Chiefs on Bad Side of NFL History, Based on 2022 Schedule

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We knew the Kansas City Chiefs would have one of the toughest 2022 regular-season schedules based on the 2021 records of the opponents on their schedule and the projected win totals of those teams next season. But Kansas City was put on the wrong side of NFL history when the league announced the official schedule on May 12.

Here is the Chiefs’ official 2022 regular-season schedule:

  • Week 1: @ Arizona Cardinals
  • Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Thursday Night Football)
  • Week 3: @ Indianapolis Colts
  • Week 4: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday Night Football)
  • Week 5: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (Monday Night Football)
  • Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Week 7: @ San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 8: Bye
  • Week 9: vs. Tennessee Titans (Sunday Night Football)
  • Week 10: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Week 11: @ Chargers
  • Week 12: vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Week 13: @ Cincinnati Bengals
  • Week 14: @ Denver Broncos (Sunday Night Football)
  • Week 15: @ Houston Texans
  • Week 16: vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • Week 17: vs. Broncos
  • Week 18: @ Raiders

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So what puts the Chiefs on the wrong side of history, you ask? According to Elias Sports Bureau, Kansas City is the first team in NFL history to start the season with eight straight games against teams that had a winning record in the previous season. The combined record of the first eight teams on the defending AFC West champions’ 2022 schedule is 85-51.

Granted, NFL teams change drastically — for better or worse — on a year-to-year basis. But whether it’s based on last season’s win totals or next season’s projections, the odds don’t favor Kansas City at this point.

Twitter Reacts to Chiefs’ Schedule

Twitter users reacted to Kansas City’s 2022 regular-season schedule.

“The biggest surprise of the Chiefs’ 2022 schedule is that the KC vs. BUF game isn’t in prime time,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Lots of discussion about Chiefs schedule. My thoughts are same every season. No team is the same as it was season before. They all change. No way to know if a schedule is tough/soft until games are played. Besides, to be the best you must beat the rest. GO CHIEFS 2022!” another user wrote.

My biggest takeaway from the #Chiefs 2022 schedule is that they won’t have any games flexed until Week 15. Which is pretty wild, but they only have two games at noon before that which I think is unprecedented by a significant margin,” another user wrote

“Bucs, cardinals, niners and bengals on the road is a tough out of division/conference slate to track through but we should be ok,” another user wrote.

“Wish Jags and Chargers were swapped. Then you’d have a bye, Titans, Chargers, and another bye right before the Rams,” another user wrote.

Andy Reid Shares Thoughts on Rookie Minicamp

Rookie minicamp for the Chiefs took place from May 7 to 9. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid shared his thoughts on how the three-day event went for Kansas City’s young players, and the benefits it provides for them.

“It’s a good foundation for the young guys that are coming back. Not everybody is making the team, obviously, that was out here,” Reid said on May 9. “The ones that are coming back at least in a week, they’ll be able to hit the ground running, know the snap count. I mean, you’re down to the basics: snap count, how to get in the huddle, what the coverages are, fronts. It’s good.”

With rookie minicamp officially over, next up on Kansas City’s offseason schedule is organized team activities (OTAs) on May 25-26. After a three-day break, the team will meet again for more OTAs from May 31 to June 2. Their last set of OTAs will be from June 7 to 10.

After OTAs, the last time the Chiefs meet before summer break will be for mandatory minicamp from June 14 to 16.


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