The Kansas City Chiefs 2012 schedule was released on Tuesday and it includes two primetime nationally televised games. The games in front the entire nation will take place on back-to-back weeks.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, neither of those primetime games will be held at Arrowhead Stadium. The first is Week 9 against the Chargers in San Diego on Thursday night followed by a long layoff leading up to a showdown with former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in Week 10.
Neither game qualifies to be flexed, so no matter how the season progresses, the Chiefs will be on national TV at least twice. But they very well could be candidates to be flexed into primetime down the stretch.
Both games against the Denver Broncos (Weeks 12/17) are immediate candidates. Not only could they help decide the AFC West, but networks are going to be climbing over each other to get Peyton Manning games if he’s healthy.
Week 13 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead is also one that jumps off the schedule. Few players were more exciting last year than Newton and he is only going to be more fun to watch as the Panthers look to try and compete for a division title.
All in all, the Chiefs have to like their chances to reclaim the AFC West with this schedule.