Schedule gives Chiefs the NFL’s biggest rest-day advantage

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The NFL’s schedule makers gave a boost to the Chiefs’ chances of repeating.

That’s because the Chiefs, to a greater extent than any team in the league, will be playing with more rest than their opponents.

As calculated by Lee Sharpe, the Chiefs have an advantage over their opponents of 10 net rest days over the course of the season. That’s the most in the NFL.

The Chiefs play on Thursday in Week One and then play on Sunday in Week Two. Their Week Two opponent, the Chargers, play on Sunday in Week One. That means the Chiefs have three more rest days than the Chargers in Week Two. The Chiefs also get an advantage of seven rest days from their Week 10 bye when they play the Raiders in Week 11. Over the rest of the season, the Chiefs’ short weeks and long weeks (after Thursday and Monday games) even out, and the Chiefs never play a team coming off its bye. So Kansas City ends the season with a +10 net rest day differential.

That’s particularly noteworthy for the Chiefs, as Andy Reid has a proven track record of having his teams play very well with extra time to prepare: Reid is 24-5 in his coaching career when his team is coming off a bye.

Count the schedule as one more reason to think the Chiefs are the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

14 responses to “Schedule gives Chiefs the NFL’s biggest rest-day advantage

  1. Of course, they have to make the Chiefs new darlings of the NFL since the patriots are on a serious slide

  2. More proof that the favored teams and players get most of the breaks and calls. You see it in the NFL, MLB, and the NBA. Penalties are rarely called on star players, they call fouls more on lesser players to protect stars, schedules seem to magically adjust to help them, too.

  3. The Chiefs earned 3 of those 10 days by winning the super bowl and being able to host the thursday night opener.

  4. Good! They deserve it. The super bowl winner should get some type of advantage. Since they were in the super bowl, they had a shorter off-season than the other teams, and then they got the last pick in each round of the draft.

  5. Yet the Chiefs are the only team in the NFL that play Back-To-Back Road Games in September, October, November and December. They don’t play two consecutive Home Games until Weeks 16 and 17.

  6. texans get that same 3 days and they didn’t even have to win the superbowl.

  7. trumpersaresnowflakes says:
    May 8, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    Of course, they have to make the Chiefs new darlings of the NFL since the patriots are on a serious slide
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    I keep hearing that the Pats are going down but I won’t believe it until I see it with my own eyes. As long as BB is the HC and McDaniels is the OC and finding opponents weaknesses and drawing up the plays to exploit them I think the Pats can still win the division, 90% of the time coaching means more than who the QB is.

    BTW you think Andy will let Bieniemy call more than a couple dozen plays this season?
    I know Eric is listed on paper as the OC but he doesn’t really have many OC duties! The only time I saw him call any plays was after the media brought up the fact Eric didn’t call any plays and even then Andy didn’t leave the playcard in his hands for very long, what maybe 2 series and then it was right back in Andy’s hands. I don’t like owners, GMs or HCs that micromanage their people, it shows they have no confidence in them and I think that is one of the things thats holding Eric back from getting a HC job because other teams can see it too.

  8. Mitch Kumstein says:
    May 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    Yet the Chiefs are the only team in the NFL that play Back-To-Back Road Games in September, October, November and December. They don’t play two consecutive Home Games until Weeks 16 and 17.
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    They most certainly do have back-to-back home games in Oct and Nov they are weeks 4 & 5 and weeks 8 & 9, also in Nov the back-to-back home games are followed with a bye week, but I guess you missed that though.

  9. And you got 13 thumbs up for false info, man there are a lot of know-nothings on this site!

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