The Chiefs want to start fast in the 2009 season to put all those bad feelings of the past two years behind them – but it won’t be easy. The team will be severly challenged in the first quarter of their season, as they play some real NFL powerhouses with three teams coming to Arrowhead, only one being somewhat a cupcake – the Raiders. And let’s not forget the Chiefs lost to the Raiders at home last year.
The team starts the 09 season with a huge task, a road game at Baltimore, a team that went to the AFC Title game last season with a rookie QB in Joe Flacco. The Ravens are going to once again be very tough, and it could be a tough day for new Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and a team that really could have used an easier opener.
After the home opener vs the Raiders on September 20th, the team has four very tough games – all against NFC East teams. They start off with a game at Philly against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles, and then come home for the bruising New York Giants, a team that even without Plax Burress is going to be a handful.
If that’s not enough, then they host Tony Romo and the re-born Dallas Cowboys on October 11th. Romo is awful when the weather turns cold in December, but since he’s in town in October, he and the tough Cowboys are going to be a serious challenge for the Chiefs.
They wrap it up with a game at Washington, a team that may be the easiest on the schedule after the Raiders. Washington was looking for a new QB to take the job from Jason Campbell, but couldn’t get a deal done for Jay Cutler. By the time the Chiefs hit D.C., they could be off to a 0-5 start. Here’s hoping for a few upsets along the way.