This is the time of year when we normally find out not only which teams the Kansas City Chiefs will play in the upcoming season — something we can determine on the day the previous season ends — but also when (and sometimes where) they will play each game.
A year ago — while the NFL was working its way through the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic — the schedule release was moved back to May 7. This allowed the league time to reprogram the supercomputer it uses to create multiple schedules — from which they choose the one that they think gives them the best television matchups — so that they would have the flexibility to move games around if the pandemic forced some games to be rescheduled.
That strategy worked. Despite having to move more than a few games around, the NFL managed to play every game of the regular season. And now — with the additional complexity of an additional game on its regular-season schedule — the league is reportedly pushing the release date past the NFL Draft at the end of April. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the word.
For the second straight year, the 2021 NFL schedule will be released after the draft, per source. Not that there was much of a question about it, but it’s now official. Draft, then schedule.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 15, 2021