Fans React To The Chiefs Having To Start The Season Against Eight Straight Opponents With Winning Records

Unprecedented Chiefs First 8 Opponents Had Winning Records Last Year

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  • The Chiefs’ 2022 schedule starts out with eight straight opponents with winning records last year.
  • Kansas City will be the first team in the history of the NFL to face such a monumental task to begin a season.
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In an unprecedented twist of fate, the Kansas City Chiefs’ first eight opponents on their 2022 schedule will all have had winning records last season.

The Chiefs won’t play a team that had a losing record in 2021 until Week 10 of the NFL season when they face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)
Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts (9-8)
Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
Week 5: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills (11-6)
Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers (10-7)
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: vs. Tennessee Titans (12-5)

Every year the teams that finish in first place in their division, as the Chiefs did when they went 12-5 in 2021, have a tougher schedule than most. This, however, is a gauntlet that no NFL team has ever had to face before. Seven of the nine teams the Chiefs face to start the season made the playoffs in 2021.

The Chiefs’ schedule doesn’t get much easier in the second half of the season either

After getting a short reprieve against Jacksonville in Week 10, in Week 11 the Chiefs then have to go to Los Angeles to play the Chargers again. In Week 12, Kansas City then takes on the Rams who went 12-5 and won the Super Bowl. And then in Week 13, they get the Bengals, the team that beat them in the AFC Championship.

So in the Chiefs first 13 Weeks of the season in 2022 they will play only one team with a sub .500 record – and 10 of those games come against playoff teams. They also get the Broncos with the new addition of Russell Wilson in Weeks 14 and 17, and the Raiders for a second time in Week 18. (Seattle and Houston are their other two games.)

Overall, the first 12 games of the Chiefs’ 2022 schedule will be played against teams with a combined 116-71 record (.620). No, that’s not a joke.

NFL fans, and Chiefs fans in particular, had some very entertaining reactions to Kansas City’s brutal slate of opponents in 2022.