The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated the primetime NFL calendar this season, but apparently they’ve played their last standalone night game.
Schedule Update— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 30, 2022
Our Week 14 game at Denver on December 11 has been moved to 3:05 pm on CBS.
In Week 14, the Chiefs will travel to play the Denver Broncos for a 3:05 Arrowhead time kickoff — rather than the 7:20 kickoff on Sunday Night Football that was initially planned. The NFL elected to give the Miami Dolphins traveling to the Los Angeles Chargers the primetime spot instead.
The most likely reason for the action comes at the blame of Denver. The 3-8 Broncos have been woeful this season, especially on offense. They average 14.3 points per game, the lowest total in the NFL — and the lowest per-game average of any team since 2018.
Their defense has been one of the league’s best — that’s just how bad the offense led by quarterback Russell Wilson has been. Bad enough to take Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes out of primetime, not giving him another opportunity in the primetime slot this regular season.
The Dolphins and Chargers are both vying for a spot in the AFC playoffs, so a bigger spotlight on that contest makes sense as well.