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Chiefs schedule 2021: Dates, game times, opponents, and more

The day has come! Let’s talk about the Chiefs’ 2021 schedule.

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The 2021 regular-season schedule is here!

The Kansas City Chiefs’ biggest game is Week 5 hosting the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football.

The Chiefs won’t see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year — that is, unless both teams make it back to the Super Bowl. With that being the case, the biggest game has to be Week 5, which will see Kansas City take on Buffalo in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship in a nationally-aired primetime game.

At this writing, Buffalo is tied with the Rams and 49ers for third-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI, and the team spent its first two draft picks on two defensive ends that a lot of analysts liked: Miami’s Greg Rousseau and Wake Forest’s Boogie Basham. Perhaps the Bills watched the Super Bowl and believe a revamped front seven is the key to getting them over the hump against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs defeated the Bills last year in Week 5 and then in the AFC title game. With still only one conference bye to play for, this game could hold huge playoff implications — despite being played in the first third of the season. Close behind: Week 2 at Baltimore, Week 1 hosting Cleveland.

2021 Schedule

Wk
1
Sun
Sep 12
Browns GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 19
@Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
3
Sun
Sep 26
Chargers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
4
Sun
Oct 3
@Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
5
Sun
Oct 10
Bills GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
6
Sun
Oct 17
@Washington FedEx Field
Washington
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
7
Sun
Oct 24
@Titans Nissan Stadium
Nashville
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
8
Mon
Nov 1
Giants GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
ESPN
7:15 pm
Wk
9
Sun
Nov 7
Packers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
FOX
3:25 pm
Wk
10
Sun
Nov 14
@Raiders Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
11
Sun
Nov 21
Cowboys GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
FOX
3:25 pm
Wk
12
Bye
Week
- - -
Wk
13
Sun
Dec 5
Broncos GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 12
Raiders GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
15
Thu
Dec 16
@Chargers SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
FOX/NFLN
Amazon
7:20 pm
Wk
16
Sun
Dec 26
Steelers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
17
Sun
Jan 2
@Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
18
Sun
Jan 9
@Broncos Empire Field
Denver
CBS
3:25 pm

Rapid analysis

The Chiefs have five scheduled primetime games for the third season in a row. With there now being 17 games on the schedule, teams can be flexed to a maximum of seven primetime games. The scheduled primetime games are spread throughout the season with three in the first half (Ravens Week 2, Bills Week 5 and Giants Week 8) and two in the second half (Raiders Week 10 and Chargers Week 15). The Chiefs only have seven scheduled Noon games, a reflection of having a premier quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the continued success of two straight Super Bowl appearances. Unlike what has seemed to become typical in recent seasons, the Chiefs will play three of their final four games on the road. After a Week 13 bye week, the Chiefs’ final six games pit them against AFC teams, including four games within the AFC West. The Chiefs’ first-ever Week 18 regular-season game will be against the Denver Broncos and includes special flex scheduling for that weekend alone.

Strength of schedule

The Chiefs play the 11th-toughest schedule in the league in 2021, according to CBS Sports (full rankings based upon 2020 win percentage).