Three of the Chiefs' last five games are against their rivals in the AFC West, including a pair of home game against the Broncos and Raiders. We've already discussed the other teams in the division while previewing the first games in each series, so check out the earlier editions for a more in-depth look at each matchup.
The Broncos are certainly capable of winning at Arrowhead – they've won two of their last three games in Kansas City, including a 44-13 drubbing of the Chiefs in this exact same week of the 2009 season. But that was one of only two contests Denver won over their final 10 games, as they ended up falling victim to their usual late-season collapse.
Given the Broncos' knack for struggling towards the end of the season, plus the fact that we already picked the Chiefs to lose in Denver, we're calling this one a win.
Prediction: Win (6-6)
Week 14 - @ San Diego Chargers
Following the opposite path of the Broncos, the Chargers tend to struggle early in the year and then settle down as they make their playoff push in the second half of the season. That pattern might bring the Chiefs some good luck in the season opener, but it doesn't bode well for them here.
Can Turner hold Chargers together?
A year ago, the Chargers won their final 11 games. In 2008, they ended the season on a four-game winning streak that clinched them the division title. In 2006, they closed things out with a six-game winning streak. In 2005, they won their final 10 games.
In other words, it's not a lot of fun facing the Chargers late in the year, especially if you're going on the road to do it.
Prediction: Loss (6-7)
Week 15 – @ St. Louis Rams
The Chiefs have struggled mightily over the last three years, but two teams in the league have actually done worse during that span. One of those teams is the Detroit Lions. The other is the Chiefs' cross-state rival in St. Louis.
Bradford could be starter by Week 15.
Coming off a season in which they only won a single game, the Rams will have their work cut out for them in 2010. Unfortunately, the Chiefs play them late in the season, meaning that rookie quarterback Sam Bradford – assuming he begins the year as the starter -- will have already had ample time to get settled in. And Stephen Jackson is always dangerous, especially if the Chiefs' run defense hasn't improved.
Still, even though it's not saying much, each team's respective win/loss record shows that Kansas City has been the better team of late. And if the last regular season game the Chiefs played in St. Louis is any indication, the Rams' home field advantage may be negated by a sizeable number of Chiefs' fans.
Prediction: Win (7-7)
Week 16 – Tennessee Titans
The last time the Titans came to Kansas City, it was nothing short of a nightmare for the Chiefs. They lost the game 34-10. They got steamrolled on the ground, giving up 168 rushing yards to Chris Johnson and 149 yards to the far-slower LenDale White. Worst of all, they lost both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard to season-ending injuries.
Can Young continue winning ways at Arrowhead?
It's hard to imagine things going that badly again this time. But it's also hard to imagine the Chiefs having much of an answer for Johnson, who last season became just the sixth running back in NFL history to rush for over 2000 yards in a season.
The Titans' greatest strength is their rushing attack, and the Chiefs' greatest weakness is their run defense. Expecting them to overcome such a big hurdle is just too tall a task.
Prediction: Loss (7-8)
Week 17 – Oakland Raiders
For the first time since 2006, the Chiefs get to finish out the regular season at home. And this year, in an attempt to keep teams that have already clinched division titles from resting their starters in the final game, the last week of the season will feature nothing but divisional games.
Campbell exchanging beatings from Washington to Oakland.
We've already predicted the Chiefs to keep their winning streak at Oakland alive. But the Raiders have begun a road streak of their own in this series, winning their last three games in Kansas City.
If, as predicted, the Chiefs can win seven games by this point in the season, then there will be no doubting that they've made considerable progress in 2010. But a home loss to the Raiders in the final game of the season will leave a sour taste that's capable of overshadowing some of those positive gains.
However, we're picking the Chiefs to end the Raiders' success at Arrowhead and finish the season on a high note.
Prediction: Win (8-8)