2022 Season Preview For Kansas City Chiefs: Predictions And Pointers

Written By Darren Cooper on February 15, 2022 - Last Updated on March 4, 2022
Chiefs Favorites Of The 2022 Season

The Kansas City Chiefs are the favorite to reach Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

Chiefs fans probably didn’t enjoy watching Super Bowl LVI Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams edged the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20. That should have been us!

The Chiefs were upset by the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game on a field goal in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium.

No team has more wins in the NFL than the Chiefs in the last five years (60). Kansas City also set a record in the AFC Western Division with its sixth straight division title (no team in the division has a longer streak). That streak of six in a row is the thirdlongest in NFL history.

With superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a superpowered offense, the team expects to contend again in the 2022 season. They will be looking to reach the AFC title game for the fifth year in a row.

Efforts are ongoing to launch sports betting in Missouri, but while we wait for the kickoff for the Chiefs in 2022, we can still see what bettors in other states are working with.

What do the oddsmakers say about the Chiefs?

They like them. A lot.

Just about every major sportsbook has Kansas City as the favorite to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2023. 

DraftKings and BetMGM list the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills as co-favorites at +750. Remember, the Bills and Chiefs played a legendary game in the AFC Divisional Round. Caesars has the Chiefs as the sole favorite at +700.

What about the rest of the AFC West?

BetMGM doesn’t see the Chiefs encountering too much difficulty in the AFC West.

The Denver Broncos are the next favorite on the board from the division at +1600. The Broncos just hired a new coach, Nathaniel Hackett, off the staff of the Green Bay Packers.

The Los Angeles Chargers are listed at +2500. Additionally, the Las Vegas Raiders are +5000 to make the Super Bowl. The Raiders will have a new coach in 2022, hiring Josh McDaniels from the New England Patriots.

Biggest 2022 opponents

The NFL went to a 17game regular season in 2021. Kansas City will play nine games on the road and eight at home.

Chiefs eight home opponents:

  • Denver Broncos
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Buffalo Bills

Kansas City Chiefs nine games on the road:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Denver Broncos
  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chiefs 2022 Must-See Games

There are three games every Chiefs fan is going to be interested in.

  1. Chiefs at Bengals: Don’t be surprised if this isn’t a Sunday night game, maybe even Week 1 of the regular season. This is a match-up of two of the NFL’s biggest young stars in Mahomes and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. And the Chiefs want revenge from the AFC Championship Game.
  2. Rams at Chiefs: Call this one Super Bowl 56-and-a-half. Arrowhead will certainly be roaring as the new Super Bowl champions come to visit. The last time they played was one of the greatest regularseason games in NFL history with the Rams winning 54-51.
  3. Bills at Chiefs: Here we go again from the playoffs, a rematch from the epic overtime 42-36 Chiefs win.

Feeling the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas from April 28-30. BetMGM has Michigan monster defensive end, Aidan Hutchinson, as the favorite to be selected first.

Kansas City will have the 30th overall selection in the draft. The Chiefs also have a pick in Round 2, two in Round 3 and one in Round 4. 

Who Kansas City selects will hinge a lot on free agency and what players come and go.

Off-Season To-Do List

The Chiefs started the season 2-3 (remember that?), but then the defense came together and Kansas City was brilliant the rest of the way. Nick Bolton led the Chiefs with 112 tackles and Chris Jones had nine sacks, but Kansas City could always use some help on defense.

The Chiefs must decide what to do with free-agent star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and Melvin Ingram Jr. 

Another free agent is running back Jerick McKinnon who played well in the playoffs.

A Sea of Red:  The last five seasons of Kansas City

  • 2021: Kansas City reaches the AFC Championship game, losing to the Bengals.
  • 2020: The Chiefs lose in the Super Bowl to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • 2019: Super Bowl LIV Champions. Kansas City beats San Francisco 31-20 in Super Bowl.
  • 2018: Lost in AFC Championship game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (Brady is now retired).
  • 2017: Chiefs lose by a point to Tennessee Titans in AFC wild-card game.
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Darren Cooper was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, just a short pirogue ride away from New Orleans. He started his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a writer and columnist in New Jersey since 1998. He's won 14 statewide press awards and earned his first Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in 2022.

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