Bye weeks are a fickle thing in the NFL. If they come too early, it’s almost like a full season with no rest. If they come too late, they seem pointless. The Kansas City Chiefs fall into that latter category in 2019.
They are one of four teams in the league that will play the first 11 weeks of this coming season without a bye, as Jason Guilbault of Lineups.com points out.
It’s better to have the bye week late than early; it can be a time for the Chiefs to recuperate with only a few games remaining in the regular season. Yet, Kansas City would much rather have that time off a couple of weeks sooner to guard against injuries and fatigue.
The Chiefs will host the Oakland Raiders coming out of their bye week on Dec. 1.
Kansas City is coming off a terrific 2018 campaign in which it won 12 games and captured the AFC West Division title. The Chiefs also finished with the top seed in the AFC, locking down a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Patrick Mahomes and Co. then went on to defeat the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round before losing an overtime thriller to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game the following week.
It marked the first time since the 1993-94 campaign that Kansas City had made the conference title game.
The Chiefs have made four straight postseason appearances.