vs. Cincinnati Bengals, December 31
Who else could it be but the Bengals?
This is the Chiefs’ greatest rival of the last several years and the schedule makers knew what they were doing by scheduling this game on New Year’s Eve. Kansas City and Cincinnati will likely be competing for seeding at the top of the AFC, so this contest could determine home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Ja’Marr Chase hasn’t been shy in his disdain for Kansas City and every game between these teams has gone down to the wire. This will be the fifth time these teams have played under Mahomes and Joe Burrow and the familiarity between these organizations adds a special layer of intrigue.
Until another team comes along (Jacksonville or Buffalo?) these clubs are the class of the AFC. The Mahomes vs. Burrow rivalry is the NFL’s best, and there’s no opposing team Chiefs fans want to beat more than the Bengals.
The same is true for Cincy and the Chiefs. There’s no love lost between these fanbases and this is the single-most exciting game on Kansas City’s schedule this season.