Chiefs 2021 NFL schedule: Opponents, dates, times for Kansas City games in upcoming season

Adam Hensley
The Examiner

The Kansas City Chiefs finally have their 2021 NFL schedule.

Kansas City finds itself with a highly-anticipated Week One contest vs. the Cleveland Browns — a rematch of the AFC Divisional Round game last season — before squaring off with Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens the following week on Sunday Night Football.

Overall, the Chiefs find themselves in five primetime games this season. Kansas City plays on Sunday Night Football three times, while playing a game on both Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football.

Kansas City's first divisional contest comes in Week Three in a home game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chiefs' bye comes in Week 12.

Here's who the Chiefs play in the 2021 NFL season (all times central).

Kansas City Chiefs 2021 schedule, kickoff times, TV channels

Sept. 12 — Browns @ Chiefs (3:25 p.m., CBS) 

Sept. 19 — Chiefs @ Ravens (7:20 p.m., NBC) SNF

Sept. 26 — Chargers @ Chiefs (noon, CBS)

Oct. 3 — Chiefs @ Eagles (noon, CBS)

Oct. 10 — Bills @ Chiefs (7:20 p.m., NBC) SNF

Oct. 17 — Chiefs @ Washington Football Team (noon, CBS)

Oct. 24 — Chiefs @ Titans (noon, CBS)

Nov. 1 — Giants @ Chiefs (7:15 p.m., ESPN) MNF

Nov. 7 — Packers @ Chiefs (3:25 p.m., FOX)

Nov. 14 — Chiefs @ Raiders (7:20 p.m., NBC) SNF

Nov. 21 — Cowboys @ Chiefs (3:25 p.m., FOX)

BYE

Dec. 5 — Broncos at Chiefs (noon, CBS)

Dec. 12 — Raiders @ Chiefs (noon, CBS)

Dec. 16 — Chiefs @ Chargers (7:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) TNF

Dec. 26 — Steelers @ Chiefs (3:25 p.m., CBS)

Jan. 2 — Chiefs @ Bengals (noon, CBS)

Jan. 9 — Chiefs @ Broncos (3:25 p.m., CBS)

Most of Kansas City's toughest opponents travel to Arrowhead

And the Chiefs knock out arguably their toughest road game in Week Two against Baltimore.

Kansas City faces Cleveland, Buffalo, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh — all playoff teams a year ago — at home this season.

Chiefs' playoff rematches with the Browns and Bills happen early

In the first five weeks of the season, Kansas City faces (and hosts) it's two AFC matchups from last season's playoffs: Cleveland and Buffalo.

The Chiefs beat the Browns 22-17 in the AFC Divisional Round before running past the Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship last season.

Kansas City plays just one divisional foe in its first nine weeks

Kansas City squares off against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 26, but after that, the Chiefs won't face an AFC West foe until Nov. 14 when they travel to Las Vegas and play the Raiders.

Other notes on the Chiefs' schedule

  • Kansas City has nine home games in 2021
  • Chiefs are on the road for three of their final four games

Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83.