Schedule is everything in the NFL. That's not good news for the Kansas City Chiefs, at least for this season.
According to a group of engineers from the University of Buffalo, the Chiefs have one of the toughest schedules in the league this year, at least according to the number of times a team has to play against teams coming off of a rest.
The Chiefs are among the most with three such games against rested teams. Washington has five such games this year, while six teams, including the Dolphins and Bengals, do not play a single game against a team coming off extra rest, in the form of a bye or a Thursday Night Football game.
Per the Yahoo! story:
This all might not seem like much, but it is a disadvantage. In a 16-game season in which playoff spots are almost always determined by just one game or tiebreakers, it's worth noting. When the engineers studied the issue they found that from 2009-13 a team's average winning percentage decreased by 3.77 percent against rested teams. In 2013 it was a decrease of about seven percent.
The engineers also looked at several other factors that make the NFL schedule complicated and failed to come up with a completely fair scenario given TV and stadium schedules. You can watch the complete presentation given at this year's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference below: