The K.C. Chiefs are through the “gauntlet.”
Once the regular season schedule was revealed earlier this offseason, the Chiefs schedule was essentially referred to as before/after this very point. The first five games featured a series of AFC contenders, one right after the other—a veritable Who’s Who? of conference hopefuls. The Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, L.A. Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens are now all in the rearview mirror (at least one of those Charger meetings, at least) and now the Chiefs enter the “after” portion.
There was good reason to divide the schedule like that. While the first half was loaded with games that are likely going to come into play later in the year for playoff positioning in the conference, the rest of the schedule has other tough games peppered alongside some easier fare.
The AFC West is a typical cakewalk for the Chiefs ever since Andy Reid arrived, and no one was going to take the New York Giants visiting Arrowhead all that seriously either. The same can be said for the Cincinnati Bengals late in the year.
Still that doesn’t mean the Chiefs can expect to just saunter their way through the rest of the regular season schedule. (We’re not even sure what sauntering would even mean.) Let’s look at the toughest matchups remaining for K.C.