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Kansas City Chiefs get difficult start to 2008 season

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CHIEFS PRESEASON AND REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE SET FOR 2008

The National Football League officially announced its 2008 schedule on Tuesday. The Chiefs schedule features five games against four teams that qualified for the 2007 playoffs, including a season opener at the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots on September 7th. The Chiefs will also play two games against AFC West champion San Diego, while hosting NFC South winner Tampa Bay and AFC Wild Card qualifier Tennessee.

The Chiefs will open the regular season on the road for the second straight season with their trip to New England. Kansas City will then face the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders for the home opener at Arrowhead on September 14th. After traveling to Atlanta in Week Three for the first time since the 2000 season finale, the Chiefs return home to play Denver on September 28th.

October opens with Kansas City’s first regular season visit to Carolina since ’97 before the Chiefs enjoy their bye week on October 12th. Tennessee will be at Arrowhead Stadium on October 19th before the Chiefs travel to the N.Y. Jets for the second straight season.

Tampa Bay will make its first trip to Arrowhead since ’86 with a November 2nd appointment in Kansas City. That game will break the second-longest current streak an NFL team has gone without traveling to an opponent. The Chiefs will travel to the defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers on November 9th and also host the Chargers on December 14th. Kansas City will enjoy back-to-back home contests against New Orleans and Buffalo prior to embarking on an AFC West road swing through Oakland and Denver. Those two away games coincide with the dates that Arrowhead Stadium is hosting both the Kansas vs. Missouri college football game on November 30th and the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game on December 7th.

The Miami Dolphins come to Kansas City for the first time since in 2002 on December 21st before the Chiefs close out their regular season slate with a trip to Cincinnati on December 28th. The Chiefs have hosted the Bengals in three straight seasons, but will visit Cincinnati for the first time since 2003.

The final seven contests on the Chiefs 2008 schedule are subject to the league’s flexible scheduling policy. Twelve days prior to the scheduled Sunday games in each flex week, the NFL will announce the game being moved to NBC at 7:15 PM (Central) and also may announce games moving to 3:15 PM (Central). For the Week 17 games, the decision may be made on six days notice to ensure a Sunday night game with playoff implications. Fans are encouraged to be flexible in their travel arrangements and those fans booking flights are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets.

2008 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS SCHEDULE

PRESEASON

Thursday, August 7 at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM CBS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 ARIZONA CARDINALS 7:00 PM CBS

Saturday, August 23 at Miami Dolphins 6:30 PM CBS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 ST. LOUIS RAMS 7:00 PM CBS

REGULAR SEASON

Sunday, September 7 at New England Patriots 12:00 NOON CBS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 OAKLAND RAIDERS 12:00 NOON CBS

Sunday, September 21 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00 NOON CBS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 DENVER BRONCOS 12:00 NOON CBS

Sunday, October 5 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 NOON CBS

Sunday, October 12 --- OPEN DATE ---

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00 NOON CBS

Sunday, October 26 at New York Jets 12:00 NOON CBS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 12:00 NOON FOX

Sunday, November 9 at San Diego Chargers 3:15 PM CBS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00 NOON* FOX

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 BUFFALO BILLS 12:00 NOON* CBS

Sunday, November 30 at Oakland Raiders 3:15 PM* CBS

Sunday, December 7 at Denver Broncos 3:05 PM* CBS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 12:00 NOON* CBS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 MIAMI DOLPHINS 12:00 NOON* CBS

Sunday, December 28 at Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 NOON* CBS

ALL TIMES CENTRAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

* SUBJECT TO FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING


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