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3 initial observations of the Chiefs’ 2024 schedule

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By: Ron Kopp

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A few things that stood out about how the regular season campaign lays out for Kansas City.

The 17-game regular season schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs is now known, with dates, times and broadcast information official.

Our Pete Sweeney shared some instant analysis on the announced schedule, including the early bye week in Week 6 and the variety of primetime games the Chiefs will be featured in.

He also noted the late-season stretch that squeezes Kansas City into three games over 10 days. That is one part of a much bigger takeaway from the Chiefs’ schedule — and it’s the first of three observations detailed here:

The second half of the schedule will be very competitive

Once the Chiefs pass the midway mark of the 2024 season, the majority of the games project to have playoff implications.

After Week 9, the Chiefs’ remaining nine games will feature eight teams in the AFC; four matchups will be against an AFC West opponent. The other conference foes include projected playoff contenders like the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans.

These teams will present tough matchups at any point in the upcoming season, but the playoff stretch will turn the intensity of all these games up a notch. Two of the three games are also on the road, but Buffalo and Cleveland can have their own home-field advantages in November and December.

It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs coasting into the postseason this year.

Two early stretches away from home

After starting the season with two games at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will only play once in front of their home fans in 48 days following the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

From September 16 through November 3, the only game at Arrowhead Stadium will be a matchup with the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football” on October 7. The first of the two road trips includes a lot of travel, going from the Atlanta Falcons in primetime on Sunday evening to the Los Angeles Chargers on the West Coast.

Then, after a bye week, the Chiefs return to California for games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Las Vegas Raiders. The miles could rack up on Kansas City, playing in three different time zones over five weeks.

Arrowhead Stadium gets another chance to torment Derek Carr in primetime

Chiefs fans will get four opportunities to pack Arrowhead Stadium for a primetime game, but one matchup may be the most anticipated because of the history with an opposing quarterback.

The Saints and starting quarterback Derek Carr will travel to Kansas City for a matchup on national television. This will be the first time Carr will return to Arrowhead since leaving the Raiders in free agency last offseason.

In fact, the last time Carr played the Chiefs was Week 5 of the 2022 season — a memorable game also on “Monday Night Football.” The game is best known for defensive tackle Chris Jones sacking Carr in front of a deafening crowd, only for referee Carl Cheffers to kill the buzz and penalize Jones for unnecessary roughness.

Overall, Carr has a 1-6 record as a starter in Arrowhead Stadium. The only win came in 2020, the COVID-impacted season that prevented a full crowd from taunting the gunslinger. Now an NFC opponent, Chiefs fans may get only one last shot to torment the 33-year-old Carr before the end of his career as a starter.

Originally posted on Arrowhead Pride