The NFL has released the 2012 schedule. The Kansas City Chiefs will get two primetime games, back-to-back and both on the road.
The season starts out at Arrowhead with a tough matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Here is the schedule:
Week 1: 9/9, Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET
Tough start for the Chiefs. The Falcons are a tough team to beat and they don’t lose many games in the regular season. If KC can win this one, they’ll make a strong statement that they are for real in 2012.
Week 2: 9/16, @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET
Another year, another game against the Bills. Can the Chiefs avenge their loss (and the loss of Eric Berry) when they travel to Buffalo? They’d better if they want any shot at the playoffs.
Week 3: 9/23, @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. ET
The Saints and Falcons in the first three weeks? Ouch. It will be tough for the Chiefs to emerge 2-1 in their first three games. Are they up to the challenge? We’ll know a lot about this team right away.
Week 4: 9/30, San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m. ET
The Chiefs have been able to deal with the Chargers at Arrowhead in recent years but it hasn’t been easy. With two tough games in their first three, this is a game the Chiefs have to have.
Week 5: 10/7, Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET
The Ravens come back to Arrowhead and the Chiefs will get a chance to avenge their 2010 playoff loss. By the time this game rolls around, we’ll know if the Chiefs are ready to play with the big boys.
Week 6: 10/14, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET
The Chiefs take a trip to Florida before their bye week. This is a winnable game and the Chiefs had better win it.
Week 7: BYE
Great, middle-of-the-year bye.
Week 8: 10/28, Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Chiefs will get a chance at more revenge at Arrowhead in late October. The Raiders ended KC’s playoff hopes last season.
Week 9: 11/1, @ San Diego Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET
KC plays the Chargers in primetime for the third straight year. This time, KC has to go to San Diego. A sweep of Philip Rivers and the Dolts will go a long way toward sending KC to the postseason.
Week 10: 11/12, @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Todd Haley revenge game in primetime. The Chiefs have to go to Pittsburgh on MNF to face Haley’s wrath. This is the day after my wedding.
Week 11: 11/18, Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET
KC returns home after two tough road games in primetime. They have to beat the Bengals.
Week 12: 11/25, Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. ET
Peyton Manning comes to KC for the first time as a Bronco. The Chiefs need to make him pay for snubbing him.
Week 13: 12/2, Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET
The Panthers should be improved but this starts an easier stretch for the Chiefs. They can’t lose to Cam Newton at Arrowhead.
Week 14: 12/9, @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET
It is never easy going to Cleveland but the Chiefs have better come back from this one with a W.
Week 15: 12/16, @ Oakland Raiders, 4:15 p.m. ET
Can the Raiders spoil KC’s playoff hopes two Decembers in a row?
Week 16: 12/23, Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET
Arrowhead. Andrew Luck. Intimidate. Intimidate. Win.
Week 17: 12/30, @ Denver Broncos, 4:15 p.m. ET
The season finale in Mile High, against Peyton Manning? Yuck. If the division is on the line, this would be a sweet, sweet way for the Chiefs to bring home the AFC West crown…by going to Denver and taking it from Manning.
Ok, Addicts. Those are my initial thoughts. What are yours?