The Kansas City Chiefs schedule was for 2017 is out with a league-high six primetime games and a brutal October stretch.
All of the excitement of the 2017 season hit fans on Thursday night like a freight train. Twitter exploded with the reactions to the NFL releasing their 17-week schedule starting on Sept. 7 and ending on New Year’s Eve. The reason it is a much more popular time is because of those limited amount of games during the season.
For some fans, now is the time to pull out the calendars and see what one or two games they have the best shot at getting in the stadium to see. Chiefs fans can look forward to less than half of their games in the early time slot this season. There is something about seeing a game under the lights that ramps up the excitement. It also gives fans a better time to tailgate, which we all know KC parking lots are famous for such.
Let’s break down the matchups and see just how well the Chiefs can do this season.
Week 1: at New England Patriots
Thursday, Sept. 7 – 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Opening the season is likely the toughest game on the schedule. No doubt about it, the Patriots are always a threat to win the Super Bowl. Playing in Foxborough is no picnic, but opening the season is a whole other animal. Teams don’t give away much on film in the preseason and Bill Belichick is known to change things up from season to season. The Chiefs won’t have much of a leg up in the film room. The Patriots will also be hanging their banner and the crowd will be ferocious. If the Chiefs can come away with a victory here, it puts them in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Sept. 17 – 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
Philadelphia started out hot last year, but eventually the lack of weapons for Carson Wentz caught up with him. That department hasn’t vastly improved for the Eagles so far this offseason. The Chiefs are a more talented team that could run away with this one. There is something that will keep the game close. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson knows Alex Smith and the offense very well. He was the offensive coordinator for three years in Kansas City. This game will likely turn into a defensive battle and, as long as Smith doesn’t commit any turnovers, the Chiefs should come out with a win.
Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday, Sept. 24 – 4:25 pm ET (CBS)
The soccer stadium in Los Angeles will probably be half red for this Week 3 game. There just doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for the team in that city so far. Philip Rivers always starts the season hot. If the Chargers are healthy, then this will be another slugfest. Last season, it took Keenan Allen tearing his ACL to get the Chiefs back into the game in Arrowhead. Marcus Peters will need to keep better composure to limit Allen’s production or this could get away from Kansas City quickly.
Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins
Monday, Oct. 2 – 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The first of two Monday night contests in Arrowhead invites Kirk Cousins to town. There are those in Kansas City who argued that, before Cousins was tagged, he could be a good option for the Chiefs. Here, fans will get an up-close look at the polarizing quarterback. He has the ability to carry his team to victory, but he’s inconsistent. Washington’s defense won’t be able to do much against Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill if they are used effectively. This should be a fun game for Kansas City fans to watch both in the stadium and at home.