2023 Chiefs Regular Season Preview
Predicting the Chiefs 2023 Regular Season!
Will the Chiefs Repeat as Superbowl Champions?
With college football officially kicking off tomorrow, we thought we would take a look ahead at the Chiefs' upcoming regular season, and see if we could try our hand at predicting each game! Last year, we predicted that the Chiefs would end up with a 13-4 record, and the Chiefs ended up actually going 14-3, so we were fairly close! With any luck, this year we can get just as close, if not more!
Week 1: vs. Detroit Lions (Thursday, Sep. 7th, 7:20 PM)
The Chiefs face off against the Detroit Lions at home to kick off the NFL season during Sunday Night Football. The Lions are expected to be a force to contend with in the NFC, which is a stark change from the expectations typically placed on them for previous seasons. With the veteran QB and former first-round pick Jared Goff leading the offense, complemented by a surprisingly fierce defense, this should be a great early season test for the Chiefs. With all that being said, the Lions are the newcomers on the block, and the Chiefs should be able to take care of business at home to start the season off with a W.
Predicted Chiefs Standing: 1-0
Week 2: @ Jacksonville (Sunday, Sep. 17th, 12:00 PM)
Similar to the Lions, the Jaguars are typically a team that you can mark as an easy win when looking at the schedule (sorry Jags fans!). Recently, however, Trevor Lawrence has had the Jaguars competing in the AFC again, with the Jags being the odds-on favorite to win their division. During last year’s playoffs, with Mahomes injured, the Jags were able to score 17 points on the Chiefs' defense, in a 10-point Jags loss. With a fully healthy Mahomes, we’re predicting that the Chiefs get a scrappy win on the road to keep the good times rolling.
Predicted Chiefs Standing: 2-0
Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears (Sunday, Sep. 24th, 3:25 PM)
The Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium in week three to match up against the Chicago Bears in the 3:00 window. The Bears have made a plethora of moves in the offseason to revamp their team and build around their young QB, Justin Fields, who is in his third season as an NFL quarterback. Fields is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the entire league, so the Chiefs defense will undoubtedly be making adjustments to accommodate for this element of Field’s game. Make sure to look out for the Chiefs' defense to be utilizing a QB spy on plays to lessen the chances of Fields making plays with his legs, and forcing the young QB to win the game by making plays by slinging the ball. If the Chiefs can do that, then we expect the Chiefs to wrap this one up easily at home.
Chiefs Predicted Score: 3-0
Week 4: @ New York Jets (Sunday, Oct. 1st, 7:20 PM)
While the Lions game could be considered a test for the defending Superbowl champions, the week four matchup will surely be a true test for the entire Chiefs team. The New York Jets made the biggest offseason move, acquiring veteran QB and future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers, from the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has several weapons on offense, including star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and running backs Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook. Complementing this offense, the Jets also have a ferocious defense, led by second-year star cornerback Sauce Gardner, who won Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. The entire Chiefs team will need to play their best during this road test, and unfortunately, we are predicting that this could be a loss for our Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 3-1
Week 5: @ Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, Oct. 8th, 3:25 PM)
Following their visit to the Garden State, the Chiefs head over to play the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota. The Vikings are a good team, led by veteran QB Kirk Cousins, and the #1 receiver in the league, Justin Jefferson. The Vikings, however, in this writer’s estimation are still not equipped to deal with a team of the same caliber as the Chiefs, and we’re marking this one as a good win on the road, before heading back home for Week 6.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 4-1
Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos (Thursday, Oct. 12th, 7:15 PM)
In Week 6, the Chiefs play a division rival for the first time, competing against the Denver Broncos at home. Last year, the Broncos were expected to be a force to contend with in the division, but fell well short of those expectations, in large part due to their first-year head coach, Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett was replaced during the season by interim head coach Jerry Rosburg. Now, the Broncos are coached by Superbowl-winning former Saints head coach Sean Payton. Payton is expected to get this Broncos team performing again, and get veteran QB Russell Wilson slinging the ball across the field. The Chiefs should be energized by this fierce rivalry, and defend their home turf in what will hopefully be a dominant win!
Chiefs Predicted Record: 5-1
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 3:25 PM)
Following the Broncos game, the Chiefs match up against another divisional opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers at home. The Chargers are going to be relying on their own star QB, Justin Herbert, to use his arm to heave the ball down the field for long gains on the Chiefs' defense. If the Chiefs’ defense can keep the deep ball under control, expect the Chiefs to take care of yet another divisional opponent at home.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 6-1
Week 8: @ Denver Broncos (Sunday, Oct. 29th, 3:25 PM)
In Week 8, the Chiefs go on the road for their second game against the Denver Broncos. While Mile High Stadium can be a particularly challenging place to play, the Chiefs have won their previous three matchups in Denver, and should be expected to do so as well this season.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 7-1
Week 9: vs. Miami Dolphins (Sunday, Nov. 5th, 8:30 AM)
This year, the Chiefs head to Frankfurt, Germany to play the Miami Dolphins at 8:30 AM Central Time. While we would love to have this game be played at Arrowhead, the Chiefs and Chiefs fans alike should be looking forward to this game, particularly to prove former Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill wrong! In comments to media, the former standout Chiefs receiver promised to, “... be the Chiefs’ worst enemy” when he played them in 2023. This is a game that the Chiefs will surely have marked on their calendar, not only because of Hill’s comments, but also because the Dolphins are a formidable team in the AFC. Expect the Chiefs to prepare on both sides of the ball for the challenge, however, and get a win over in Europe!
Chiefs Predicted Record: 8-1
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Monday, Nov. 20th, 7:15 PM)
In a rematch of last year’s Superbowl, the Philadelphia Eagles visit Arrowhead in a Monday Night Football game against the Chiefs. With both teams coming off of a bye week, Chiefs fans can expect an even matchup against the reigning NFC champions. That being said, when the lights were brightest, in a neutral location, the Chiefs were able to get it done, and we expect them to do the same at home!
Chiefs Predicted Record: 9-1
Week 12: @ Las Vegas Raiders (Sunday, Nov. 26th, 3:25 PM)
After a hopeful victory against the Eagles, the Chiefs hit the road to Sin City, to face off against their bitter rivals, the Raiders. Last year’s game at Arrowhead was one of the best games of the season, as the Chiefs came back in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football to beat the Raiders 30-29. In their next matchup in Las Vegas, the Chiefs beat the Raiders 31-13, and we’re expecting a similar score this year as well!
Chiefs Predicted Record: 10-1
Week 13: @ Green Bay Packers (Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 7:20 PM)
After a victory in Las Vegas, the Chiefs head to a much colder climate, to play against the Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field. As mentioned during our Jets preview, the Packers are without Aaron Rodgers, and instead are looking to Jordan Love to lead the Cheeseheads. By this point in the season, NFL defenses should have plenty of film on the relatively inexperienced QB, and the Chiefs defense should hopefully be able to keep the road win streak going and leave Green Bay with a W.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 11-1
Week 14: vs. Buffalo Bills (Sunday, Dec. 10th, 3:25 PM)
After what should hopefully be a pair of wins on the road, the Chiefs return home to face one of their more daunting challenges all season against the Buffalo Bills. In our season predictions last year, we had mocked this up as a Chiefs defeat, as it unfortunately turned out to be. This year, however, we are more optimistic about the Chiefs’ chances of winning versus the Bills at home, and are hoping this is more akin to the thrilling AFC Divisional Round game that saw the Chiefs walk away with the win in OT.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 12-1
Week 15: @ New England Patriots (Monday, Dec. 18th, 7:15 PM)
It’s been a number of years now since the Patriots have been without Tom Brady, and they have never come close to reaching the level they were at with him at the helm of the offense. The days of the Chiefs struggling at Foxborough should be long gone, and we predict that the Chiefs will get an easy win in New England.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 13-1
Week 16: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (Monday, Dec. 25th, 12:00 PM)
For their last matchup against the Raiders, the NFL sought fit to have the Chiefs play them at home on Christmas Day. As mentioned before, the Chiefs were able to take care of business last year at home against the Raiders in thrilling fashion, and we are expecting Santa to leave a divisional win under the Christmas tree this year to go 2-0 against the Raiders in 2023.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 14-1
Week 17: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, Dec. 31st, 3:25 PM)
Along with the Jets, Eagles, and Bills game before it, this game will be one of the most challenging games the Chiefs have this season. The Bengals are a newfound rivalry for the Chiefs in recent years, with the teams trading playoff wins and losses and hotly contested regular season games for the past handful of years. Unfortunately, we are predicting that the Bengals scratch out a win against the Chiefs at home this season.
Chiefs Predicted Record: 14-2
Week 18: @ Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, Jan. 7th, Time TBD)
No matter whether the Chiefs beat the Bengals or not, you can expect the team to either be riding high on a great win against a talented AFC team, or motivated to close out the regular season strong by beating a divisional opponent. We predicted that the Chiefs would beat the Chargers at home earlier in the season, and we are predicting a similar victory in their final game of the regular season as well, to close out with a 15-2 record.
Think you can beat our predictions? Let us know how you think the Chiefs will do in the comments section below!