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Old 08-05-2001, 02:57 PM  
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Chiefs Schedule VERY tough in '01

This is my own subjective accounting, BTW. Only 3 teams have more .500+ opponents and the Chiefs face a league high 7 playoff teams. KC is tied with 5 other teams with 10 games .500+ opponents and 7 games vs playoff teams. Only Minny, TB and Indy have harder schedules.

The real kicker is that the two easiest schedules are given to DENVER and WASHINGTON (?????? go figure)....


Still, I see the Chiefs between 9-7 and 11-5.

Now do you see the urgency to defend Arrowhead this season? Some of these road games are murder.

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'Nother season, same situation: tough schedule, and the Chiefs 'dogs most of the games...
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Old 08-05-2001, 03:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2001, 03:16 PM   #3
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While we have one of the toughest scheduals AGAIN in all of the NFL I'm starting to believe that from year to year every team is different and you can't draw conclusions from the previous year. A Superbowl Champion can fall to the bottom of the division in the blink of the eye these days. And pond scum suckers can win Superbowls (Witness St. Louis) Untill the games begin we just don't know what kind of team KC is going to field. But I'm starting to believe that we will have a good team and I feel that the Defense will be a thing of beauty. But then I think Nebraska will win the Nat'l Championship also. :D That tells you what kind of homer I am.:rolleyes: :D
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Old 08-05-2001, 03:21 PM   #4
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Alan,
That is the reality of parity in the modern NFL.
Who else would have predicted the rise of Atl, Tenn, Balt, NYGs, and StL to the SB, and the emergence of Indy and NO and as serious contenders?

What is scary is that Marty has inherited arguably the most talented team and the easiest scedule, and that is a formulae for success if I ever saw one. DV inherited the league's softest scedule the year he won his ring...

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Old 08-05-2001, 03:34 PM   #5
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John, You still have to play good football. And who actually knows how tough Washingtons schedual turns out to be untill the year is over. I honestly wouldn't be suprised if Baltimore went 5-11 or so or went back to the SB. I don't know what the odds are in Vegas on the Chiefs for the SB. But if I were there I would slap down $50 on the Chiefs as confidently as I would any other team.
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Old 08-06-2001, 06:41 AM   #6
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I just can't believe the donx get the 2nd easiest schedule in the NFL. And Marty gets the first.
I agree, this could all go haywire in the Brave-New-World of parity, but there is plenty of fodder for speculation about tough schedules. Some teams are tough at home no matter how they are playing that season record-wise.
My bottom line: The Chiefs need to defend Arrowhead manfully (a minimum of 6-2) to have a prayer at play off time.

Darn the donx,
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Old 08-06-2001, 06:52 AM   #7
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KCJ - Being the stat man that you are, I am surprised I have to point out to you, if you take the Broncs and Raiders record from the schedule twice each, and conversely the Chiefs from theirs, the Chiefs schedule is slightly easier than either of them. There is not much you can do to a schedule that includes 46-18 against them in their own division, and unless anyone can figure out how to avoid playing them, lower teams have to have a harder schedule. The only thing I can't figure is how the Donx get the Cowboys, and miss the Eagles, while we have the Eagles, but not the Cowboys.
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Old 08-06-2001, 06:57 AM   #8
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KCJ... Denver has to play sub .500 teams like KC, Seattle and San Diego twice. That doesn't improve your strength of schedule.

Then, consider that the AFC West is playing the NFC East this year... Denver has the Cardinals and Cowboys, two sorry teams. But, they also play Giants and Washington (although Washington kinda sucked last year - again not improving their strength of schedule).

**sidetracked**Washington does not have the most talented team. Look at their offense, Davis is all they have. Westbrook is recovering from injury. Jeff George? Look at the other WRs and the TE? Their defense was pretty good last year, but that's it. They have not improved the offense.

Anyway, non AFC West/NFC East competition for Denver:
Colts (tough), Baltimore (tough), Patriots (eehhh, average), Miami (tough).

So, there are two reasons that Denver has an *easy* schedule, they play 3 teams twice in the AFC that sucked last year and they have the luxury of playing two crappy teams from the NFC East.

In contrast, KC plays two teams twice that rocked the AFC West last year (even if you swept Denver).

The bottom line is.... just don't look at the "stats", break it down.
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Old 08-06-2001, 06:58 AM   #9
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Rich, I agree that the AFC West is the main reason our schedule is so tough, but that is also the reason I am so optimistic about the '01 Chiefs. Historically, we have dominated the West, even more than Denver. In fact, since 1990, there is no team in the AFC West that we do not own a winning record against. Our problem has always been playing good teams on the road, and that could be a problem again this year. Nobody in the West scares me except maybe the Bolts, because nobody will be taking them seriously. The Bolts could shock everyone.

I see the Chiefs splitting with Oak and Den, sweeping Seattle and SD. If Gannon gets injured, KC sweeps the Raidas. If Tomlinson/Flutie/Norv get the Bolts going, the Bolts could sweep us. It will be a very fluid season IMO.

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Old 08-06-2001, 07:01 AM   #10
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I can agree with some of that - it should definitely be an interesting season for the AFC West. I am hoping that Gannon misses a few games, though. *note* I'm not wishing injury, just a 14 day stomach virus or something.

I'd like to see Hoying get in there and choke it up.
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Old 08-06-2001, 07:05 AM   #11
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MHM:
I see what you mean. Still, how'd the league come to the conclusion that the donx had the #30 strength of schedule?

I disagree about Washington. They could put a ravenish D on the field this year and require only 13-14 ppg to win. They will also force a ton of turnovers and play field position. Sound familiar? And Jeff George has not only Westbrook, but Clemson top WR Rod Gardener and our very own Kevin Lockett. They have Stephen Davis, Bennett and Ki-Jana Carter. The Skins are loaded on defense and with the #31 toughest schedule, I expect them to compete for a Division title.

Chiefs are the *unknown* variable in the AFC WEst this year that could change the Division's entire dynamic...if they turn out crappy, that helps Denver and Oakland; if they turn out powerful (they should) then the competition will be ferocious for the Division Crown.

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Old 08-06-2001, 07:25 AM   #12
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Somehow it doesn't surprise me that KCJ mentions Donnell Bennett when defending the Washington offense...

Proctor, Washington won't have a Raven-ish defense, they have zero in the middle of the D-Line. Bruce Smith is past his prime. They don't have very good Linebackers, but Arrington is finally coming into his own. They have great d-backs, but even the best get burned when there's no pressure up front.

The Washington offense is PATHETIC. They have Jeff George, period. No receivers. One of the best backs in the league is going to forced, BY MARTY, to share time with Donnell Bennett!!!

Washington will probably go 9-7 and get beat in the first round of the playoffs. Pretty safe prediction for a Schottenheimer team...
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Old 08-06-2001, 07:43 AM   #13
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I'd agree with Parker, although I'll be less anti-Marty about it.

No way will they be anywhere close to the level of the Ravens. They have no defensive tackles. They're questionable at defensive end. They do have two good OLBs (Barber and Arrington), but they don't have much at MLB. They're questionable at Safety, and while I like Champ Bailey a lot, neither Donovan Greer nor Darrell Green are anything to cheer about at CB.

Bad interior line, lackluster ends, a weakness at MLB and unspectacular safeties generally equal poor run defense, and that in a division that's predicated on running the ball (Emmitt Smith, Thunder & Lightning, Duce Staley & McNabb)...

As for the offense, they're really, really hurting on the O-line, first of all. They have no real NFL quality guards. They're decent at Center and tackle. They have Stephen Davis at running back, a stud, both nothing behind him or at fullback. They have Michael Westbrook, who's streaky at best when healthy, and then Kevin Lockett, and then not much else at WR, although Gardner will eventually be a good one IMHO. They have a decent TE. They have Jeff George, and that's it. Their backup QB situation is arguably even worse than ours.

Not good for a division that has two very strong defenses in Philly and New York, although they might be able to do something against Dallas and/or 'zona.

I'd say Marty has at least as much of a reclamation project in DC as DV does here. There's really not that much in place on that team, and they're really hurting along both lines, which are, IMHO, the most important positions on the field.

Not a rosy picture.

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Old 08-06-2001, 10:03 AM   #14
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Does it really matter? Chiefs weren't going to win much this season anyway. In fact, I would think that you chiefs fans love this "tough schedule" bull****. Now you have your excuse. Now you can cry about your schedule all season while the Broncos and Raiders are kicking ***. I love Chief fans.
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Old 08-06-2001, 10:53 AM   #15
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1. PLEASE tell me, oh PUH-LEEEEZE oh wise one, how Donnell Bennett is a liability as a FB leading for Stephen Davis??????
2. The Skins had one of the top defenses in the NFC last year, so why all the handwringing about defense? As though Marty knows nothing about defense?
3. Westbrook, Lockett and Gardener are at least as good as DA, Slymo and Mayes.
4. Raye was OC for the NFL's 5th most productive passing game last year.
5. In 12 years as a head coach, Marty produced ONE losing season, at 7-9.

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