The Kansas City Chiefs will likely face a tougher road to the AFC West title in 2011, as the team will play six games againts 2010 playoff teams, the team announced on Monday.
According to the NFL, the Chiefs will face Chicago, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh during the regular season next year. The dates, kickoff times and preseason opponents will be announced on a later date.
Visits to Arrowhead by Pittsburgh and Green Bay will highlight the Chiefs home schedule in 2011. Based on Kansas City’s first-place finish in the AFC West, the Chiefs will host Pittsburgh for the second time in three seasons. Kansas City registered a 27-24 OT win in the Steelers last visit to Arrowhead (11/22/09). The Chiefs will host Green Bay for a second consecutive year after defeating the Packers by a 17-10 margin in the preseason (9/2/10).
In addition to games against the club’s traditional AFC West rivals - Oakland, Denver and San Diego - Buffalo and Miami will visit Arrowhead next season. The Bills will travel to Kansas City for the fourth consecutive year, while Miami will make its first regular season appearance at Arrowhead since 2008. The Chiefs will also host Minnesota in 2011, marking the Vikings first trip to Kansas City since 2007.
Kansas City’s 2011 road schedule will feature four contests against 2010 playoff participants. The Chiefs will visit New England for the first time since 2008 and the club will also play on the road against the N.Y. Jets, marking Kansas City’s first-ever appearance at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Based on the club’s first-place finish, the Chiefs will also travel to Indianapolis for a second straight season. In addition, Kansas City will face the NFC North champion Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Chiefs regular season road schedule will also include a trek to Ford Field in Detroit.
CHIEFS 2011 REGULAR SEASON OPPONENTS
(* indicates 2010 playoff team)