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Prepping for the Chiefs' 2012 Schedule

Posted Apr 16, 2012

What we know about Kansas City’s schedule prior to Tuesday’s unveiling


The NFL is set to unveil the league’s 2012 regular season schedule in its entirety Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM (CST). Opponents and locations are already locked in, but the full slate of dates, times and primetime games has yet to go public.

KCChiefs.com will have complete coverage of the Chiefs’ 2012 schedule as soon as the announcement is made.

In the meantime, let’s recap some of the things we already know about the team’s 2012 schedule.

Preseason

Preseason opponents were announced earlier this month, but dates and times were excluded.

Chiefs vs. Cardinals (TBA – Arrowhead Stadium)

The Chiefs will kickoff their 2012 preseason schedule against Arizona sometime the between Thursday, August 9th and Monday, August 13th. While the game will be Kansas City’s preseason opener, the Cardinals will have already open their 2012 preseason slate against New Orleans in the Hall of Fame Game on August 5th.

Chiefs at Rams (TBA – Edward Jones Dome)

The 44th Governor’s Cup will take place sometime between Thursday, August 16th and Sunday, August 19th in St. Louis. Kansas City holds a 26-15-2 series lead after St. Louis won last year’s preseason meeting at Arrowhead Stadium 14-10.

Chiefs vs. Seahawks (TBA – Arrowhead Stadium)

The Seahawks leaked preseason dates and times on their official website last week. According to Seahawks.com, the Chiefs and Seahawks will kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday, August 24th at 7:00 PM (CST). The Chiefs have yet to officially announce any preseason dates or times.

Chiefs at Packers (TBA – Lambeau Field)

The Chiefs will close the preseason in Green Bay for the second consecutive season either Thursday, August 30th or Friday, August, 31st. Last year’s preseason finale fell on a Thursday night.

Regular Season

1) Opponents are set

HOME: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Indianapolis

AWAY: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo, Cleveland, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

2) Chiefs Strength of Schedule

Kansas City has the NFL’s 20th most difficult schedule based on opponents’ 2011 record. With opponents posting an overall record of 126-130 (.492) last season, the Chiefs have the “easiest” schedule in the AFC West next year.

Of course, a team’s winning percentage the prior year doesn’t necessarily correlate to its difficulty as an opponent for the upcoming season.

2012 NFL Strength of Schedule: AFC West

Rank Team Opp. W-L Opp. w/ 9 Win
2 Denver 139-117 (.543) 7
6 San Diego 133-123 (.520) 6
18 Oakland 127-129 (.496) 5
20 Kansas City 126-130 (.492) 5

3) A Home Opener?

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants will host the Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5th to kick off the 2012 NFL season. That means the Chiefs first game is likely to fall on Sunday, September 9th unless an opener on Monday Night Football is in the cards.

While the NFL schedule makers are sometimes forced to make an exception, the Royals and Chiefs typically don’t play on the same day because the two teams share parking at the Truman Sports Complex.

Considering the Royals are on the road September 9th, but at home the following two Sundays, opening the Chiefs’ 2012 regular season at Arrowhead Stadium makes scheduling sense. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if Kansas City heads on the road in Weeks 2 and 3.

4) Return of Thursday Night Football?

There’s no telling how many primetime games the Chiefs will have in 2012, but we know there will be at least one.

All 32 NFL teams will play a primetime game this season with the NFL expanding Thursday night games on NFL Network.

The Chiefs haven’t played a regular season game on a Thursday night since hosting the NFL Network’s first-ever live game broadcast on Thanksgiving Night in 2006. Kansas City defeated Denver 19-10 that evening in what was an electric holiday atmosphere at Arrowhead.

“Thursday Night Football” games will be played from Weeks 2 to 15 this season, increasing the number of games broadcast on NFL Network from eight to 13.

"This will result in every team appearing in Thursday football games and every team having a prime-time appearance throughout the season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his annual state-of-the-NFL news conference during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI.

Home or away, the Chiefs will play at least once in a primetime setting.

Kansas City is 5-2 (.714) all-time when playing in a Thursday night primetime contest.

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