INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 6: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons tries to make a reception during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Falcons defeated the Colts 31-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night and the first game to look forward to is the return of Tony Gonzalez when the Chiefs host the Falcons in Week 1. The Chiefs are at home in Week 1, and on the road in Week 2 and 3, which is what we figured with the Kansas City Royals schedule.
I went through the entire schedule with a few thoughts on each game. The Week 17 game should be a great one.
Week 1: 9/9, Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET: The return of Tony Gonzalez to Kansas City. Considering the options, this is a great Week 1 game with a good story line for us to look forward to.
Week 2: 9/16, @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET: Little revenge, huh? Eric Berry talked to the media yesterday about the hit in the Bills game, and it sounds like he wondered if it was a bounty issue. Stevie Johnson disagrees but after reading what Berry said it's clear he still wonders about that.
Week 3: 9/23, @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. ET: Glad the Chiefs are getting this game early. The Saints will be on their third head coach by the time this game comes around. Sean Payton is out for the year and his interim coach, Joe Vitt, is out for the first six games of the season.
Week 4: 9/30, San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m. ET: Gotta win the divisional games. The Chiefs have won their last two against the Chargers in Kansas City. Time to make it three.
Week 5: 10/7, Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET: Heck of a matchup here for the Chiefs offense. Baltimore's defense has long been among the league's elite.
Week 6: 10/14, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET: These are the types of games you absolutely have to win in order to compete.
Week 7: BYE: Before scheduling my wedding, I did a little research on when the Chiefs historically have byes. AP reader kcsno56 mentioned that the Chiefs like to have their byes on the same weekend there's a NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway. So I scheduled my wedding for Saturday, Oct. 20 and, you know what, the Chiefs are on a bye that next Sunday. Perfect.
Week 8: 10/28, Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET: First Raiders matchup of the year. Gotta beat the divisional opponents at home.
Week 9: 11/1, @ San Diego Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET: Thursday night football, which means a short week. The Chiefs will play Oakland at home and then go on the road to the west coast to play the Chargers in San Diego five days later.
Week 10: 11/12, @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m. ET: Love this game, too. The Chiefs nearly pulled it off last year with Tyler Palko on Sunday Night Football. They'll try to do the same on Monday Night Football, sans Palko.
Week 11: 11/18, Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET: They were a playoff team last year so this isn't the cake walk we usually think it is.
Week 12: 11/25, Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. ET: Our first look at Peyton Manning comes very late this year. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. The Broncos are on primetime five times this year.
Week 13: 12/2, Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET: Hello, Cam Newton. Looking forward to watching him play.
Week 14: 12/9, @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET: Again, this is the type of game you have to win if you want to be in the playoffs. i'm glad this game comes late in the year
Week 15: 12/16, @ Oakland Raiders, 4:15 p.m. ET: A winnable road game, for sure. And it's in December. I like the end of this schedule.
Week 16: 12/23, Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET: Andrew Luck's first game in Kansas City.
Week 17: 12/30, @ Denver Broncos, 4:15 p.m. ET: I love that the Chiefs are ending the season against the Broncos. Hopefully this game has playoff implications, even if it just means the Chiefs knocking the Broncos out.