The preseason schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs took shape when the NFL announced their opponents and approximate dates. All that needs to be filled in are the exact dates and times.
The Chiefs' regular-season schedule should be announced sometime later in April. Here's what we know, or think we know, about it.
Arrowhead Stadium is available for the Chiefs on the first (Sept. 11) and third (Sept. 25) Sundays of the regular season because the Kansas City Royals are on the road those days. The Royals are playing at Kauffman Stadium on the second (Sept. 18) and fourth (Oct. 2) Sundays.
That doesn't mean the Chiefs will open the season at home. Last year, the Truman Sports Complex had no football or baseball game the opening Sunday of the NFL season -- both the Chiefs and Royals were on the road that day. The complex also sat empty on the second and fourth Sundays of the NFL season, the Royals being on the road both dates. The Chiefs didn't play their first Sunday home game until Oct. 11.
Also, just because the Royals have the stadium complex on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 doesn't necessarily mean the Chiefs are on the road those weekends. Arrowhead is available on both Monday nights, Sept. 19 and Oct. 3.
The Chiefs have been mentioned as the opponent for the Denver Broncos in the season's opening game on Sept. 8, a Thursday night. The Broncos get the honor as defending Super Bowl champions of opening their season in prime time at home.
That might be a good time for the Chiefs to catch the Broncos, who will be in their first game with a new starting quarterback. But playing on the road the first week of the season means it's likely the Chiefs would open with three of their first four games on the road for the second straight season.
That was a factor as the Chiefs started 1-5 last year.
The Chiefs' regular-season home opponents: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, New York Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Tampa Bay. Their road opponents: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Carolina.