After the release of the 2019 NFL Schedule, Kansas City Chiefs fans ask will Patrick Mahomes be challenged by the upcoming Chiefs schedule?
The National Football League announced on Wednesday the regular season schedule for its centennial season.
Take a look at the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs schedule:
|Sunday, Sept. 8
|at Jacksonville Jaguars
|Sunday, Sept. 15
|at Oakland Raiders
|Sunday, Sept. 22
|Sunday, Sept. 29
|at Detroit Lions
|Sunday, Oct. 6
|Sunday, Oct. 13
|Thursday, Oct. 17
|at Denver Broncos
|Sunday, Oct. 27
|Green Bay Packers*
|Sunday, Nov. 3
|Sunday, Nov. 10
|at Tennessee Titans*
|Monday, Nov. 18
|at Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico City)
|Sunday, Nov. 24
|Sunday, Dec. 1
|Sunday, Dec. 8
|at New England Patriots*
|Sunday, Dec. 15
|Sunday, Dec. 22
|at Chicago Bears*
|Sunday, Dec. 29
|Los Angeles Chargers*
*Subject to Flexible Scheduling
For their 60th season, the Chiefs will play five prime time games.
In fact, the Chiefs have one of the league’s busiest prime time schedules once again this year. This includes five night games, including two at Arrowhead Stadium and three on Sunday Night Football.
- Week 5, Sunday night, vs. Indianapolis Colts
- Week 7, Thursday night, at Denver Broncos
- Week 8, Sunday night, vs. Green Bay Packers
- Week 11, Monday night at Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City
- Week 16: Sunday night, at Chicago Bears
“As we embark on our 60th season as a franchise, I’m looking forward to celebrating this milestone by honoring the history and tradition of our team and our fans throughout the season,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “We were able to reach new heights as an organization last year with the tremendous support of Chiefs Kingdom and the Kansas City community. We have even bigger goals in mind heading into 2019 and we’ve already begun our preparation. Football is back, and I’m excited to kick off our 60th season with the Sea of Red.”
To end up at the top of the AFC West for the fourth year in a row, the Chiefs will have to begin strong with two away games and play one of their top games near the finish line. The season will be very long for fans of Kansas City.
Kansas City will need a strong start to the season.
The Chiefs will open their season against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, a team that went 5-11 in 2018. Two former Chiefs, quarterback Nick Foles, and wide receiver Chris Conley will challenge Kansas City. They still have a good defense and could, in turn, produce a great defensive game. However, the new Chiefs defense topped by Spagnuolo should be able to stop Foles offense pretty easily.
In their second regular season game, the Chiefs will face off the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders having three first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, they will undoubtedly get some talent out of it. Oakland recently welcomed Antonio Brown, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver who has the ability to help Derek Carr perform much better this year. Although the Raiders are not seen as a contender in the AFC West this season, the rivalry is still there, and those games are always fun to watch.
Finally, September 22nd will bring the Chiefs back home to Arrowhead Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens. After Baltimore, they will go back to Detroit, their first game in the Motor city in 8 long years.
The Lions might perform better than expected under second-year coach Matt Patricia, and Detroit is never an easy place to play. So this one could be a tricky game somehow.
Kansas City’s first prime time contest is on October 6 against the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. This will be a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional playoff game in which the Chiefs won 31-13, advancing to the AFC Championship game.
The Chiefs then, host the Houston Texans mid-October before playing back-to-back prime time contests, first in Denver and then against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football (Oct. 27), a nostalgic rematch of the Superbowl I. Even though Aaron Rodgers did not end up in many playoffs these past years, he is still one of the top quarterbacks of the league. The Green Bay Packers did add many players this offseason. This is a potentially dangerous game, to say the least.
On Nov. 3, the Minnesota Vikings come to Arrowhead Stadium followed by a road game against Tennessee on Nov. 10.
The Chiefs then will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Mexico City on Nov. 18.
Kansas City will need to keep their eyes forward to the postseason.
After the club’s Bye Week on Nov. 24, the team takes on another California team: the Oakland Raiders. This matchup will take place at home on Dec. 1, before facing the dreaded New England Patriots on Dec. 8.
Thirsty for revenge after their defeat at home during the AFC championship game, the Chiefs will again face the magic combo of Tom Brady / Bill Belichick in New England. Even if Gronk retired this offseason after winning Super Bowl LIII with the Patriots, winning against the Patriots will not be an easy task. Especially towards the end of the season when the first seed in the AFC and playoff home field advantage will be down the line.
The Chiefs will then face the Broncos at home on Dec. 15, then travel to Chicago for Sunday Night Football against the Bears on Dec. 22 to meet Matt Nagy, an old acquaintance of head coach Andy Reid. The Bears could, indeed, be one of the major threats for Kansas City at the end of the season.
Finally, Kansas City finishes its regular season at home against the Chargers on Dec. 29. The Chiefs and Chargers matchup in Week 17 could have a significant meaning if the AFC West race and playoff seeding comes down to this game.
To sum up this schedule release, the Chiefs will have to face the top eight AFC scoring defenses. It is not a treat for Mahomes and his flying high Kansas City offense, but they will have to prove even more that they are up to the task. Because of this, they have a lot of motivation to go all the way. Great things never come easy. Hard work and efforts are what make a team legendary. Let’s hope they will remember as the season continues.