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The 2021 NFL schedule is officially here. With free agency mostly over with and the 2021 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, we can begin to preview the 2021 season. The AFC West should be one of the best divisions in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs will be motivated after falling short in the Super Bowl last year, the Los Angeles Chargers are excited to move forward with their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert, the Las Vegas Raiders feel they made some improvements to become more competitive and the Denver Broncos appeared to have had one of the best drafts of any NFL team.

The Chiefs have won the division five years in a row, but could that change in 2021? Additionally, how many teams will the AFC West send to the playoffs? Below, we will break down the Chiefs' 2021 schedule.

2021 Chiefs: Schedule

WEEK OPPONENT DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK

1

vs. Browns

Sept. 12

4:25 p.m.

CBS

2

at Ravens

Sept. 19

8:20 p.m.

NBC

3

vs. Chargers

Sept. 26

1 p.m.

CBS

4

at Eagles

Oct. 3

1 p.m.

CBS

5

vs. Bills

Oct. 10

8:20 p.m.

NBC

6

at Washington

Oct. 17

1 p.m.

CBS

7

at Titans

Oct. 24

1 p.m.

CBS

8

vs. Giants

Nov. 1

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

9

vs. Packers

Nov. 7

4:25 p.m.

FOX

10

at Raiders

Nov. 14

8:20 p.m.

NBC

11

vs. Cowboys

Nov. 21

4:25 p.m.

FOX

12

BYE

Nov. 28

13

vs. Broncos

Dec. 5

1 p.m.

CBS

14

vs. Raiders

Dec. 12

1 p.m.

CBS

15

at Chargers

Dec. 16

8:20 p.m.

FOX/NFL/Amazon

16

vs. Steelers

Dec. 26

4:25 p.m.

CBS

17

at Bengals

Jan. 2

1 p.m.

CBS

18 at Broncos Jan. 9 4:25 p.m. CBS

Chiefs key games

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 vs. Cleveland Browns: It's wild to consider, but the Browns may be one of the best teams in the NFL this season. This roster has talent on both sides of the ball, and it may just come down to whether Baker Mayfield can take another step forward. The Browns had the Chiefs on the ropes a few months ago when Patrick Mahomes went down with an injury in the divisional round, so Kansas City can't sleepwalk through this one.

Week 5 vs. Buffalo Bills: Kansas City defeated Buffalo in the AFC Championship game, so the Bills will be out for revenge. Remember, Josh Allen and Co. held a 9-0 lead in the second quarter before the Chiefs finally started to get things going.

Week 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys : Mahomes grew up a big Cowboys fan, and this will be the first time he takes on "America's Team." The Cowboys always seem to fall short of the preseason hype they receive every year, but maybe this season will be different. Dallas made some improvements to its defense, and star quarterback Dak Prescott finally got the extension he had been hoping for.

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Prediction of Every Game on the Kansas City Chiefs' 2021

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Photo: Getty Images

Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

In a rematch of what was a thrilling playoff matchup just a few months ago, the Cleveland Browns look to travel to Kansas City and defeat the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes should be healthy for the entirety of the game this time and while his offensive line will be far from harmonious, it will be enough to get the job done. The Browns are notorious for dropping the ball in Week 1, and they'll drop their first game of the season to a Chiefs team that's hungry for revenge on the entire NFL.

Final Score: 31-17. Chiefs Record: 1-0.

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens

Continuing the tour against the AFC North, this Chiefs-Ravens Sunday Night Football matchup could be one of the early contenders for the best game of the year. Lamar Jackson has new weapons at his disposal this season, one being former Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Baltimore will be looking to make a statement early on but ultimately, they don't quite have what it takes to beat the Chiefs yet. In a thrilling contest, Kansas City comes out on top.

Final Score: 28-24. Chiefs Record: 2-0.

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert had a spectacular rookie season in 2020 and the Los Angeles Chargers should be a much better team this year. That's a scary sight for the rest of the NFL, but the Chiefs are still the top dogs of the AFC West. Mahomes flexes his muscles and captains an aerial attack that proves to be too much for the Chargers to handle. This game should be close but in the end, the big brother prevails.

Final Score: 34-31. Chiefs Record: 3-0.

Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles

Andy Reid traveling to Philadelphia to face off against his former team. What could possibly go wrong? The Eagles are investing in Jalen Hurts as their quarterback and while he has a promising set of skills, he isn't capable of keeping up with a superior opponent. Jim Schwartz's unit ranked in the bottom half of the NFL a season ago and it isn't improved enough to slow down Mahomes and company — even at home.

Final Score: 28-17. Chiefs Record: 4-0.

Week 5: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills

A rematch of this past season's AFC Championship Game is what every football fan needs, especially relatively early in the season. The Bills were accepted by many as the biggest threat to the Chiefs heading into last postseason, but now that the offseason has mostly run its course, that may no longer be the case. Buffalo hasn't done a ton to improve as of late, but they're still an excellent squad. With that said, the Chiefs having home-field advantage may be the difference in this contest.

Final Score: 27-21. Chiefs Record: 5-0.

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team

Picking this game is fairly simple. The Washington Football Team is a quarterback away from potentially doing some damage in the NFC. Until then, it has no hopes of keeping up with a powerhouse of the Chiefs' caliber — barring an unforeseen event taking place. The Chiefs will win, but Washington's defense will make them earn it.

Final Score: 24-13. Chiefs Record: 6-0.

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Photo: USA Today

Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans

As recently as a year ago, the Tennessee Titans were a trendy pick to upset the Chiefs in a postseason environment. They saw quite a bit of overturn throughout their roster this offseason, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry remain. The duo is one of the better ones in the league, and it has proven in the past that it can beat the Chiefs. I'm going to roll with the upset here, even if I don't feel great about it.

Final Score: 31-28. Chiefs Record: 6-1.

Week 8: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants

Daniel Jones has an improved supporting cast around him but even then, the Giants seem to be a major piece or two away from being a serious playoff contender. On the first set of back-to-back home games, the Chiefs get back on track. Mahomes has a field day and Jones isn't able to keep up.

Final Score: 37-24. Chiefs Record: 7-1.

Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers

The status of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers is up in the air right now, but let's assume he's still a member of the team when this matchup rolls around. If that's the case, this has the makings of an instant classic. This will be the first time Mahomes and Rodgers square off, and two of the most talented signal-callers ever live up to the hype in a shootout that will be remembered for years to come. Additionally, the Chiefs narrowly escape with a win.

Final Score: 41-37. Chiefs Record: 8-1.

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders had their fun against the Chiefs last season but despite being in front of a home crowd in this scenario, they won't be able to pull out the win. The Chiefs get back to what they've been known for as of late against a division rival, securing a big win on the road.

Final Score: 24-14. Chiefs Record: 9-1.

Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys will be looking to return to the playoffs as Dak Prescott comes back from a gruesome leg injury, and they very well could do so. This game won't factor into their win total, though. The Chiefs have enough to do damage against a Dallas defense that isn't quite what it was a few seasons ago. This game should be smooth sailing for KC heading into the bye.

Final Score: 31-21. Chiefs Record: 10-1

Week 12: BYE

Nothing to see here. The Chiefs get a much-needed rest week before gearing up for the final stretch of the season.

Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Death, taxes and Reid coming off of a bye-week. Thirteen weeks into the season, it's hard to tell whether Drew Lock will still be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Even if he is, this is a game the Chiefs should still manage to win handily. There isn't too much to say about this contest.

Final Score: 30-17. Chiefs Record: 11-1

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Pretty much everything I said about the previous Chiefs-Raiders matchup can be applied to this game. It'll be a bit closer this time around.

Final Score: 27-21. Chiefs Record: 12-1

Week 15: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers

In the heat of a race for playoff positioning, the Chargers play lights out and come away with a win here. There seems to be a game or two every year that the Chiefs don't show up big for, and this is one of them. It won't be cause for concern, but rather a key win for a Los Angeles team that desperately needs it.

Final Score: 31-21. Chiefs Record: 12-2.

Week 16: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' window for contention has shut, but they should still be a scrappy team. As long as Ben Roethlisberger is the quarterback, though, things are going to be iffy on offense. With a solid defense, Pittsburgh keeps this one close. It just isn't a favorable outcome for Mike Tomlin's squad in the end.

Final Score: 28-23. Chiefs Record: 13-2.

Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow was great as a rookie despite being under constant duress last season in Cincinnati. The Bengals have somewhat fixed the offensive line surrounding him, which should help the offense as a whole score more points. This game comes down to which team has the advantage at quarterback and head coach. I like Burrow, but I don't like his chances against Mahomes and Reid.

Final Score: 38-28. Chiefs Record: 14-2.

Week 18: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

The scenario for this week is that Lock is playing for yet another year as the starter in Denver and the Chiefs have locked up the top seed in the AFC heading into the postseason. It's temping to still pick the Chiefs, but Denver likely needs this win more and has the talent to pull it off.

Final Score: 24-13. Chiefs Record: 14-3.

How to watch the Kansas City Chiefs

The three main channels showing Chiefs games this season are CBS, FOX, and NBC. According to the schedule, the Chiefs will play nine games on CBS, two games on FOX, and three games on NBC.

Aside from games on the main channels, the week three game against the Ravens will be broadcast on ESPN, and the week six game against the Bills will be on NFL Network.

fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV are both solid options for Chiefs fans that will provide most if not all of the channels needed to watch the games, but there’s plenty more to choose from.

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How to watch the Kansas City Chiefs on Hulu + Live TV

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Photo: Decider

Hulu is a video-streaming service, but with the the Live TV add-on, you can use Hulu to watch football games as they unfold.

CBS, FOX, and NBC are available with Hulu Live TV, so you’ll be able to see all of the Chiefs games that are broadcast on standard channels. It’s important to note that live games will only be accessible through the Live TV add-on, not the basic Hulu subscription by itself.

There are a few locations where Hulu includes local CBS, FOX, and NBC channels with their Live TV add-on, so Chiefs fans in some regions will be able to tune in to games via local broadcasts. Make sure to check your Hulu subscription to see if this applies to your area.

The key channels Hulu Live TV lacks are NFL Network and NFL RedZone. Since Thursday evening games and Saturday doubleheaders are broadcast on NFL Network, these games will not be viewable with a Hulu Live TV subscription. However, NBC’s Sunday Night Football and ESPN’s Monday Night Football are both available to watch with Hulu Live TV.

Hulu + Live TV is $54.99 per month, and the service comes with a free trial. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a streaming device such as Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick to watch with your smart TV.

How to watch the Kansas City Chiefs on fuboTV

fuboTV is another platform for video streaming, and the company caters their services to sports fans.

With a fuboTV subscription, you’ll be able to catch all of the Chiefs games on CBS, FOX, and NBC. On top of these channels, fuboTV subscribers also have access to the NFL Network, which is needed to watch the Chiefs’ week six game against Buffalo.

The Chiefs’ week three game will be broadcast on ESPN, and this year Chiefs fans with a Fubo TV subscription are in luck. For the first time, Fubo TV will include access to ESPN, so football fanatics never have to miss a game.

NFL RedZone is another popular channel missing from most streaming services, but Fubo TV offers RedZone access as an add-on to their standard subscriptions. The add-on should be less than $10 per month and comes with a short trial period.

Fubo TV starts at $59.99 per month for a subscription, and the company offers a free trial. But to watch the Fubo TV app on a smart TV, you’ll probably need to buy a streaming device, such as Roku.

How to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play on YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google’s response to the age of live video streaming. The platform allows football fans to get in on most of the action.

This service gives you access to the three main channels needed to watch the Chiefs play—CBS, FOX, and NBC. Aside from these channels, YouTube TV also features ESPN access, so you can catch the week three game against the Ravens.

Die-hard fans should note that a YouTube TV subscription does not include NFL Network, so the week six game will not be available through the platform. NFL RedZone is another channel this service lacks, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for these channels.

A YouTube TV subscription is a bit more pricey, starting at $64.99 per month. But the company includes a free trial with their subscriptions. Like the other streaming services, YouTube TV subscribers should keep in mind that a streaming device might be required to watch on a smart TV.

The new season is right around the corner, and football fans should have plenty of ways to stream the Chiefs. Whether you’re living in Kansas City or watching from another market, there’s no reason to miss a game now that they’re all available online. 2020 is the perfect year to start live streaming the Kansas City Chiefs. Let’s see if Patrick Mahomes can do it again.

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