Chiefs Links: Key 2010 games are expected to be announced on Monday

From Pro Football Talk:

Though the official 2010 regular-season schedule won’t be unveiled until April, the annual league meetings traditionally feature a partial lifting of the tarp.

Specifically, we’ll learn — most likely on Monday — the participants in the prime-time games to be played during Week One and the three games to be played on Thanksgiving.

We already know that the season will begin with the Saints hosting a game on Thursday, September 9.  With Steelers president Art Rooney II saying last week that his team won’t be the road team, the only other compelling opponent on the Superdome slate is the Vikings.

The early Monday night game will be hosted by the Jets.  If recent trends hold, it will be an AFC East foe.  Our guess is that it’ll be the Dolphins.

While I am not ruling out that the Chiefs will get a prime time game this season, we likely won’t find out Monday. The Chiefs don’t play the Saints next year so they won’t be in the opener. The Jets will be hosting the early week 1 Monday night game in their new stadium and the Chiefs don’t play them either. The Thanksgiving games that will be announced will involve the Lions and Cowboys, two more teams the Chief won’t face.

The only hope is that the Chiefs will be involved in the late Monday night game in week 1. That game usually features a west coast team taking on a division rival. I think we can rule out a Raiders, Chiefs contest. Out only hope is a Chargers, Chiefs game. The Raiders played the Charges last season in this slot, however, so it is unlikely the game will feature the AFC West.

I have a feeling the Chiefs will return to Monday Night Football this season but we may have to wait until April to find out when.

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