With parity king in the NFL, each and every opponent is just as important as the next. The draft, free agency, sudden spikes in player production and luck all play a part in how each team will stack up to the others around the league.
While it is never wise to look past a particular team on the schedule, recent history and when games are actually played make it difficult not to circle certain opponents on the slate. It isn’t so much looking ahead; rather, it is that those games simply mean a bit more than the others for various reasons.
The Kansas City Chiefs' 2012 schedule seems to be filled with games that, when all is said and done, potentially could end up being very crucial to the team’s goal of making a return trip to the postseason as AFC West champs.
Here are the most crucial games from each quarter of the Chiefs’ 2012 season.