In 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs finished the regular season with a 12-4 record. The team placed first in the West Division of the American Football Conference and reached the divisional round of the playoffs. Because the Chiefs clinched their division, they will enter the 2017 campaign with a first-place schedule.
Kansas City will have the opportunity for redemption against the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Chiefs in the playoffs. In addition, the franchise will have the chance to test its skills in a matchup with the New England Patriots, the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Chiefs will play five games, roughly a third of the season, in primetime television slots.