The NFL released the entire regular season schedule for 2013 and the Kansas City Chiefs will open up on the road against the rebuilding Jacksonville Jaguars.
Andy Reid’s first home game will come in Week 2 when the Chiefs welcome the Dallas Cowboys to Arrowhead Stadium. That NFC East opponent will be just a warm up for the main event, a showdown with Reid’s old team, the Eagles, in Philadelphia on national television the third week of the season.
Just for good measure, the Chiefs will follow up the Eagles game by hosting Eli Manning and the New York Giants. They won’t finish their tour of the NFC East until Week 14 when they travel to take on the Washington Redskins.
The Chiefs don’t face a division rival until Week 6 when the Oakland Raiders come to town. It’s then another month before an AFC West matchup Week 11 in Denver against the Broncos. That kicks off a stretch of three-straight division games and five of seven to finish the season.
All in all, there’s a lot to like about the Chiefs schedule. It’s the fifth weakest strength of schedule with their opponents 2012 winning percentage sitting at .473. The downside to that is three of the teams with easier schedules are the Raiders (.469), Chargers (.457) and Broncos (.430, easiest in the league).
Before anyone wants to hand Peyton Manning a Super Bowl trophy, the last seven years the team with the easiest strength of schedule has only made the playoffs twice (2012 Patriots, 2006 Bears).