Well folks, football season is here. Well kind of. The NFL officially released the 2013 regular season schedule in its entirety and let's just say, September can't get here soon enough. The Andy Reid era in Kansas City will officially begin on the road in north Florida as the Chiefs will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Other headlines in the schedule is Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia in Week 3 on September 19th on Thursday night football. The Chiefs will play three straight home games at Arrowhead in the middle of the season, they will play Peyton Manning and the Donkeys twice in three weeks, and they will close the season on the road in San Diego against the Chargers.
Here is the full slate of games including dates and times (CST) for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs:
Week 1: Sept. 8 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars (12pm)
Week 2: Sept. 15 – vs. Dallas Cowboys (12pm)
Week 3: Sept. 19 (Thursday Night) – @ Philadelphia Eagles (7:25pm)
Week 4: Sept. 29 – vs. New York Giants (12pm)
Week 5: Oct. 6 – @ Tennessee Titans (12pm)
Week 6: Oct. 13 – vs. Oakland Raiders (12pm)
Week 7: Oct. 20 – vs. Houston Texans (12pm)
Week 8: Oct. 27 – vs. Cleveland Browns (12pm)
Week 9: Nov. 3 – @ Buffalo Bills (12pm)
Week 10: Nov. 10 – Bye Week
Week 11: Nov. 17 – @ Denver Broncos (3:05pm)
Week 12: Nov. 24 – vs. San Diego Chargers (12pm)
Week 13: Dec. 1 – vs. Denver Broncos (12pm)
Week 14: Dec. 8 – @ Washington Redskins (12pm)
Week 15: Dec. 15 – @ Oakland Raiders (3:05pm)
Week 16: Dec. 22 – vs. Indianapolis Colts (12pm)
Week 17: Dec. 29 – @ San Diego Chargers (3:25pm)
The initial reaction to this schedule should be a pleasing one for Chiefs fans. The opening game against the Jaguars is a very winnable game and a great opportunity to start off the season on the right foot, something this team has struggled to do the last couple seasons. Having three straight home games in the first half of the year will be an advantage, as the home crowd will be a huge factor in helping this team win games. The format of this schedule is very similar to the one a year ago, but hopefully the results are much different. The Chiefs will play nine straight games before their bye week in week 10, and then will have the challenge of facing Peyton Manning twice in just three weeks. They will close the season on the road in three of the last four contests, one being against RG3's Redskins.
There is only one primetime game the Chiefs will play in and that will be in Philly on a Thursday night in Andy Reid's homecoming. But overall, it is an exciting schedule with exciting opponents and all Chiefs fans should be anxious about the upcoming season. Hopefully there will be an extension to this schedule with some games in January if the team can reach the playoffs after winning just two games a year ago. But there is a lot of work to do between now and then.
Is it September yet?
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