(WIBW) - "It's the Super Bowl. There are no other goals."
Patrick Mahomes made that clear when the Kansas City Chiefs reported for offseason workouts on Monday. And now, we know what the path to Super Bowl LIV looks like.
Kansas City's 2019 schedule came out on Wednesday night. The full slate is below:
- Week 1: Sep. 8 @ JACKSONVILLE; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 2: Sep. 15 @ OAKLAND; 3:05 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 3: Sep. 22 vs. BALTIMORE; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 4: Sep. 29 @ DETROIT; 12 p.m.; FOX
- Week 5: Oct. 6 vs. INDIANAPOLIS; 7:20 p.m.; NBC
- Week 6: Oct. 13 vs. HOUSTON; 12 p.m.; CBS
- Week 7: Oct. 17 @ DENVER; 7:20 p.m.; FOX/NFLN/Amazon
- Week 8: Oct. 27 vs. GREEN BAY; 7:20 p.m.; NBC
- Week 9: Nov. 3 vs. MINNESOTA; 12 p.m.; FOX
- Week 10: Nov. 10 @ TENNESSEE; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 11: Nov. 18 @ L.A. CHARGERS (in Mexico); 7:15 p.m.; ESPN
- Week 12: BYE
- Week 13: Dec. 1 vs. OAKLAND; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 14: Dec. 8 @ NEW ENGLAND; 3:25 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 15: Dec. 15 vs. DENVER; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
- Week 16: Dec. 22 @ CHICAGO; 7:20 p.m.; NBC
- Week 17: Dec. 29 vs. L.A. CHARGERS; 12 p.m.; WIBW-TV
With the reigning MVP, what should be a productive offense again and a team that figures to contend, the Chiefs are a featured primetime squad for 2019 with five nighttime kickoffs scheduled. Some of those matchup immediately stand out, but not before one at 3:25 p.m. on December 8.
That date sfeature an AFC Championship Game rematch with the Patriots in New England. WIBW will televise the game. New England vanquished Kansas City's Super Bowl hopes after narrowly pulling out a 37-31 victory in Arrowhead last season.
A Sunday Night Football matchup on Oct. 27 between Kansas City and the Green Bay Packers immediately brings two names to mind: Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Two of the best and most electric quarterbacks in football will duel it out on a national stage.
The Chiefs' home opener on Sept. 22 brings an opponent that featured one of the best games of the 2018 season: the Baltimore Ravens. Second-year starter quarterback Lamar Jackson will lead the defending AFC North division champions to try and avenge a thrilling 27-24 overtime loss at the hands of Kansas City in Arrowhead last season.
Finally, November 18 will take the Chiefs to Mexico to take on the Chargers. Kansas City was supposed to play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City last season, but the game was moved to Los Angeles due to unsafe field conditions.
Last season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 12-4 regular-season record and its third straight AFC West division title on his way to an MVP award. As he enters his second season as a starter, the star quarterback will try to follow up a campaign that featured 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns through the air.
What remains to be seen is if he will have his top weapon in Tyreek Hill. Overland Park police are investigating an alleged battery incident that occurred at the home of Hill and his fiancee. The star wide receiver's status with the team hasn't changed and he did report for offseason workouts.
The team is going through a transition on defense. It's led by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who now tries to improve a unit that moved on from Justin Houston (release) and Dee Ford (trade). Kansas City signed playmaking safety Tyrann Mathieu in free agency and traded for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to help a defense that finished 31st in the NFL in total defense.