2016 Regular Season Schedule Finalized: Chiefs to Play in Three Primetime Games from The Mothership
The National Football League announced on Thursday the regular season schedule for the 2016 season. The Kansas City Chiefs will be featured in three primetime television games, including two at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will host the Oakland Raiders in Week 14 on Thursday Night Football followed by a Dec. 25 Christmas matchup on Sunday Night Football vs. the Denver Broncos on NBC. KC's first nationally-televised game is at Pittsburgh in Week 4 on Sunday Night Football. This season will mark the seventh-consecutive year the Chiefs have held at least one primetime contest and the third-straight year the team has been slated for three night games. The Chiefs will open the season at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 11, vs. the San Diego Chargers.
Chiefs 2016 Schedule Highlighted by Three Primetime Games from The Mothership
The 2016 NFL schedule has been released, and the Kansas City Chiefs have drawn three primetime nationally televised games. In their franchise history, the Chiefs have fared generally well in primetime games, posting an all-time record of 27-18.
Per NFL flex scheduling rules, the Chiefs are locked in for all three of their primetime games in 2016. A primetime game on Christmas Day, which the Chiefs have this season, cannot be changed despite being a Week 16 matchup.
Also, per those rules, the Chiefs could have additional primetime games announced during the season.
Six Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Chiefs Schedule from The Mothership
Chiefs Fans Get Tailgating Bonus Early in the Season
If there's one thing that we know Chiefs fans do well, it's tailgating, and the Week 3 game against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium provides a nice little bonus for fans early in the season.
The game will kick off at 3:25 p.m. CT instead of the usual 12:00 p.m. CT time, and combined with the game being early in the season, the chance of good weather is high.
This is a good combination for Chiefs Kingdom to get out to Arrowhead early and start prepping for the Jets, who last came to Arrowhead back in 2014, with the Chiefs picking up the 24-10 win.
Chiefs Single-Game Tickets Set to go On Sale from The Mothership
Single-game and group tickets for all 2016 Kansas City Chiefs home games go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 19. Sale dates and times vary for Jackson County taxpayers, Chiefs Season Ticket Members and Chiefs Kingdom Rewards members.
In continuation of the team's long-standing policy, the taxpayers of Jackson County, Missouri, will receive first priority to purchase single-game tickets for the 2016 season on Monday, April 18, at 9 a.m. Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must come to the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office and have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a personal 2015 Jackson County, Missouri, property tax receipt.
Are Aaron Murray and Mitch Morse Converting Willie Nelson into a Chiefs fan? from The Mothership
Murray says in the photo caption that he is attempting to turn Nelson into a Chiefs fan. May prove to be a tough sell to the composer of the 1979 hit, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."
Chiefs' 2016 schedule revealed, including Christmas game vs. Broncos from The Kansas City Star
7:30 p.m. Dec. 25
The Chiefs will face one of their biggest rivals in a spotlight game on Christmas night. Former Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson makes his first return to his hometown, too.
Chiefs' 2016 schedule features Christmas night game against Broncos from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs have an early bye in Week 5 and are scheduled to play five games against four playoff teams from the 2015 season, including the two participants in Super Bowl 50, where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in the championship game.
Kansas City has three primetime games, highlighted by a Christmas night game hosting the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 16 on NBC.
Kansas City Chiefs schedule includes two night home games in December from ESPN
This shouldn't be a backbreaking schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs. They'll have five games against teams that made the playoffs in 2015 and their record against those teams last season was 4-1. The toughest stretch of schedule comes early. After the Chiefs open at home against San Diego, they play three of their next four away from Arrowhead Stadium, including road games against the Texans, Steelers and Raiders.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Chiefs have won some narrow verdicts against the Chargers in their winning streak. The other side is due to win this close game. Record: 10-6
Mock drafting 2016 first-round selections based on fit from Chiefs Digest
28. Kansas City Chiefs: OLB Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Calhoun would be a surprise to some at this spot but the tape shows an impressive edge rusher that is NFL ready. The former Spartan has a good bend around the corner once he gets even with the tackle and makes the correct adjustments in dipping his shoulder to close with explosiveness. He is very quick in the stunts his runs along the line of scrimmage and seems to get stronger with his rushes as the game reaches crucial closing moments. Calhoun plays with violent hands and refuses to let the offensive lineman lock onto him. He also has counters in his arsenal already and is capable of setting the edge against the run with his strength and ability to diagnose the block.
Chiefs' seven-round mock draft from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs arguably are the closest they have been to a Super Bowl run since 2003. Kansas City's defense appeared tired in the New England playoff game the past season and the offense lacked a couple of key playmakers at the receiver position.
The Chiefs battled notable season-ending injuries of running back Jamaal Charles and cornerback Phillip Gaines during the regular season, and then wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and outside linebacker Justin Houston were banged up during the postseason. But a roster is only as good as its weakest link.
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Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05 p.m. ET
Home is where the heart is, and the Raiders -- who have been flirting with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Parts Unknown -- are building a fearsome homefield advantage. The Chiefs run into a buzzsaw. Record: 5-1
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
The Chargers scored six total points against Kansas City's defense in two losses the previous season. San Diego finishes the regular season against Kansas City for the third time in four seasons. Record: 6-10
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 25, at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. ET
A stretch-drive game between these two longtime rivals on Christmas night means the Broncos will face an Arrowhead crowd at its throaty best. The Broncos needed a stunning fumble return for a touchdown by cornerback Bradley Roby to win the last time they played in Kansas City. Record: 10-5.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 18, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
This is a rematch of last season's AFC wild-card playoff game in which the Chiefs embarrassed the Texans 30-0 at home. Brian Hoyer won't be at quarterback for Houston throwing four interceptions this time around.Record: 2-0
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18, at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
Loss. The Titans have five wins combined in the last two seasons. It's pretty remarkable that one of them came at Arrowhead Stadium on opening day in 2014. I don't see the Titans winning there twice in three seasons. Record: 5-9.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 25, at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET
Coming off a mini-bye will help, but Arrowhead Stadium is one of the toughest venues in the league for visiting teams. Pass-rusher Justin Houston (torn ACL) likely will be on the sideline, but it won't matter. The Chiefs will take it.Record: 1-2
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. ET
With a talented secondary, good edge rushers and Travis Kelce, Kansas City has a favorable matchup with Pittsburgh. It showed in the Chiefs' win in Arrowhead last year. The Steelers will move the ball on offense and keep the score manageable on defense, but this is the kind of game where they'll miss Heath Miller, who was a safety valve for Ben Roethlisberger over the middle when coverage downfield is tight. New tight end Ladarius Green might need until Week 6 or so to find his groove in the offense. Record: 2-2
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
The win streak ends here. The Saints often have trouble in outdoor games against unfamiliar foes. And this particular opponent is really, really good. The Chiefs had four Pro Bowlers on defense last year while ranking third in the NFL in points allowed. Record: 3-3.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
This is a rematch of the incredible 2013 wild-card game in which Luck led the Colts back from a 28-point second half deficit in their 45-44 victory. The Colts have won 13 of the past 15 meetings against Kansas City. Record: 6-2.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
The Chiefs are a solid team with a great coach in Andy Reid, but they'll miss Justin Houston (ACL) if the injured pass-rusher indeed misses the entire season. Still, they have enough to win without him. Record: 5-7
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. ET
This starts another tough two-game stretch for the Bucs, and it could be an especially rough span for the offense. The Chiefs had the seventh-ranked defense in 2015 and were one of only four teams to rank in the top 10 in both rushing and passing defense. Record: 5-5
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
The last time these teams met, in 2012, the Chiefs made cornerback Josh Norman look so bad he lost his starting job for more than a year and a half. Norman is now a Pro Bowler and probably will have a say in the outcome of this one. Record: 8-1.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. ET
The Chiefs had the fourth-most sacks in the NFL last season (47), and they have the second most in the past three seasons (140). However, Justin Houston is coming off ACL and LCL surgery. Still, Kansas City will one of four top-10 defenses from 2015 that the Jaguars will face this season. Record: 4-4
Acee: Election year for Chargers will end successfully from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan. 1 Kansas City Chiefs, 1:25 p.m., CBS
Another finale - at home - against the Chiefs with another playoff berth on the line. No Eric Weddle to execute a fake punt, but maybe Jalen Ramsey will make a difference. Win
Hargis: Eric Berry's message: Appreciate 'daily miracles' from The Chattanooga Times Free Press
The dreadful word, "cancer," was still fresh on Eric Berry's mind from his own diagnosis when he visited a Kansas City-area children's hospital last year. As part of the work he does off the field in the community where he plays, the Chiefs safety had committed to spend a day signing autographs, posing for pictures and generally brightening the day and outlook for sick kids.
Only weeks earlier, in December 2014, Berry had been told he had Hodgkin's lymphoma, and as he made his way through the pediatric oncology hall, he felt a sudden kinship with the kids he visited. Walking from room to room, an odd thing happened as the NFL star who was supposed to serve as the source of encouragement that day instead found himself as the one who was inspired and filled with a renewed determination to fight the disease with every ounce of strength he could muster.
7 things to know about the Colts' 2016 schedule from The Indianapolis Star
Chiefs return to Lucas Oil Stadium
Though they probably wish they didn't have to. The last time they played here, the Colts spotted Kansas City a 28-point lead in the Wild Card round of the 2013 playoffs before rallying for the second-largest postseason comeback win in history. Colts 45, Chiefs 44. Three years later, it still seems improbable. Kansas City comes to Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 30.
Making the 2016 Schedule from MMQB
Changes in the holiday schedule. Normally when the NFL schedule conflicts with a Christmas on Sunday, the leagues plays one game. This year there are 12 Saturday games on Christmas weekend, one on Monday, and two on Sunday. Cincinnati-Houston (the wild-card classic) is on NFL Network on Christmas Eve, and then two good games are played on the holidayâBaltimore-Pittsburgh on NFL Network at 4:30 p.m. ET on Christmas day, followed by Denver-Kansas City on NBC on Christmas night. The Detroit-Dallas game is the Monday nighter in Week 16, on Dec. 26.
The Steelers will host the Ravens in a game that will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network. That game will be followed by the Broncos playing in Kansas City against the Chiefs in a game that will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
This season will mark the first time in 10 years that the NFL has held two regular-season games on Christmas Day. The league also held a Christmas Day doubleheader from 2004-06. The Steelers are the only one of the three teams that has never played on Christmas.
Sarah Thomas, James Marsalis among Pascagoula HOF's talented class of '16 from The Sun Herald
Former athletes of Carver High School, a black school that shut down in 1970 during integration, are also included in the Pascagoula Hall.
One of the most accomplished men to be announced Thursday was a Carver product -- former Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints defensive back James Marsalis, who had a nine-year career in the NFL.
Marsalis played at Carver from 1960-63 before moving onto Tennessee State. He was twice named All-SWAC and won the American Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1969, the same year the Chiefs won the Super Bowl over the Minnesota Vikings.
Farewell (again) in San Diego and Oakland?
After only semi-solving the Los Angeles market this winter, the NFL still has two teams who in theory could be playing the final season in their current market.
The San Diego Chargers have an agreement to join the Rams in Los Angeles in 2017 if they are unable to reach agreement locally on a new stadium. If that happens, their final game in San Diego will be on Jan. 1, when they will host the Chiefs.
The Raiders, meanwhile, would have the opportunity to move to Los Angeles if the Chargers do not. So their last game at O.co Stadium could be Dec. 24 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Former Chiefs players honor two student cancer survivors from The Mill Valley News
Freshmen Bobby Dyche and Karsyn Aylward were honored in an assembly hosted by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation on Wednesday, April 13.
Both Dyche and Aylward are now in remission after being diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer as eighth graders.
The induction was kept a secret from both Dyche and Aylward until they were called down to the middle of the gymnasium to receive their own Chiefs jersey.
"I didn't know anything; I thought it was just a normal day going to school," Dyche said. "I'm feeling really good."
What Makes a Real Man? from Christian News Wire
Ninety percent of homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes. Today, 17.4 million children under the age of 18 are being raised without a father. These children are more likely to use drugs, commit crimes, and fail to achieve their potential. The facts are clear - men are critical to the well being of children, families, and the nation.
On Friday April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd, Mike Devito of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pastor Ken Graves of Calvary Chapel Bangor, ME will speak at Man to Man, a conference exhorting men to lead at home, in their communities, and beyond. Together, Mike and Ken will engage men on aspects of how to be better husbands, fathers, singles, and above all, how to become real men.
NOTE ON THE AGENDA: NFL announces full calendar of Season 2016 from The Playoffs [translated from the original Portuguese]
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