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Report: NFL schedule will be late — again

We expected this — and now we have confirmation.

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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.

Chiefs 2021 opponents:

Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Away: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders, Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team.