appearance was possible, but the league passed on a chance to send the Chiefs to Dallas on Thanksgiving to play the Cowboys. The Broncos were sent on that mission instead, and the Chiefs will play the Cowboys on Dec. 11.

Meanwhile, all eight of the Chiefs' regular-season home games are on Sunday — and seven will kick off at noon. The Dec. 4 game against Denver will start at 3:15 p.m. at Arrowhead.

But the home schedule features two holiday games a year after the Chiefs played a Christmas game at Arrowhead. The Chiefs were given home games on Christmas Eve (against the San Diego Chargers) and New Year's Day (against the Cincinnati Bengals).

The Chiefs have their bye on Oct. 9. The bye coincides with the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway for the second straight year.

Competitively, the Chiefs' schedule could have been friendlier. After the arduous opening three-game stretch, the Chiefs play the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs and Vermeil need no reminders that their 2004 season was ruined in the opening weeks by a 1-4 start.

Then, in the middle of the 2005 season, the Chiefs have a stretch of four of five games on the road.

But if they can survive until then, the closing stretch should be accommodating for a playoff run. Four of the last six games — including the final two — will be played in the comfort of Arrowhead Stadium, where three times in the last 10 seasons the Chiefs went undefeated during the regular season.

All in all, it appears to be a challenging schedule. As Vermeil pointed out, there's an easy remedy for that — one the Chiefs can control.

“If we do what's required,” he said, “it doesn't matter who we play or when or where.”

Count Alex's Losses
04-14-2005, 02:17 AM
Well, hopefully they learned a lesson after last year's poor start. If we do that again I'm going to kill myself.

SBK
04-14-2005, 02:33 AM
If we do that again I'm going to kill myself.

Yikes, not a lot to live for huh? I'd tone that down to "cut my balls off" or something. You might get some help from some of your friends around here for a chore like that.

Count Alex's Losses
04-14-2005, 02:45 AM
I'd tone that down to "cut my balls off" or something.

I did that last year.

SBK
04-14-2005, 02:49 AM
I did that last year.

On the bright side, no need to worry about boners at unopportune times.

Rausch
04-14-2005, 03:42 AM
It's only tough if you don't play worth a $#it...

elvomito
04-14-2005, 04:25 AM
On the bright side, no need to worry about boners at unopportune times.

balls and boners are independent http://users.pandora.be/eforum/emoticons4u/crazy/1302.gif

alanm
04-14-2005, 05:03 AM
I don't want to hear any f*cking excuses Dick!! Not anymore. The last sentence in the article says it all. :cuss:

Rausch
04-14-2005, 05:11 AM
I don't want to hear any f*cking excuses Dick!! Not anymore. The last sentence in the article says it all. :cuss:

Yup.

Don't matter who you play just how you play...

Taco John
04-14-2005, 05:24 AM
Ah... It's that time of year again! The Chiefs schedule has been released, and it turns out for the 30th year in a row, the Chiefs got the hardest schedule in the whole wide league!

What are the odds!

Pants
04-14-2005, 05:25 AM
balls and boners are independent http://users.pandora.be/eforum/emoticons4u/crazy/1302.gif

Dude, if somebody cut your balls off, you aren't getting any boners any time soon.

alanm
04-14-2005, 05:44 AM
Ah... It's that time of year again! The Chiefs schedule has been released, and it turns out for the 30th year in a row, the Chiefs got the hardest schedule in the whole wide league!

What are the odds!
Top 5 for the 30th year in a row. But that's semantics. The Football Gods hate us. :deevee: :)

Big Chief Homer
04-14-2005, 06:43 AM
hate to say it but....if they dont do something about the LBer corps and the CB's we'll be looking at 1-3 going into the Bye week.

HemiEd
04-14-2005, 08:24 AM
hate to say it but....if they dont do something about the LBer corps and the CB's we'll be looking at 1-3 going into the Bye week.


Jeesh, that does not sound much like a homer post. This time of year we should be thinking 19-0. :p

petegz28
04-14-2005, 09:03 AM
Teicher lives for gloom and doom! Last wek it was Fujita was gonna be out for endless amounts of time. Now it's the schedule. Next it will be the shade of the turf is not the proper shade of green.

TRR
04-14-2005, 10:46 AM
Some big games on the road? AFC West games are always big. Other than our AFC West opponents on the road, our schedule is weak IMHO. Dallas? Houston? Giants?

Nobody can say if a schedule is tough or not in April.

alanm
04-14-2005, 11:06 AM
Some big games on the road? AFC West games are always big. Other than our AFC West opponents on the road, our schedule is weak IMHO. Dallas? Houston? Giants?

Nobody can say if a schedule is tough or not in April.
You do remember that we lost to the Texans last fall, right? And we always have trouble beating the Giants. Preseason nonwithstanding. :shake:

Calcountry
04-14-2005, 11:40 AM
I did that last year.So that explains your much more subdued demeanor.

Calcountry
04-14-2005, 11:42 AM
It's only tough if you don't play worth a $#it...Its even tougher when you have no _fense.

jspchief
04-14-2005, 12:00 PM
Big shock. It took less than 24 hours for Vermeil to start bitching about the schedule.

God Bless him for bringing us the offense, but I'm getting damn tired of his act.

ct
04-14-2005, 12:17 PM
Big shock. It took less than 24 hours for Vermeil to start bitching about the schedule.

God Bless him for bringing us the offense, but I'm getting damn tired of his act.

Amen Brotha!!

TRR
04-14-2005, 01:02 PM
You do remember that we lost to the Texans last fall, right? And we always have trouble beating the Giants. Preseason nonwithstanding. :shake:


ZZZ :whackit:

Gravedigger
04-14-2005, 01:28 PM
Well I think if Vermeil has learned anything is that the schedule is the same... but the team is far better... that is when we trade down for Derrick Johnson and trade for Surtain. :hmmm:

blsilks
04-16-2005, 10:34 AM
Date Opponent
9/11/2005 New York Jets Win
9/18/2005 at Oakland Raiders Win
9/26/2005 at Denver Broncos Win
10/2/2005 Philadelphia Eagles Lose
10/9/2005 Bye
10/16/2005 Washington Redskins Win
10/23/2005 at Miami Dolphins Win
10/30/2005 at San Diego Chargers Win
11/6/2005 Oakland Raiders Win
11/13/2005 at Buffalo Bills Win
11/20/2005 at Houston Texans Win
11/27/2005 New England Patriots Lose
12/4/2005 Denver Broncos Win
12/11/2005 at Dallas Cowboys Win
12/17/2005 at New York Giants Win
12/24/2005 San Diego Chargers Win
1/1/2006 Cincinnati Bengals Win

14-2

TEX
04-16-2005, 04:21 PM
Date Opponent
9/11/2005 New York Jets - W
9/18/2005 at Oakland - L
9/26/2005 at Denver Broncos - L
10/2/2005 Philadelphia Eagles - L
10/9/2005 Bye
10/16/2005 Washington Redskins - W
10/23/2005 at Miami Dolphins - W
10/30/2005 at San Diego Chargers - L
11/6/2005 Oakland - W
11/13/2005 at Buffalo Bills - L
11/20/2005 at Houston Texans - ? (Texans play well in Prime Time)
11/27/2005 New England Patriots - L
12/4/2005 Denver Broncos - W
12/11/2005 at Dallas Cowboys - W
12/17/2005 at New York Giants - W
12/24/2005 San Diego Chargers - W
1/1/2006 Cincinnati Bengals - W

At first glance I'd say 9-7 or 10-6 IF WE FIX THE _EFENSE! It's going to be a BRUTAL 1st half of the season. We'll be playing catch-up all year.

Big Chief Homer
04-16-2005, 04:45 PM
Jeesh, that does not sound much like a homer post. This time of year we should be thinking 19-0. :p

Im starting to think i should change my screen name to Big Chief Realist.