The Chiefs have an interesting and difficult road schedule this year.
I thought it would be enjoyable to look at which of these away games might be the best for fans to travel to and those that might not be so great. Some of my reasoning will have to do with opponent, travel distance, weather, and simply which games might be the most enjoyable for fans.
Take a gander and the best and the worst of the Chiefs away games.
Philip Rivers recently said he was excited to open the season against the Chiefs. He must be excited to open the season with a loss. The Chargers have lost eight straight meetings with the Chiefs. That’s four years since they have had a win against the Chiefs. I have seen little indication this offseason that the Chargers have made the necessary moves to get better.
In fact I think the argument can be made that the Chargers are worse now. They haven’t re-signed Tre Boston. They have yet to bring back plenty of depth players. Their key signings were Mike Pouncey and Virgil Green. Neither are exactly world-beaters.
There is a very strong chance that the Chiefs start off the season with a division road win and I think that’d be a blast to attend. It’s going to Patrick Mahomes first go as the starter and perhaps the birth of a new franchise quarterback in the NFL. That’s not something I would want to miss out on if I had the chance to attend.
Usually it seems like the Chiefs play in Denver in the dead center of winter and no one wants to travel out there for that game. However, this game takes place on October 1st and there is a strong possibility that the weather will be nice enough to make the journey. I have never myself been to mile high stadium, but I have been to Denver and I think it is a really cool city to explore.
It’s a Monday night game so you’ll potentially have a whole day to explore the city before the game. You can hit up Snooze AM Eatery in LODO for a little brunch. Check out a micro brew tour in the afternoon if you’re a beer fan. If you need a little more football in your life you can always take a look at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
As for the game you’re going to be getting your first look at Broncos new quarterback Case Keenum. I still think the Broncos are going to be the biggest threat to the Chiefs chances at winning the AFC West. So this game could go a long way in determining what the division is going to be like this year.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner the cold part of football season is going to creep up quickly. While you may not want to travel before the Holiday, it also could be a great idea to get out of a cold and snowy Kansas City. Make your way down to warm and sunny Mexico City for this powerhouse match-up.
Sure the travel distance and the price of this trip is going to be an expense, but this is also going to be a spectacle.
Marcus Peters will be facing his old team and the Rams are going to be rolling with the shiny new defense that they built through free agency. The Chiefs offense is going to have it’s work cut out for them in this competition, there’s just no other way to slice it. This game should prove to be one of the more exciting games of the season.
As much as I would love some sweet revenge against the Steelers for handing us that 2016 playoff loss, I just don’t know that we are going to see that happen at Heinz Field. The Steelers have one of the better home-field advantages in the league and this will be Mahomes’ second straight road game.
As far as weather is concerned this is the absolute perfect time to go to Pittsburgh. That said it’s not exactly on the top of the list to places you must travel to. You can get a decent cheesesteak there, but it doesn’t exactly hold it’s own to Philadelphia.
I’d be wary of this game even if the Chiefs win in week one. It feels like a bit of a trap game and no one wants to travel all the way out to Pennsylvania just to see the Chiefs lose.
This game is feeling shockingly like a trap game. I guess it all really comes down to whether Hue Jackson is capable of turning things around quickly after John Dorsey provides the pieces. I feel like the answer is no, but that team is going to be filled with an insane amount of talent this year.
November 4th has a historic average at a high of 56 and a low of 43 degrees. Not exactly the warmest or coldest weather to be watching a game in. You’ll likely want to bundle up for this one though.
Cleveland, like Pittsburgh, isn’t exactly a destination town for a vacation. There are certainly things to do, but I am not sure that I would go too much out of my way to attend this one.
I feel like a lot of people will disagree with me on this one. Potentially this could be the Chiefs last meeting against the Raiders in Oakland before their move to Las Vegas. I get it there is some nostalgia there. Also Oakland has some potential for nicer weather late in the season (or just a lot of rain and mud).
My reasoning behind not attending this game is simply the poor reputation of the fan base. I remember reading an article on Thrillest earlier this year about the worst fans in the NFL and Oakland ranked second on the list. Here is what they had to say about the fans and the experience in Oakland:
“No lie: I’ve literally seen guys in Broncos jerseys with police escorts walking through the parking lot at O.co. A stroll through the concourses is about as close to spending a night in the Alameda County Jail as anyone should ever get, though at least in jail there’s somebody making more than $12 an hour around to protect you.”
Personally this sounds a little bit harsh to me. I know some decent people who are Raiders fans, but I’ve also heard some horror stories from fans and players about the Raiders fan base. I remember seeing them throw Beer at Jamaal Charles after his multi-touchdown performance several years ago.
I’d likely avoid this game at all costs.