The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs officially begin their title defense on Thursday Night Football in early September.
The Chiefs, who are coming off a 13-4 campaign that saw them knock off the Eagles, 38-35, in Super Bowl LVII, will host Detroit on Sept. 7 in the team’s regular season opener.
It seems a longshot that there will be legal Missouri sportsbooks in time for the Chiefs opener.
Kansas City fans can cross the border into Kansas and already place bets on the team’s season opener.
BetMGM — which will likely feature a BetMGM Sportsbook Missouri when betting becomes legal in the state — has given the Chiefs a 7-point edge with a moneyline of -300 for the opener against the Lions.
The Chiefs have the best Super Bowl futures (+650) of any NFL team.
BetMissouri.com created a point system to determine the toughest three-game stretch of the Chiefs 2023-24 schedule. For points, we awarded one to four points for each grouping of eight teams in final standings from the 2022-23 season (Chiefs = four pts, Bears = one point), two points for an away game, two points for a short week (going into TNF game or coming off MNF), two points for an international game, one point for divisional opponent and one point for primetime game.
Toughest Stretches of Chiefs Season
When betting becomes legal in the state, BetMissouri.com will provide Missouri sportsbook promo codes.
Chiefs Schedule Features Two Tough Stretches
Kansas City’s three-game stretch against the N.Y. Jets (on Sunday Night Football), Minnesota on the road and at home against Denver on Thursday Night Football sees it square off against a trio of teams with fresh hopes.
The Jets, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, traded for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the offseason and signed Pro Bowl wideout Randall Cobb.
The Jets have the second-best divisional odds on BetMGM (behind Buffalo), sitting at +225.
The Vikings are coming off an NFC North title run that saw them go 13-4 despite posting a minus-4 point differential. Minnesota brings back 1,800-yard receiver Justin Jefferson and 1,000-yard rusher Dalvin Cook.
The Broncos are looking to rebound after a dismal 5-12 campaign in Year Two of the Russell Wilson era under new coach Sean Payton, who Denver acquired from New Orleans (out of retirement) during the offseason.
If Kansas City survives that stretch, it’s schedule features another challenge beginning in Week 11 with a Super Bowl rematch on Monday Night Football.
Games at Las Vegas and at Green Bay on Sunday Night Football follow.
Both stretches figure to push Patrick Mahomes and company to the limit, with another AFC West title likely riding on how the team fares in those six games.