Kansas City Chiefs 2017 Schedule is Brutal
By Nick Athan
If the Kansas City Chiefs hope to make the post season in 2017, they’ll have to overcome five road games at New England, San Diego, Houston, Oakland and Dallas, before their bye week in week ten. If they can survive that stretch, perhaps they can turn their season around, when the end of the schedule features more of an Arrowhead flavor.
Week #1 – Thursday, Sept. 7 (NBC / 7:30 PM) @ New England Patriots – This game was set at the NFL owners meeting last month and was one of the worst kept secrets in the league. It’s also the first of five primetime games, (flex not included) for the Kansas City Chiefs this season. It’s also their toughest game on the 2017 schedule.
Week #2 – Sunday, Sept. 17 (FOX / Noon) vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Former Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator, Doug Pederson brings his young Eagles team to Arrowhead for KC’s 2017 regular season hope opener. This NFL matchup pits Pederson against his mentor, Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid.
Week #3 – Sunday, Sept. 24 (CBS / 3:25 PM) @ Los Angeles Chargers – Regardless if the Chargers play in San Diego or Los Angeles, Kansas City has played well under Head Coach, Andy Reid against the Chargers. In four seasons, he’s 3-1 on the road against the Chargers.
Week #4 – Monday, Oct. 2nd (ESPN / 7:30 PM) vs. Washington Redskins – The Chiefs first of two Monday night games at Arrowhead should showcase the up and coming Redskins and Quarterback, Kirk Cousins against a Chiefs team that has always played well against the NFC under Reid.
Week #5 – Sunday, Oct. 8 (NBC / 7:30 PM) @ Houston Texans – Another primetime game for the Chiefs. Last season Kansas City didn’t play well in Houston. However, at this point, it’s not known, who will be the starting quarterback for the Texans, so perhaps that gives KC the edge.
Week #6 – Sunday, Oct. 15 (CBS / 3:25 PM) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Last January the Steelers came into Arrowhead and defeated Kansas City in the AFC Divisional round. They’ve owned the Chiefs in recent years, and this game could be the most pivotal for KC’s quest to remain a viable playoff team.
Week #7 – Thursday, Oct. 19 (CBS / 7:25 PM) @ Oakland Raiders – A year ago this game was reversed, but after complaining to the league office about traveling through two time zones, the Raiders will host the Chiefs this year on Thursday Night football in a game, that quite likely will determine, if both AFC West combatants are pretenders or contenders.
Week #8 – Monday, Oct. 30 (ESPN / 7:30 PM) vs. Denver Broncos – Kansas City swept the Broncos a year ago, including their Christmas Night victory last December at Arrowhead. This is a vital AFC West showdown for both teams, and Denver will be in a stretch of three straight road games.
Week #9 – Sunday, Nov. 5th (CBS / 3:25 PM) @ Dallas Cowboys – I’m not sure I can remember the last time the Chiefs won in Dallas. Next to their road game at New England, this will be a very difficult game for the Chiefs to win.
Week #10 – BYE WEEK
Week #11 – Sunday, Nov. 19 (CBS / Noon) @New York Giants – Much like the Cowboys matchup before the Bye Week, the Chiefs have not done well on the road in the state of New York. However, the Giants are not the super power team they were in years past and could be vulnerable for an upset.
Week #12 – Sunday Nov. 26 (CBS / Noon) vs. Buffalo Bills – This will be the second of three in a row versus New York football teams. Kansas City has played better against Buffalo the last couple of seasons. However, they don’t play well against mobile quarterbacks, and Buffalo has one of the game’s best in Tyrod Taylor.
Week #13 – Sunday, Dec.3 (CBS / Noon) @ New York Jets – Much like the Giants, it has been a long time since the Chiefs defeated the Jets on the road. The only thing going for Kansas City in this game might be the fact, New York has quarterback issues to settle this season, that could give Kansas City a slight edge on the road. But asking them to win even one of two games in New York City is a tall task.
Week #14 – Sunday, Dec. 10 (CBS / Noon) vs. Oakland Raiders – This could become an NBC flex game if the Chiefs and Raiders are atop the AFC West at this stage of the season. I’m not optimistic Kansas City will be one of them, but either way, let’s hope for a bitterly cold afternoon at Arrowhead.
Week #15 – Saturday, Dec. 16 (NFLN / 7:30 PM) vs. Los Angeles Chargers – In the second of three straight December games at Arrowhead, this AFC re-match will indicate if this game has playoff implications or 2018 Draft pecking order.
Week #16 – Sunday, Dec. 24 (CBS / Noon) vs. Miami Dolphins – With a high noon start, this Christmas Eve game at Arrowhead could become a battle for an AFC Wild card game. The Dolphins were the 6th seed a year ago in the post season but have better talent on their 2017 roster and don’t’ appear to be a team that fears the Patriots.
Week #17 – Sunday, Dec. 31 (CBS / 3:25 PM) @ Denver Broncos – Kansas City played one of its best road games of the 2016 season at Denver a year ago. Their fourth quarter comeback led to a three-point Overtime victory in the Mile-High city.
Overview: This is the most difficult Chiefs schedule I’ve seen in a decade. With five primetime games, Kansas City has gained some respect nationally. How many games will they win in 2017? For that answer, check out my Friday column.