If history’s any indication, this team should benefit from the break. The Chiefs have produced multi-game win streaks in each of the past three seasons following the bye. A combination of extra days to prepare and time for injured players to recover has been a recipe for success for Kansas City in all but one of this regime’s four seasons. Given a weaker schedule over the next seven games, it seems highly probable to reoccur in 2017.
Of Kansas City’s next seven opponents, only one of them has a winning record (the 5-3 Buffalo Bills). It should also be noted that four of the last seven games take place inside the cozy confines of Arrowhead Stadium. It’s likely that the Chiefs will be favored in every regular season game remaining on the schedule. Winning five or six games the rest of the way is perfectly reasonable for the Chiefs. Should the team finish with 11 or 12 wins, it’s almost certain to own either the AFC’s No. 2 or No. 3 seeds. In either scenario, the team would play at least one game at home and have a shot at more with the upset of a higher seed.
One of the great dangers of an NFL season is a team peaking too early in the year. The second quarter of the season presented a host of challenges to the Kansas City Chiefs. The bye week, conversely, may afford them the opportunity to regroup and finish the regular season strong. Time will ultimately tell what affect, if any, it will have on a wilting Chiefs team that everyone thought in October could make an appearance in the Super Bowl.