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Chiefs face strong test to begin 2012 schedule

Posted Apr 17, 2012

End of season could provide for a huge finale in Denver

Four Pro Bowl quarterbacks await the Chiefs over the first five weeks of the 2012 season and none are named Peyton Manning. It’s the type of schedule that ensures Kansas City can’t afford the slow start it experienced to begin last season.

Up first for the Chiefs is a season opener against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. The game marks the third consecutive season Kansas City has opened its schedule at home and will feature the return of TE Tony Gonzalez.

Kansas City and Atlanta haven’t met since Gonzalez was traded to the Falcons following the 2008 season.

Following the opener with Atlanta, Kansas City travels to Buffalo before facing off against Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco in consecutive weeks.

A pair of primetime games against Pro Bowl quarterbacks also highlight Kansas City’s 2012 schedule with matchups against the Chargers and Steelers on national television.

The Chiefs will go on the road for both primetime settings beginning with a Week 9 Thursday night game in San Diego. It’s the first time Kansas City will play on Thursday Night Football since hosting NFL Network’s first-ever live broadcast on Thanksgiving Night in 2006.

Kansas City will then have 10 days to prepare for a Monday Night Football meeting with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Speaking of Pro Bowl quarterbacks, the Chiefs won’t face the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos until Week 12.

Kansas City is also set to face Pro Bowlers Andy Dalton and Cam Newton in 2012.

Chiefs 2012 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 Sun. September 9th
vs. ATLANTA 12:00 PM (CST)

Atlanta visits Arrowhead for the first time since a 56-10 loss to the Chiefs in 2004. Tony Gonzalez makes his Arrowhead return and the Chiefs open the regular season at home for the third consecutive year.

Week 2 Sun. September 16th
at Buffalo 12:00 PM (CST)

Chiefs seek revenge from last year’s 41-7 Opening Day loss. A scheduling rarity with two non-division teams meeting for the fifth consecutive season.

Week 3 Sun. September 23rd
at New Orleans 12:00 PM (CST)

Kansas City faces the second of two NFC South playoff teams from 2011. New Orleans will be without interim head coach Joe Vitt, who will be serving a six-game suspension.

Week 4 Sun. September 30th
vs. SAN DIEGO 12:00 PM (CST)

San Diego visits Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs’ first division game of 2012.

Week 5 Sun. October 7th
vs. BALTIMORE 12:00 PM (CST)

Rematch of the 2010 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Ravens QB Joe Flacco will be the fourth Pro Bowl quarterback Kansas City is scheduled to face over the first five weeks.

Week 6 Sun. October 14th
at Tampa Bay 12:00 PM (CST)

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, who grew up in the Kansas City area, has never squared off against his hometown team.

Week 7 BYE WEEK

Veteran players will like this year’s bye week placement. A near perfect spot to split the season into two parts.

Week 8 Sun. October 28th
vs. OAKLAND 3:05 PM (CST)

Two weeks to prepare for a rivalry game and the start of a pivotal stretch in the schedule.

Week 9 Thurs. November 1st
at San Diego (NFLN) 7:20 PM (CST)

Chiefs play on Thursday Night Football for the first time in five seasons. Third consecutive season the Chiefs and Chargers have met on primetime television.

Week 10 Mon. November 12th
at Pittsburgh (MNF) 7:30 PM (CST)

A miniature bye week separates nationally televised games with the Chiefs getting 10 days to prepare for a second-straight primetime game. Second year in a row the Chiefs and Steelers have met on primetime television. Storylines, storylines and more storylines.

Week 11 Sun. November 18th
vs. CINCINNATI 12:00 PM (CST)

Another Pro Bowl quarterback waits in Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton.

Week 12 Sun. November 25th
vs. DENVER 12:00 PM (CST)

The first meeting against Peyton Manning and the Broncos occurs at Arrowhead.

Week 13 Sun. December 2nd
vs. CAROLINA 12:00 PM (CST)

Cam Newton and the Panthers will be a preseason favorite as a playoff sleeper in 2012.

Week 14 Sun. December 9th
at Cleveland 12:00 PM (CST)

A homecoming of sorts for Romeo Crennel.

Week 15 Sun. December 16th
at Oakland 3:15 PM (CST)

Three of Kansas City’s final four games are on the road. None may be more important than this division matchup.

Week 16 Sun. December 23rd
vs. INDIANAPOLIS 12:00 PM (CST)

Andrew Luck at Arrowhead Stadium in the middle of winter is definitely a welcome to the NFL moment.

Week 17 Sun. December 30th
at Denver 3:15 PM (CST)

Sets the stage for what could be a huge season finale.

    

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