Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs were originally slated for the league minimum of one prime-time game with their Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. After a 9-0 start, the Chiefs earned a Sunday Night Football appearance with the Denver Broncos thanks to flex scheduling.
Kansas City probably won’t be overlooked for the big games this year after going 11-5 with a postseason appearance in 2013. Based on last season’s records, the Chiefs are going to face the seventh-toughest schedule in the league, and the toughest home schedule. This may seem like bad news for Chiefs fans, but they will get to see a lot of great, competitive football.
Let’s look at the home schedule first. The obvious choices for prime-time matchups are with the Broncos, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans could also provide meaningful games if they take the next step this season.
On the road, games against the Broncos, Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers are all major candidates for prime time. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins could also provide great games. The Chiefs will have five total games against opponents who had losing records in 2013, three against .500 teams and eight against winning teams.
It could be a bumpy road for Kansas City, but it should be full of entertaining football. The maximum number of prime-time games a team can be scheduled for is five, with an opportunity to add one through flex scheduling. With their 2014 schedule, the Chiefs will definitely be slated for more than minimum this time around, and they could very well hit the maximum.