The National Football League announced it's 2019 schedule Wednesday and for the Kansas City Chiefs, the road back to a fourth-consecutive playoff berth won't be an easy one.
The schedule includes five primetime games, a trip to Mexico City, Mexico, two playoff rematches and a tough slate against the NFC North as part of the non-division schedule for the Chiefs in the franchise's 60th season.
“As we embark on our 60th season as a franchise, I’m looking forward to celebrating this milestone by honoring the history and tradition of our team and our fans throughout the season,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a press release. “We were able to reach new heights as an organization last year with the tremendous support of Chiefs Kingdom and the Kansas City community.
"We have even bigger goals in mind heading into 2019 and we’ve already begun our preparation. Football is back, and I’m excited to kick off our 60th season with the Sea of Red.”
The Chiefs will begin the 2019 with back-to-back road games starting on September 8 when they travel to Jacksonville for a meeting with the Jaguars, led by former Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles and former receiver Chris Conley. In week two, it will be the first AFC West divisional game when the Oakland Raiders welcome the three-time defending division champions to Oakland on September 15.
The home opener at Arrowhead Stadium will be a rematch of one of 2018's most exciting contests for the Chiefs, who host the Baltimore Ravens in week three. Kansas City topped the Ravens 27-24 in overtime last season.
Kansas City's first primetime game will come in week five at Arrowhead in a rematch of last season's AFC Divisional Round contest between the Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.
Following a trip to Houston in week six, the Chiefs will play back-to-back primetime games beginning with a trip to Denver to take on the Broncos for Thursday Night Football on October 17.
The Chiefs will return home on October 27 to host the Green Bay Packers for another Sunday night game.
In the team's lone Monday Night Game of the season, the Chiefs will take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City in week 11, which will be followed by the team's bye week. The Chiefs were scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City last season but the game was moved due to field conditions.
Kansas City will host the Raiders following the bye week before traveling to New England for a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game on December 8.
After hosting the Broncos on December 15, the Chiefs will travel to Chicago for a Sunday night showdown with the Bears, who are coached by former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
The final game of the regular season will be a home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 29.
Starting in week five, 10 of the Chiefs games are subject to flexible scheduling.