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By: Pete Sweeney

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Kansas City’s schedule comes with eight standalone game.

The 2024 Kansas City Chiefs’ regular-season schedule is here!

2024 Schedule

Wk
1
Thu
Sep 5
Ravens GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 PM
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 15
Bengals GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 PM
Wk
3
Sun
Sep 22
@Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta
NBC
7:20 PM
Wk
4
Sun
Sep 29
@Chargers SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
CBS
3:25 PM
Wk
5
Mon
Oct 7
Saints GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
ESPN
7:15 PM
Wk
6
BYE
Wk
7
Sun
Oct 20
@49ers Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA
FOX
3:25 PM
Wk
8
Sun
Oct 27
@Raiders Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
CBS
3:25 PM
Wk
9
Mon
Nov 4
Buccaneers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
ESPN
7:15 PM
Wk
10
Sun
Nov 10
Broncos GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 PM
Wk
11
Sun
Nov 17
@Bills Highmark Stadium
Orchard Park, NY
CBS
3:25 PM
Wk
12
Sun
Nov 24
@Panthers Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
CBS
12:00 PM
Wk
13
Fri
Nov 29
Raiders GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Amazon
2:00 PM
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 8
Chargers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 PM
Wk
15
Sun
Dec 15
@Browns Browns Stadium
Cleveland
CBS
12:00 PM
Wk
16
Sat
Dec 21
Texans GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
NBC
12:00 PM
Wk
17
Wed
Dec 25
@Steelers Acrisure Stadium
Pittsburgh
Netflix
12:00 PM
Wk
18
TBA @Broncos Empower Field
Denver
CBS
TBA

The biggest game on the schedule: Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals at 3:25 p.m.

Here’s the fortunate truth for Chiefs fans: when you’re the back-to-back Super Bowl champions, it becomes awfully difficult to choose the “biggest game on the schedule.”

In the era before quarterback Patrick Mahomes, this was easy: pick the first game on the schedule against the Denver Broncos. Later, as the Chiefs had more divisional success, it could be a team like the Indianapolis Colts or Pittsburgh Steelers. Toward the end of Alex Smith’s run as quarterback — as the team transitioned to Mahomes — it was the New England Patriots or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kansas City has been on top of the mountain for more than 26 months. I don’t know if there is an authentic “biggest” regular-season game for them anymore. But this is our yearly exercise, so my hand is forced. I’m going with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.

Two — and only two — quarterbacks have managed to stop Mahomes in the postseason. The color commentator for the Super Bowl rematch (another fair choice) in Week 7, Tom Brady, who is retired, is one of them. The other is Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow and Mahomes traded AFC Championship wins in 2021 and 2022, in which the Bengals slipped up against the Los Angeles Rams and the Chiefs finished the job against the Philadelphia Eagles. Week 17 of the 2023 season was thought to be the perfect time to pit Mahomes against Burrow — because given the timing, there was a decent chance the contest could determine the No. 1 seed in the conference.

It was not to be. Burrow lost his season in November due to a torn wrist ligament. Although Cincinnati performed admirably under Jake Browning, Kansas City won 25-17.

I don’t think there’s a “biggest game” for this team anymore. But if I have to choose, give me the matchup against the quarterback who some NFL fans would claim is the only active player who has proven he can go toe-to-toe with Mahomes with the season on the line.

Close behind: As noted, the Chiefs have a rematch with the San Francisco 49ers on their schedule in Week 7. The AFC Championship rematch against the Baltimore Ravens takes place on opening night (more below), and they go up against the Buffalo Bills in Week 11.

Odds and ends: The Chiefs begin the NFL season on Thursday night, September 5, on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium against the Ravens (they have opened as 3-point favorites, according to DraftKings Sportsbook).

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Rapid analysis

The Chiefs have five primetime games as part of eight standalone games.

The standalone games happen on opening night hosting the Ravens (Week 1), “Sunday Night Football” visiting the Atlanta Falcons (Week 3), “Monday Night Football” hosting the New Orleans Saints (Week 5), “Monday Night Football” hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 9), Black Friday hosting the Las Vegas Raiders (Week 13), “Sunday Night Football” against the Los Angeles Chargers (Week 14), Saturday afternoon hosting the Houston Texans (Week 16) and Christmas Day visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 17).

It could be argued that this is one of the more unique NFL schedules of all time, considering the Chiefs will play on six different days of the week; the only day they are not scheduled for is Tuesday.

Finding proper rest might be a challenge for the Chiefs. Kansas City has a Week 6 bye week — the earliest it has been in a long time — and it will face the Denver Broncos (Week 10), Raiders (Week 13), Texans (Week 16) and Steelers (Week 17) on short rest. The three matchups from Weeks 15 to 17 will take place over the course of 10 days.

The Chiefs’ division matchups are sprinkled throughout the schedule, except for Weeks 13-14, when they play the Raiders and Chargers back to back. Kansas City actually has five games scheduled with a Noon start time, a breath of fresh air after seeing only two at this time last season.

As mentioned, from a technical schedule standpoint, the Chiefs have five primetime games and can be flexed into as many as seven — or out entirely. Flex scheduling takes place from Weeks 11-17.

Strength of schedule

The Chiefs play the 17th toughest schedule in the league in 2024, according to their opponents’ 2023 records.

Originally posted on Arrowhead Pride