NFL Notebook: Examining the Schedules of AFC West Rivals

Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, DEC 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Final score: LAC 29 - KC 28
Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, DEC 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Final score: LAC 29 - KC 28

Now that the full NFL schedule is released, let’s break down when and where the Chargers’ AFC West rivals will be playing in 2019:

Denver Broncos: Head Coach Vic Fangio and quarterback Joe Flacco will make their Broncos debuts in Week 1 on the road against the Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.” Denver’s only other scheduled primetime game is in Week 7 at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on “Thursday Night Football.”

The Broncos don’t play more than two consecutive games away from Denver in 2019. Their bye comes in Week 10.

Divisional opponents are sprinkled throughout. Denver plays three AFC West games during the first seven weeks of the season, and three more over the last five weeks. They’ll face the Chargers in Week 5 (at LA) and Week 13 (in Denver).

Other notable games outside the division include a Week 2 home matchup – and a reunion for Fangio – against the Chicago Bears. Denver also travels to Green Bay in Week 3 and Minnesota in Week 11.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes and Co. open the season with three of their first four games on the road. They have five primetime games in 2019, but the first isn’t until Week 5 vs. Indianapolis – a “Sunday Night Football” rematch of last season’s AFC divisional round game.

Kansas City’s other four primetime matchups are as follows: Week 7 at Denver (TNF), Week 8 vs. Green Bay (SNF), Week 11 against the Chargers in Mexico City (MNF), and Week 16 at Chicago (SNF).

Like the Chargers, the Chiefs’ bye comes in Week 12. Two weeks later, they’ll travel to Foxborough to face the Patriots in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship.

Four of Kansas City’s final six games will come against AFC West opponents. The Chiefs host Los Angeles at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 17.

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s bunch will be tested early with two divisional home games to open the season: vs. Denver (MNF) and Kansas City.

Then, it’s 48 straight days without a football game in Oakland.

The marathon stretch away from home includes a Week 5 trip across the pond to face Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears in London. An early bye comes in Week 6. All in all, the Raiders will kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific seven times in 2019.

Oakland’s second primetime game of the season is home against the Chargers in Week 10 on Thursday night. Los Angeles will face Oakland one final time in Week 16 before the Raiders officially move to Las Vegas in 2020.

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