Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium during the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Will Have 7th Hardest Schedule in 2014 According to NFL

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If there was any question about the Kansas City Chiefs strength of schedule last season as the reason they went 9-0 to start the year, that won’t happen again. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport’s twitter feed, the Chiefs will have the seventh most difficult schedule this year.


In fact, the four teams in the AFC West are all in the top seven, with the Oakland Raiders having the most difficult schedule this year.


Keep in mind, this stat is based on the Chiefs opponents’ records from the 2013 season. Of course, at first look, their 2013 schedule appeared much more difficult than it ended up being. Facing a perennial playoff team like the New York Giants, a powerhouse like the Houston Texans and an elite quarterback like RGIII and the Washington Redskins proved to be much more difficult on paper than on the field as the Chiefs beat those teams handily.

That’s not to say that the teams the Chiefs will face in 2014 will follow suit. With arguably the two best divisions in the NFL – the AFC West and the NFC West –  matched up against each other this year, you can imagine there will be some good football ahead. I don’t see teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks getting worse this off season.

It should be interesting to see how the Chiefs bounce back in year two of the Andy Reid era.

What do you think, Addicts? What does the Chiefs strength of schedule hold in store for the team this year?

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  • Bandit Ref

    But what will ESPN complain about then? We Jags have the 29th ranked schedule, which is going to make our 0-9 start that much sadder.

    • Chuck Burrell

      Haha. Gotta be able to laugh at your own team I suppose…

  • Tristian

    Your record dosent always indicate how good you are. Case and point: Denver. Putting up points on jacksonville indianapolis oakland and incredibly weak defenses on thier way to 13-3 being hailed as the greatest offense ever. And a great TEAM. Well anyone who wasnt blind knew the truth. Peyton Manning covered up the defensive flaws but he also played just ok teams the whole way. Tell me Denver was heads and shoulders better than all the AFC teams. I dont think so. They are barely better than KC and san Diego and even thats questionable. The difference is Manning. If you stop him u beat that team every single time. San Diego finished 9-7 and yet barely lost to Denver. Seattle wasnt talked about all year and san fran was despite the hawks winning the division. In the end people were forced to acknowledge denver was overrated like they have been 2 years in a row. All im saying is this year because of the quality of opponents we will have a worse record but it will mean a better team. Im all for a tough schedule because that tells you more about your team than anything. Second half of the season chiefs didn’t respond well to adversity. Lets see if it motivated them for this year. We need a strong off season including OTA’s and minicamp and a strong draft and free agency. Im incredibly excited for this season. Go Chiefs!

    • Bigchief

      Right on good reply!

  • Chuck Burrell

    If the chiefs reach the playoff in ’14 they already would have played a majority of the playoff teams. So if their record ends up at 10-6 or better they’ll get in and they’ll know how they stack up against the leagues elite teams. If they get in, they’ll be dangerous

  • Travis Forsyth

    chiefs also have the #1 toughest schedule at home. As of right now, I’m going to say 9-7 in 2014 and thanks to the new playoff rule, the chiefs will make the playoffs.

    • Tony Parker

      Whats the new playoff rule?? heard rumors but didn’t know anything was implemented.

  • T.Hagen

    Let’s whip some donkey ass.