The Kansas City Chiefs will look to continue building the momentum they have coming off another successful season last year in 2018—winning a third-straight division title, hosting the AFC Championship game for the first time in franchise history, along several other notable achievements, but it was still a season that seemingly fell short of what was thought to be feasible—the Super Bowl.
While the players recently reported to the facility for the start of Phase 1 of the offseason training program to begin the journey of trying to earn another opportunity at that title-with this one being the 60th season in franchise history, the fact that the season is right around the corner becomes that much more real when the regular season schedule is announced, and everyone can start making their plans.
Well, that happened on Wednesday night.
Here's a look at the Chiefs' 2019 regular season schedule:
Here are five important things to know about the Chiefs' 2019 schedule:
1. Home opener
The Chiefs' home opener will take place against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3—a rematch of last year's memorable matchup in Week 14 that saw the Chiefs walk away with a 27-24 victory.
In that game, Patrick Mahomes essentially sealed up the MVP award with multiple throws that could easily fit into anyone's career highlight reel.
The Chiefs' season opener will take place on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars and against old friends Chris Conley and Nick Foles—the Jaguars' new starting quarterback who signed a lucrative multi-year contract earlier this offseason, while Conley signed there this offseason as well.
It's worth noting that Andy Reid is 5-1 with the Chiefs in season openers, including a 28-2 win on the road against the Jaguars in his first game as the head coach of the Chiefs back in 2013.
2. The Chiefs are featured under the lights five times in 2019
The Chiefs have five prime time games on the 2019 schedule as of right now, but there's always a chance that another game later in the season will get flexed to Sunday night.
Two of those five prime time games will be played in the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium—starting in Week 5 (October 6) against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football—a rematch of the AFC Divisional playoff game that saw the Chiefs leave with a 31-13 victory, and then again in Week 8 (October 27) against the Green Bay Packers, once again on Sunday Night Football.
Patrick Mahomes vs. Aaron Rodgers. Not bad.
The Chiefs will also be in prime time on the road against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 (October 17) on Thursday Night Football, then against the Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 11 (November 18) in Mexico City, and then finally against old friend Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears in Week 16 (December 22) on Sunday Night Football.
Basically, the Chiefs will be the prime time team three times in the month of October.
3. Viva México
The Chiefs will take another crack at playing in Mexico City this year—heading south to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday, November 18 at 7:15 pm CT on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
The Chiefs will be the road team.
Last year, the Chiefs were supposed to play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico at Estadio Azteca—the same location as this year—but poor field conditions forced the game to move to Los Angeles in the days leading up to the matchup.
"We're certainly excited about (playing down there) and we were looking forward to it last year," Chiefs' Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt recently said. "I know a lot of our fans were looking forward to it and hopefully they'll come down there and cheer us on to victory."
The Chiefs have won nine of their last 10 games against the Chargers.
As Chairman of the International Committee for the past eight years, Hunt oversaw the expansion of the league's International Series from one annual game in London to five games scheduled to take place between London and Mexico City next season.
Kansas City Chiefs players arrive at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex for the start of the 2019 offseason.
4. It's time to take a break
One of the first things that coaches and players will always look for when the schedule is released is when the BYE week comes around—generally, the later the better as players tend to wear down towards the end of a long, grueling season, and a break towards the end of the year is always appreciated.
In that regard, they should all be happy as the Chiefs will have their BYE in Week 12 following the game in Mexico City.
The following week, which happens to be Thanksgiving, the Chiefs are at home against the Raiders on that Sunday.
5. A few other random nuggets and interesting things
While the Chiefs open up on the road with three of their first four games of the season away from Arrowhead Stadium, there is a nice stretch of home games in the middle of the season, and that should go over pretty well.
Between Week 5 (October 6) and Week 13 (December 8), the Chiefs will play five of their eight games at Arrowhead Stadium, with a trip to Mexico City in there before the BYE week, and then a home game against the Raiders in Week 13.
When it comes to the grind that is an NFL season, the fact that the Chiefs' players and coaches will get to spend that much time at home in the middle of the season, combined with a late BYE week, that's really not a bad scenario.
The rematch of the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots is set for Week 14 (December 8) at 3:25 pm CT in Foxboro.
According to Elliott Harrison of NFL.com, the Chiefs are involved in four of the NFL's Top 11 games in 2019.
Here are those games and what Harrison had to say about the matchup:
No. 11 - Week 5 – Colts @ Chiefs – "Andrew Luck and Patrick Mahomes might rule the AFC for the next 10 years, while the former could even the score fromlast season's playoff loss."
No. 8 – Week 16 – Chiefs @ Bears – "That Bears' unit will be charged with stopping Mahomes and the most explosive offense going right now. Ex-Raider Khalil Mack is more than familiar with this group, having routinely wreaked havoc on the Chiefs back when he played in the AFC West. This game is made better in that it is a rare occurrence…"
No. 6 – Week 8 – Packers @ Chiefs – "This might be the lone time we ever see Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes go against one another. Rodgers will be closing in on 40 years old the next time the schedule allows for the Packers and Chiefs to play one another. It was during that 2011 season that Rodgers won his first MVP, tossing 45 touchdown passes in the pocket, out of the pocket and sometimes from different arm angles -- sound familiar? Watching Rodgers and Mahomes go back and forth should be quite the treat."
No. 2 – Week 14 – Chiefs @ Patriots – "If we are to really laser in on why the 2019 version could be special, start with the fact that the outcome could determine home-field in the AFC, especially with the balance of power unlikely to shift epically, at least not this season. Also, consider that there never has been a QB battle quite like Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes. No QB over 40 has ever started a game against a signal-caller who is the reigning MVP ... and 18 years his junior. An undercurrent to what could be an instant classic: the chess match between the Patriots offense and Chiefs defense."
And finally, according to research via SportingNews.com, the Chiefs have the 6th-toughest strength of schedule in 2019 with an opponent winning percentage last season of .520.
The Raiders (.539) and Broncos (.537) rank No. 1 and 2 with the toughest schedules in the NFL in 2019, but obviously teams change every year and last year's results don't affect what's going in this year in any way. It's just to add some more context to the schedule and what the Chiefs will face next season.
Single-game and group tickets to all 2019 home contests, including the prime-time slate, will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. here on Chiefs.com. All single-game and group tickets for Chiefs' home games are subject to availability and dynamic pricing. Ticket delivery will be mobile-entry only.
Season Ticket Members, meanwhile, will have access to an exclusive pre-sale beginning on Thursday at 8 a.m., two hours before tickets are made available to the general public.
Additionally, in accordance with the team's long-standing policy, the taxpayers of Jackson County, Mo. will have an opportunity to purchase single-game tickets for the 2019 season from a special allotment beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.
Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must come to the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office during normal business hours and have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a personal 2018 Jackson County, Mo. property tax receipt.
For more information on tickets, click here.