December 5, 2021

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Chiefs have toughest remaining strength of schedule in NFL after Week 7

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Kansas City Chiefs when it comes to the opponents they’ll face in the remainder of the season.

Ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL season, ESPN ranked the Chiefs with one of the most difficult schedules in the league. Through seven games and with 10 left to go, it looks like they were right.

Opponents the Chiefs have faced so far have a 26-22 record on the season. The majority of AFC conference opponents are all squarely in the AFC playoff picture. If you take out the two NFC East opponents KC has played, opponents have a 22-12 record on the year.

Moving forward, the Chiefs will face opponents with a 41-26 overall record on the year, which amounts to a .612 opponent win percentage and the toughest remaining strength of schedule in the league. The worst part of this is that only two AFC teams who are considered contention for playoffs spots (Browns and Ravens) are among the top 10 teams in terms of the remaining strength of schedule. Adding insult to injury, no AFC West opponent has a remaining schedule with over a .500 win percentage.

Here is the remaining opponent win percentage for the rest of the league and where their strength of schedule ranks through the last 10 weeks of the season:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: .612
  2. Carolina Panthers: .591
  3. Minnesota Vikings: .589
  4. Cleveland Browns: .588
  5. San Francisco 49ers: .568
  6. Baltimore Ravens: .567
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers: .547
  8. New Orleans Saints: .542
  9. Detroit Lions: .537
  10. Green Bay Packers: .529
  11. Los Angeles Rams: .515
  12. Washington Football Team: .515
  13. Seattle Seahawks: .515
  14. Cincinnati Bengals: .515
  15. Indianapolis Colts: .515
  16. Chicago Bears: .500
  17. Las Vegas Raiders: .500
  18. Denver Broncos: .493
  19. Atlanta Falcons: .493
  20. New England Patriots: .492
  21. Dallas Cowboys: .486
  22. New York Giants: .485
  23. Arizona Cardinals: .471
  24. Houston Texans: .455
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: .452
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: .446
  27. Los Angeles Chargers: .440
  28. Miami Dolphins: .439
  29. New York Jets: .438
  30. Buffalo Bills: .403
  31. Philadelphia Eagles: .379
  32. Tennessee Titans: .379

The Chiefs still have a chance to dig themselves out of their early-season hole and make the playoffs, but it’s not going to be easy. Plus, they’ve left themselves very little room for error along the way.

While the Chiefs get another 2-5 NFC East team this week in the Giants, just around the corner is perhaps the toughest three-game stretch of the year. They’ll face the Packers (6-1) in Week 9, travel to the Raiders (5-2) in Week 10 and wrap things up with the Cowboys (5-1) in Week 11 just before the bye week. If they’re going to control their own fate heading into the playoffs, winning during that stretch will be vital.