The Kansas City Chiefs schedule has some tough stretches and then some other moments when the team will be able to rest up during a hard year.
The Kansas City Chiefs just released their 2020 regular season schedule and, as tough as some matchups will be, the good news is that the Chiefs should find an oasis or two at key times to also rest up in the midst of it all.
The rigors of an NFL regular season schedule is already tough enough as it is, and it’s often called a war of attrition for good reason. Most players are playing through pain by season’s end, if they’re able to keep going at all, and every team finds their depth challenged at key spots due to the physical nature of the game over several months time.
What often helps teams during a season is the chance to rest during the bye—with each NFL team receiving one week off per season to break from the action. It’s often a time for players to spend time relaxing with families, and many injured players will often return coming off of such a break after having ample time to recuperate and make sure they’re ready to go.
This season, the Chiefs are going to have their bye week in Week 10, just after the midpoint of the season’s schedule. It’s perfectly timed in order for defending champs to take a breather before returning for the stretch run, especially since a team like K.C. is predicted to play a few more weeks than most teams with a strong postseason run.
What’s even better is that the Chiefs will also have two separate 10-day stretches in the schedule in which they will enjoy a mini-bye of sorts. The Chiefs kick off the season against the Houston Texans in Week 1 on Thursday Night Football. From there, they get 10 days before they must play again in Week 2 against the L.A. Chargers, giving them a nice long break after that opening round.
After the extra long break in early September, the Chiefs will receive the same again in mid-October. The downside is that the Chiefs are forced to travel to face the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 on Thursday Night Football on a short week, only four days after having hosted the Las Vegas Raiders. However, immediately following that game, the Chiefs will have another 10 days to rest up before traveling to Denver to face the Broncos later that month.
Given the number of injuries suffered by the Chiefs last season, these sorts of stretches offer some important opportunities for recovery and rest. While there are plenty of challenges, the Chiefs are deep, talented and experienced. Now they also have a schedule that will allow them to stop every month until the final stretch.