The Kansas City Chiefs will begin their Super Bowl title defense against the Detroit Lions in the first game of the 2023 NFL season.
The NFL schedule for next year was released Thursday. The Chiefs will play the upstart Lions, who narrowly missed the playoffs in 2022. Detroit finished 9-8 on the season and in second place in the NFC North. The Lions haven’t made the playoffs since the 2016 season.
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The game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium on September 7 in Kansas City and will be seen on NBC.
Kansas City won the Super Bowl in an epic thriller over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs were not initially considered to win the Super Bowl after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos acquired Russell Wilson, but the team persevered.
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The Chiefs lost several key players over the course of the 2023 offseason, including offensive linemen Orlando Brown and Andrew Wylie, wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman, and safety Juan Thornhill. The team acquired offensive lineman Donovan Smith, safety Mike Edwards and linebacker Drue Tranquill to try to cover some of their holes.
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The Chiefs will see Hill again this season. Kansas City will face Miami in Germany as one of the NFL’s international games. The team also has a rematch with the Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals on its schedule this season.