The 2022 Chiefs’ schedule was released today by the National Football League. We’ve known about the opponents for some time — including nine of the 2021 playoff teams — so that piece of the schedule release isn’t surprising. Today we’ve learned what primetime games the team will play next season and where the games may play into a potential playoff race within the AFC West.
CBS Sports reports the Chiefs to have the fifth toughest schedule in 2022, based on combined opponents’ 2021 winning percentage. However, Warren Sharp Kansas City has the toughest schedule in the NFL. Sharp bases his findings not on 2021 results but instead based on 2022 win projections. The AFC West has become a dog fight this offseason, meaning Kansas City has many more meaningful (and difficult) matchups within their six-game division slate.
In total, the team has five primetime contests in next year’s schedule. With the schedule now released, here are the games that we’re most excited for next season:
5. Week Two — Chargers At Chiefs (Thursday Night Football)
The first divisional matchup of the season for the Chiefs should be a good measuring stick of where the offseason additions (and subtractions) leave Kansas City in the new AFC West pecking order. This is not to say that the game is a “must-win” by any means. After all, the Chiefs lost their early-season matchup with Los Angeles last season en route to yet another AFC Championship appearance. The Chargers failed to make the playoffs.
Mahomes versus Herbert, the newly remade Kansas City defensive secondary versus the Chargers’ top wideouts, and Juju Smith-Schuster versus JC Jackson. Lots of new faces join a familiar rivalry of young franchise quarterbacks. There is a lot to like in this matchup.
4. Week 13 — Chiefs At Bengals
The last time we saw the Chiefs on the field, they lost the AFC Championship game in a stunning comeback defeat to these Bengals. Since then, Cincinnati has revamped its offensive line by signing Tackle La’el Collins. They also spent their first three draft picks in this year’s draft on the defensive side of the football. The Bengals are ready to show the NFL that last season was no fluke.
Kansas City has undoubtedly spent all offseason with their bitter defeat to Cincy fresh in their mind. In Week 13, they’ll be at Paul Brown Stadium ready for revenge.
3. Week 14 — Chiefs At Broncos (Sunday Night Football)
By Week 14 much of the playoff picture will be in focus. As a result, this divisional matchup, pitting Patrick Mahomes against Russell Wilson in Mile High, should be a huge factor in deciding the AFC West. The last time the Chiefs suffered a loss to the Broncos was in September 2015. The team could have already added yet another win to that streak by this point next season.
The last time (and only time) Mahomes squared off against Wilson was a thriller in 2018. Seattle won 38 to 31 in a game that saw 45 points scored in the second half. In Denver, we can expect a similar shootout.
2. Week Six — Bills At Chiefs
Take all the bitterness that the fans in Kansas City feel following their heartbreaking loss to the Bengals and amplify it by 10. That’s how the Bills must feel after watching Patrick Mahomes and Co. come back to tie the game using just the 13 seconds remaining in regulation. The Chiefs, of course, would go on to defeat Buffalo in overtime en route to the AFC Championship game.
Week Six brings us a rematch of what many would call one of the greatest games they’ve ever witnessed. This one is not on primetime, but instead will be the CBS Game of the week with Tony Romo and Jim Nantz. It should bring more fireworks as the next chapter of this AFC Rivalry takes place.
1. Week Four — Chiefs At Buccaneers (Sunday Night Football)
The best matchup in the coming NFL Season happens in Week Four. It features Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady in what will likely become the final matchup between two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Tom Brady has already accepted a massive $375 million contract with Fox Sports to become their lead NFL Analyst. That makes the chances of a 2023 return very slim for Brady, who already retired once this past offseason.
The last time we saw these two teams face off was in Super Bowl LV. This game has the makings of becoming a game that you’ll tell your grandchildren about—Mahomes vs. Brady, Part Six.
Here’s the Chiefs’ full schedule for next season:
Our official 2022 lineup. pic.twitter.com/YllgSBvoRD — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 13, 2022
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