With the 2022 NFL Schedules recently becoming public, the Kansas City Chiefs’ job to obtain another Super Bowl title doesn’t get any easier. The Chiefs’ first eight games are all opponents who had a winning record in 2021. Let’s talk a look at the 2022 Kansas City Chief’s schedule.
Week 1: At Arizona Cardinals
With the recent suspension of Cardinals star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, the Chiefs may have an easier time against Arizona in a fast-paced high scoring match up. These two teams are very similar. Both teams rely on their offensive power to win games rather than trusting in their defense. This should be an exciting way to kick off the Chiefs’ 2022 season.
Week 2: Vs Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers just came off a very successful offseason. With another year under Justin Herbert’s belt and with virtually the same offense the Chargers are set to be contenders in the AFC. Late last season these two teams showed how explosive they can be when matched up together. But with the Chargers adding multiple key players and with the Chiefs’ loss of Tyreek Hill they may have taken the edge in this matchup.
Week 3: At Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis is coming off of a heartbreaking finale from the 2021 season. The Colts had a rather quiet offseason besides the change in quarterback. The Colts parted ways with Carson Wentz who had a decent season with Indianapolis but they ultimately decided to pick up veteran Matt Ryan. With the Colts not fixing their major holes in the draft or in free agency, this match-up should be a relatively easy game for the Chiefs.
Week 4: At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Until Tom Brady decides to retire for more than a month it’s safe to say that Tampa Bay is in contention for a Super Bowl. Tampa Bay right now is more equipped on both sides of the ball than Kansas City. Although their past matchups were exciting games, this year seems like a mismatch. Without Tyreek Hill the Chiefs don’t have a premium wideout to take pressure off of Travis Kelce. And with Tampa Bay’s defense, it will be tough to move the ball easily without Hill.
Week 5: Vs Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas is another AFC West team that is coming out of a successful offseason. Adding a top-end wide receiver in Davante Adams will do wonders for this offense. But with the Raiders’ weakness in cornerbacks still being apparent the additions of solid wide receivers like Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdez-Scantling should be enough to overpower the Raiders’ very young secondary. Look for this game to be a thriller.
Week 6: vs Buffalo Bills
This is the rematch of the ultra-exciting divisional playoff game from last year. This game is what ultimately changed the NFL’s overtime rules. Last year neither of these teams’ defenses stood a chance against the opposing offenses. Tyreek Hill accumulated 150 receiving yards along with a touchdown. And with that ability to stretch the field gone, so are the Chiefs’ chances to keep up with the Bills.
Week 7: At San Fransisco 49ers
With San Fransisco’s turbulent offseason nobody really knows what the team is going to look like. With young star wideout Deebo Samuel requesting a trade it’s possible that he will sit out the season if need be. Also, there is the uncertainty at quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo is still a part of the roster despite the efforts from the front office to trade the quarterback. At this point in the season, it is more likely that second-year quarterback Trey Lance take the stage and become the starter in San Fransisco. Depending on who’s playing at this time Kansas City should be able to take advantage of the changing 49ers roster.
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Vs Tennessee Titans
With Tennessee trading their biggest receiving threat to Philadelphia, it may see a very one dimensional Titans team this season. Over the past few seasons, Tennessee has lost all of their star power on the outside. This leaves the obvious threat of running back Derrick Henry alone to carry this offense. With Henry being the last major threat in the Titans lineup, defenses will stack the box as they won’t worry about being beaten downfield as much. Kansas City should be able to slow down Henry enough to cruise to a victory.
Kansas City’s record through nine weeks: 5-3 (second in AFC West)