The NFL schedule is now out, and the Chiefs will be playing in five primetime games. Let’s take a closer look at the matchups.
The Kansas City Chiefs full 2019 schedule has now been released and, out of their 16 games, 5 of them have been selected as primetime matchups. With the potential for teams to have six primetime games, it’s likely one of the Chiefs games later in the season will be flexed into primetime.
But for now, here are the primetime games the Chiefs are scheduled to play (all times Central Time):
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1. Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6 – COLTS @ CHIEFS – 7:20 p.m.
2. Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 17 – CHIEFS @ BRONCOS – 7:20 p.m.
3. Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27 – PACKERS @ CHIEFS – 7:20 p.m.
4. Week 11: Monday, Nov. 18 – CHIEFS @ CHARGERS – 7:15 p.m. (Mexico City)
5. Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22 – CHIEFS @ BEARS – 7:20 p.m.
A surprising primetime snub is the matchup between the Chiefs and New England Patriots, which is scheduled to take place week 14 at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th. While there is still a chance that the game is flexed to Sunday Night Football, it’s highly unlikely given the fact that CBS and FOX own the right to protect 5 games between Weeks 11 and 16. Neither CBS nor FOX are likely to give up the week 14 marquee matchup.
COLTS @ CHIEFS
The first primetime game the Chiefs will be playing in is an AFC Divisional round rematch against the Indianapolis Colts. While the storyline last time the two teams met was filled with questions regarding whether or not the Chiefs could break the playoff curse, the storyline this time will be about a different “curse.”
Last year, the Chiefs went 2-4 in primetime; in big games during the regular season, they went 0-4. This year’s matchup against the Colts will be an opportunity for the Chiefs to prove that they can win against a strong opponent in the spotlight.
CHIEFS @ BRONCOS
The next primetime game the Chiefs will play will be a Thursday night matchup against the Denver Broncos. Not only have the Chiefs not lost to the Broncos since 2015, but also they have won 23 of their last 26 games against AFC West opponents. However, those three losses have all come on Thursday night. This will also be the first time the Chiefs will see Joe Flacco suit up under center for the Broncos.
PACKERS @ CHIEFS
For the Chiefs’ third primetime game of the season, they will get an extra three days to prepare for the Green Bay Packers. After playing Thursday night in Week 7, the Chiefs will take on the Packers on Sunday night during Week 8. The extra preparation will definitely benefit the Chiefs. Falling right in the middle of the season, this will be one of the more anticipated matchups of the season, as it will feature last year’s MVP in Patrick Mahomes and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
CHIEFS @ CHARGERS
The next primetime the Chiefs get is Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. This game is scheduled to be played in Mexico City. The Chiefs were also scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City last year on Monday night; however, that game was moved to Los Angeles at the last minute due to the field’s poor condition. This year, the NFL is hoping the field will be in better condition to feature the Chiefs and Chargers.
CHIEFS @ BEARS
The Chiefs’ final scheduled primetime game will be against the Chicago Bears. This will be another anticipated matchup as it will not only feature two quarterbacks from 2017’s draft class (Deshaun Watson being the other first rounder taken) in Patrick Mahomes and Mitchell Trubisky, but also head coaches Andy Reid and Matt Nagy. Bears head coach Matt Nagy previously served as an offensive coordinator for Andy Reid and the Chiefs. This will be the first opportunity, outside of last year’s preseason game, to see the two masterminds collide.
Even without the expected Chiefs vs. Patriots primetime matchup, the Chiefs primetime schedule is full of exciting games and highly anticipated matchups. Two of the Chiefs primetime games will be at home, and both of them will be on Sunday night. There is still potential for one more of the Chiefs games to be flexed into primetime, and there are plenty of matchups that could be flexed.