2014 AFC West Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2014 | 0

Yesterday (August 31, 2014) we reviewed the schedules of both the AFC North and AFC South, and things were looking quite easy. However, today we’ll break down the schedules of the AFC West, and the future is looking quite a bit tougher.

Let’s take a look at how the West stacks up against the competition in 2014:

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Denver Broncos:

After steamrolling the competition before falling short in the Super Bowl last year, the Broncos return an absolutely stacked squad this year. They got better on defense, and they’re going to need it. After facing a schedule packed with powder puffs in 2013, the honeymoon is over for Peyton Manning and company. Denver has the league’s second-hardest schedule according to ESPN, and it includes trips into Seattle, New England, Kansas City, and San Diego. With their opponents possessing a lofty .570 winning percentage last year, the Broncos will have a much more arduous road to the Super Bowl this time year.

Broncos Regular-Season Schedule (all times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 23, San Diego, 8:25 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at New England, 4:25 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, Miami, 4:25 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, Buffalo, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Week 16: Monday, Dec. 22, at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

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Kansas City Chiefs:

The Chiefs turned things around in a big way in 2013, going from 2-14 to 11-5 and making the playoffs in head coach Andy Reid’s first year with the team. That success may be difficult to repeat in 2014, as the Chiefs will face the league’s 7th hardest schedule. Early season away games at Denver and San Francisco will make getting off to a head start tough, and games against talented NFC West opponents Seattle and Arizona will provide more than a challenge for the now depleted Chiefs offensive line. They have a decent amount of talent to work with in 2014, but this year will truly test just how good the Chiefs really are.

Chiefs Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, at Miami, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Monday, Sept. 29, New England, 8:30 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, Seattle, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 20, at Oakland, 8:25 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, Denver, 8:30 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Oakland, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, San Diego, 1 p.m.

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San Diego Chargers:

After making a late playoff push and advancing to the divisional round before losing to the Broncos, the Chargers are expecting even more success in 2014. They have a loaded offense under longtime leader Philip Rivers, and their defense got better in the offseason (at least on paper). Just like their AFC rivals, the Chargers have an excruciatingly hard schedule; one that ranks as the 4th toughest in the NFL. Away games at Arizona, Denver, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Kansas City will make a repeat of last year improbable, but don’t count the Chargers out just yet.

Week 1: Monday, Sept. 8, at Arizona, 10:20 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28, Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, NY Jets, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, Kansas City, 4:05 p.m.
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 23, at Denver, 8:25 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, New England, 8:30 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 20, at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

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Oakland Raiders:

The Raiders definitely have the deck stacked against them heading into 2014. They’ll face the most difficult schedule in the NFL, and that’s without even knowing who their starting quarterback is. Head coach Dennis Allen is on the hot seat, and he’s in the wrong division to do it. They’ll have to fly across the country to face both New York and New England, and then they’ll still have to fly into Seattle before trips to Denver, Kansas City, and San Diego. On paper, this is shaping up to be an absolutely brutal year for the Raiders.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.



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