The Kansas City Chiefs rebounded in a big way in 2013, and the schedule was certainly a factor. The Chiefs played a last-place schedule and the weak AFC South and NFC East. The 2014 schedule is not nearly as favorable.
With games against the AFC East, the NFC West and a second-place schedule against the rest, the Chiefs' 2014 schedule is a tough one. The Chiefs will hope to avoid a setback, but a 10-win season is going to be much harder to achieve.
Coaching stability should help the Chiefs in 2014, but the team lost a lot more in free agency than it gained. That should come back to the Chiefs in the form of compensatory draft picks next year but won't help them win games this season.
The draft could be very important to the Chiefs—especially their first-round draft pick. Without a pick in the second round, the Chiefs need their first-round pick to have more instant success.
Here's what the Chiefs are up against in 2014 along with early projections of how those games might pan out.