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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Schedule Breakdown Weeks 1-4

The Kansas City Chiefs will start the season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. It will be the second year in a row the Chiefs start the season on the road. Last year the Chiefs swept the season series with the Chargers. Phillip Rivers has struggled against the Chiefs throughout his career. In 25 match-ups he has 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions and an average of 245 yards per game. The Chargers are expected to improve this season and it could be an interesting match-up week #1.

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The second game will be on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season the Chiefs faced the Steelers in week #6. The Steelers won the game 19-13 which ended the Chiefs five game winning streak to start the season. The Chiefs have struggled with the Steelers in recent seasons. The Steelers have won six of the last seven match-ups with the Chiefs. The Steelers have not lost a game to the Chiefs in Pittsburgh since 1986. The Steelers will be a tough match-up for the Chiefs in the early part of the season.

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The Chiefs home opener will be week #3 against the San Francisco 49ers. It is the latest home opener for the Chiefs since the 2007 season. The last time the Chiefs faced the 49ers was in 2014 when they lost 22-17. Jimmy Garoppolo will be the 49ers starter at quarterback this season. The Chiefs faced Garoppolo in 2014 when he replaced Tom Brady in the Chiefs 41-14 win over the Patriots. Garoppolo went 6/7 for one touchdown in that game. The 49ers should be one of the most improved teams this season and will be an interesting test for the Chiefs.

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The fourth game will be on the road against the Denver Broncos. Last year the Chiefs swept their season series against the Broncos. Patrick Mahomes made his starting debut in Denver last season. He went 22/35 for 284 yards and one interception. Mahomes led a 67-yard drive in the last minutes of the game to set up a game winning Harrison Butker field goal. The game was Mahomes first opportunity to get valuable playing time against first-string defenses. Denver is a tough place to play but Mahomes played well last season. Mahomes will need to improve on his performance last season in the week #4 match-up.

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