Chiefs have 22 toughest schedule based on opposing QBs

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) chat after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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No one can really know how tough an NFL team’s schedule will be in the 2022 season until games start.

Every year, some teams fall short of high expectations (example: Baltimore Ravens in 2021), while others exceed forecasts (example: Cincinnati Bengals a year ago).

We already know the Kansas City Chiefs have a schedule unprecedented in NFL history due to their tough first series of games. One metric shows the Chiefs have by far the toughest schedule overall.

A new ranking of NFL schedules from Mike Sando of The Athletic shows the Chiefs have the toughest road to travel. This schedule strength is based on this site’s quarterback rankings, which have been categorized into tiers.

The Chiefs will face a top quarterback in five games (including two games against Justin Herbert and the Chargers) and seven games against Tier 2 quarterbacks (including two against Russell Wilson and the Broncos and Derek Carr and the Raiders ).

Here is an excerpt from what Sando wrote: “The Chiefs are playing 12 games against 1-2 level quarterbacks, four more than last season. No other team plays more than 10. That leaves Kansas City with a league-low five games against 3-4 level quarterbacks. The Chiefs’ AFC West schedule has become tougher as Justin Herbert moved to Tier 1, Derek Carr moved to Tier 2 and Russell Wilson joined the division. The AFC West teams are drawing their 17th NFC South games this season, which means the first-place Chiefs will face the first-place Buccaneers, which is why Tom Brady is also on the schedule.

The Chiefs’ schedule standings aren’t affected by the Browns’ situation (Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett or another quarterback). But the schedules of the other three AFC West teams would be slightly less difficult if Watson were out more than six games for Cleveland.

This story was originally published August 2, 2022 10 a.m.

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