The Kansas City Chiefs are already set to play five games in prime time in 2022, but there is a possibility the team could play in more prime-time games due to the NFL’s flexible scheduling policy.
Last season, the NFL flexed the Chiefs vs. Broncos Week 13 game from the afternoon slate to “Sunday Night Football.” It gave the team six games in prime time for the 2022 NFL season. A move like that could happen again at a few different points during the course of the 2022 NFL season.
The NFL’s flexible scheduling policy applies to Weeks 5 through 15 and Week 17 this season. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be flexed into “Sunday Night Football.” That’s significant for Kansas City because they play in a ton of late afternoon games in 2022.
It’s also important to note that networks are allowed to protect one game from flexible scheduling. CBS is rumored to have done so with the team’s Week 6 game against the Bills, meaning that Kansas City would have just four eligible games to be moved under the league’s flexible scheduling policy.
Here’s a quick look at each of those games and our thoughts on the likelihood of the game getting moved: