Chiefs release their 2014 schedule, with dates, times and TV

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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The Chiefs officially released their 2014 schedule on Wednesday, and it appears an action-packed first month awaits coach Andy Reid and his squad.

The Chiefs kick things off at home against Tennessee, which will mark the return of fan favorite and Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster, who signed with the Titans via free agency in March.

After that, they will travel to Denver to face the defending AFC champion Broncos. A road trip to Miami awaits in week three before the Chiefs play host to New England at home on a Monday for the first night game at Arrowhead Stadium in three years.

The Chiefs, who face four playoff teams in their first six games, also have two more primetime games. They will travel to Oakland on Nov. 20 for a Thursday night tilt against the Raiders, and will play host to Denver at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 for a Sunday night showdown.

“We always look forward to the schedule coming out,” Reid said in a statement. “This allows us to get started preparing for our opponents in the order we play them. Today is really about our fans. There is no question that Chiefs Kingdom will be fired up come September.”

In all, the Chiefs’ schedule features seven games against five playoff teams from the 2013 season, including games against all four conference championship game finalists. The combined winning percentage of the Chiefs’ 2014 opponents is .558, which makes this the league’s seventh-hardest schedule. One bright note — it’s still easier than divisional foes Oakland (No. 1), Denver (No. 2) and San Diego (No. 4).

Here’s the Chiefs’ entire 2014 schedule, with a little analysis on each regular-season game.

PRESEASON

Cincinnati

• Time/date: 7 p.m. Aug. 7

• TV: KCTV (Ch. 5)

at Carolina

• Time/date: 7 p.m. Aug. 17

• TV: Fox (Ch. 4)

Minnesota

• Time/date: 7 p.m. Aug. 23

• TV: KCTV (Ch. 5)

at Green Bay

• Time/date: 6 p.m. Aug. 28

• TV: KCTV (Ch. 5)

REGULAR SEASON

Tennessee

• Time/date: Noon Sept. 7

• TV: CBS (Ch. 5)

• Comment: Fan favorite and Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster returns to Kansas City. The Chiefs beat the Titans on the road last season.

at Denver

• Time/date: 3:25 p.m. Sept. 14

• TV: CBS (Ch. 5)

•Comment: The Chiefs won’t have to wait 11 weeks to measure themselves against the Broncos this year. They’ll get their first look at a high-powered Denver squad in the same place they saw their season-opening nine-game winning streak snapped in 2013.

at Miami

• Time/date: 3:25 p.m. Sept. 21

• TV: CBS (Ch. 5)

• Comment: Former Chiefs tackle Branden Albert, who signed with the Dolphins as a free agent last month, gets his first crack at the team that drafted him.

New England

• Time/date: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29

• TV: ESPN

• Comment: The first prime-time game at Arrowhead in three years should be electric, regardless of how the Chiefs start the season. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 4-1 all-time against the Chiefs.

at San Francisco

• Time/date: 3:25 p.m. Oct. 5