The Kansas City Chiefs are back in primetime baby, and this time it’s coming back to legendary Arrowhead stadium. The last time Kansas City hosted both Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football was in 2011, hosting the Chargers and Steelers.
In 2014, the Chiefs play host to the New England Patriots in week 4 on Monday Night Football. This isn’t the first time that Tom Brady and the Patriots have played in Arrowhead under the lights. The last time was Nov. 22nd, 2004 when the Patriots defeated the Chiefs on their home turf.
The Patriots game will be a very good test for the Chiefs that early in the season, as New England has a revamped secondary with Darell Revis and Brandon Browner (though Browner won’t be eligible to play in this game). And of course, as long as Brady is playing quarterback, they will always be tough to beat.
The Chiefs also play host to bitter division rival, the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football in week 13. The NFL looked at these two teams from last year and realized how good they actually were. Kansas City lost both games, but by a combined 17 points. The game in Arrowhead last year is one for the ages, as Kansas City jumped out to a quick 21-7 lead in the first half. But Peyton Manning stormed back, throwing 5 touchdown passes to hand the Chiefs a very gut wrenching defeat.
Kansas City will get a chance for revenge, this time with the whole country watching. I’d imagine that this game will be the most anticipated out of any of their home schedule. Personally, other than Seattle, this is the game that I want to attend the most.
The Chiefs also have their regular Thursday night spot as they will travel to take on the Oakland Raiders in week 12, one week before hosting Denver. So yes, the Chiefs will actually be in the spot light two weeks in a row.
What’s kind of cruddy about that is, Kansas City has now had to travel three years in a row on Thursday night football. It’s harder for the traveling team on these shorter weeks, as they have to prepare quickly AND hop on the plane. The NFL needs to look at that in 2015.
So here it is, the regular season schedule is now upon us and we know the primetime schedule. Are there any games you look forward to? And did they not get enough national spot light?
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