You’d think that the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs would have a tough slate in 2020, but that’s not the case at all.
The Kansas City Chiefs will look to run it back in 2020 and win a second straight Super Bowl title and their schedule could allow for that to happen.
According to Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report, the Chiefs have the eighth easiest schedule in 2020.
"They face just two opponents projected to win double-digit games (only five teams face fewer), and those games are separated by three months.There aren’t as many pushovers as the teams above will enjoy, but there are also no glaringly tough stretches for Kansas City."
The Chiefs won the AFC West for the fourth straight year, meaning they’ll face the other first place teams from around the AFC. That gives them the Ravens and Texans, as they’d have faced the Patriots either way since the AFC West and AFC East play each other this year.
It’s also the AFC West’s year to play the NFC South, which is the ONLY reason the Chiefs’ schedule is even remotely difficult, as that forces them to play the Saints and Bucs. Tampa Bay wouldn’t normally be a team that is considered difficult, but they had a big transformation this offseason and get the Chiefs on their home field near the end of the season.
While Kansas City does have a relatively easy schedule, I don’t agree with Gagnon when he says that the Chiefs don’t have a tough stretch throughout the course of the season.
After their bye week in week ten, the Chiefs play four of their next five games on the road, including games in Las Vegas then immediately flying to Tampa Bay the next week. They get a home game against Denver in the middle of this stretch, then travel to Miami and New Orleans in back to back weeks. That’s a pretty tough stretch if you ask me.
Otherwise, it should be pretty smooth sailing for the defending champs as they look to defend their title. Sure, they have a few hard games against the Ravens and Saints, but it’s hard to see this team not getting at least 12 wins yet again unless a major injury occurs (knock on wood please).
The teams who Gagnon considered to have easier schedules than the Chiefs were (in order of easiest) the Colts, Browns, Titans, Ravens, Chargers, Steelers, and Bears.
What do you think of the Chiefs’ schedule? Is there a stretch of games that worries you or do you think it should be a pretty easy run for the champs?