The ravenous and never-satisfied marketing machine known as the National Football League has now turned something as simple as releasing the upcoming 2014 regular season schedule into a televised spectacle. If you missed the pomp and circumstance aired on the 7 p.m. show on The NFL Network, your Kansas City Chiefs will open up their regular season September 7 at Arrowhead against the Tennessee Titans.
Highlights include appearances in two prime time nationally-televised games at home against New England and Denver (Weeks 4 and 13) and one on the road against Oakland in Week 12.
Here is the breakdown of the schedule (All times Central, Home games in bold):
- Week 1 (Sept. 7, Noon) Tennessee Titans @ Chiefs
The Chiefs get their easiest home opponent not named Oakland out of the way right out of the box.
- Week 2 (Sept. 14, 3:25 p.m.) Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Maybe the Broncos will be struggling early in the season with the Super Bowl Loser letdown? Maybe?? Nah … probably not.
- Week 3 (Sept. 21, 3:25 p.m.) Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins
In last two games against the Chiefs, the offensively-challenged Dolphins have scored 69 points. Apparently the Dolphins’ team colors of aqua and orange are like kryptonite to the Chiefs D.
- Week 4 (Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.) New England Patriots @ Chiefs on Monday Night Football
The first Monday Night Football game at Arrowhead in three years features future Hall-of-Fame QB Tom Brady in what might be his last game in KC barring a playoff visit. Sorry guys, his wife will probably not be in attendance.
- Week 5 (Oct. 5, 3:25 p.m.) Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith? Colin Kapernick? Jim Harbaugh? Aldon Smith? I don’t know where reporters will turn to for stories leading up to this game? Fun fact: It was 20 years ago that the Chiefs Joe Montana put a beat-down on Steve Young and the eventual Super Bowl champ 49ers (24-17 Chiefs win at Arrowhead). Just sayin’ ……..
- Week 6 - BYE WEEK
Normally teams do not like having their bye week this early, but after this tough stretch it will be nice for KC to get a week off to prepare to head out to face Philip Rivers and the Chargers in Week 7.
- Week 7 (Oct. 19, 3:05 p.m.) Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Chiefs fans hate Philip Rivers (13-4 record all-time vs KC) almost as much as John Elway and the Bronco version of Peyton Manning.
- Week 8 (Oct. 26, Noon) St. Louis Rams @ Chiefs
The Rams are everyone’s sexy pick to be the “It” team of 2014, but the underachieving Sam Bradford is still their QB and they play in the hardest division in football – by far. But hey, who cares, it’s the regular season version of The Governor’s Cup!! (Please control the excitement, Jay Nixon)
- Week 9 (Nov. 2, Noon) New York Jets @ Chiefs
Will Mike Vick make an appearance at Arrowhead if second-year QB Geno Smith continues to blow? It didn’t go so well for Vick last year in Philly when Andy Reid came to visit.
- Week 10 (Nov. 9, Noon) Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills
The Chiefs play the Bills for the 100th consecutive year and this is probably a Chiefs fan’s least favorite game on the schedule. Ok, it’s really only the 7th straight year the two teams have played, but it is still the game most fans grit their teeth to watch.
- Week 11 (Nov. 16, Noon) Seattle Seahawks @ Chiefs
Super Bowl Champs invade Arrowhead. Well, if you have to play the Seahawks these days, the best place to do it is in YOUR house.
- Week 12 (Nov. 20, 3:25 p.m.) Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football
Soooo, three days after taking on the Super Bowl champs, the Chiefs get to fly out to the West Coast to take on the Raiders? Gee thanks, NFL schedule-maker!
- Week 13 (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.) Denver Broncos @ Chiefs on Sunday Night Football
The Chiefs defense GUARANTEES that WR Eric Decker won’t be torching them for 8 catches, 174 yards and four touchdowns like he did for Denver last year at Arrowhead. Of course, that is because Decker plays for the Jets this year. (Oh-oh … watch out for Week 9)
- Week 14 (Dec. 7, 3:05 p.m.) Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals
Casual NFL fans do not realize that the Cards are a very good team that just missed the playoffs last year with a 10-6 record in the toughest division in football. I already hate this game for KC.
- Week 15 (Dec. 14, Noon) Oakland Raiders @ Chiefs
When the Chiefs have had a legitimate NFL head coach over the last 20 years, they have dominated this series – especially at Arrowhead. Andy Reid is a legit coach.
- Week 16 (Dec. 21, Noon) Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Heyyyyyy, Steelers … remember when KC rested every starter in Week 17 last season against San Diego and lost, knocking you out of the playoffs?? No hard feelings, ok?
- Week 17 (Dec. 28, Noon) San Diego @ Chiefs
If the Chiefs are able to rest their starters in this game to get ready for the playoffs, Chiefs fans will be deliriously happy. DELIRIOUSLY happy.
The Chiefs jump up from having the 32nd-ranked most difficult schedule in 2013 to the 7th this year so duplicating last year’s 11-5 regular season record will be an enormous task.
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