2022 NFL schedule released: Chiefs opponents, previews, full list of regular season schedule teams
The Kansas City Chiefs enter the 2022 season with high expectations, but a lot of changes. Although Kansas City is the only team to have won 50 regular season games and played four AFC Championship games in the past four years, the Chiefs have decided to leave longtime star Tyreek Hill and reshape the team. ‘offensive.
Patrick Mahomes has new offensive weapons for 2022. led by free agent signings JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling at wide receiver and Ronald Jones at running back. The Chiefs also selected wide receiver Skyy Moore in the second round of the NFL Draft and still have All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. On defense, the Chiefs selected cornerback Trent McDuffie and point carrier George Karlaftis in the first round of the draft. They also signed safety Justin Reid to replace the late Tyrann Mathieu.
Kansas City have won AFC West six times in a row but will have their toughest challenge yet in this talented division. The Chiefs will be one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl again, but they’ll have to get through their 2022 opponents first.
Below, check out a full rundown of the teams that will face the Chiefs this year, as well as a look at their 18-week regular season schedule (once announced):
Broncos (home, away): This AFC West rivalry just got a lot juicier with the Broncos adding Russell Wilson at quarterback this offseason. Denver should be an AFC playoff contender with Wilson at quarterback, the signalman the Broncos have been missing since Peyton Manning retired after Super Bowl 50 (the Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since ). The Chiefs have beaten the Broncos 13 times in a row.
Raiders (home, away): The Raiders, fresh from a playoff appearance last season, added Davante Adams this offseason and reunited him with Derek Carr. They also added Chandler Jones to team up with Maxx Crosby in the pass rush. Las Vegas has Josh McDaniels as head coach and Patrick Graham as the new defensive coordinator.
Chargers (home, away): The Chargers’ two games will be the most anticipated of the season, as Mahomes takes on Justin Herbert in a battle of division favorites. Kansas City and Los Angeles shared the season series last year, with Kansas City winning an overtime thriller at SoFi Stadium.
Jaguars (house): Andy Reid faces his former quarterback/assistant coach in Doug Pederson for the second time in his career. Trevor Lawrence will get his first glimpse of Mahomes.
Titans (home): The AFC Division Champions matchup (the Titans won the AFC South) will be the fourth straight calendar year Kansas City and Tennessee have met. The Chiefs will seek revenge on the Titans after Tennessee beat them 27-3 last November.
Rams (home): The last time Kansas City and Los Angeles met, the Chiefs lost 54-51 in one of the most memorable games in NFL history. Mahomes vs. Matthew Stafford should provide plenty of fireworks in one of the most exciting matches of the year.
Seahawks (home): Seattle is a rebuilding team in 2022 after trading Russell Wilson, but the Chiefs’ defense should be tested by the running back tandem of Rashaad Penny and rookie Kenneth Walker.
Invoices (home): It will be the biggest game on the NFL schedule after Kansas City beat Buffalo in overtime of the AFC Divisional Playoffs last year, a 42-36 overtime thriller. No Tyreek Hill this time for the Chiefs, who face the potential Super Bowl favorite to exit the AFC. Mahomes vs. Josh Allen will get a lot of hype – again.
Texans (away): The Chiefs continue their AFC South tour with a visit to Houston, traveling there for the first time since 2017. Mahomes will get his first look at Texans quarterback Davis Mills.
Foals (outside): Indianapolis has Matt Ryan at quarterback as the Colts are a contender for the AFC South and a playoff spot. Kansas City travels to Indianapolis for the first time since 2016, when Andrew Luck was the Colts’ quarterback.
49ers (away): A Super Bowl LIV rematch will be on the minds of San Francisco, which lost a 10-point lead to Kansas City in the fourth quarter of this game. Charvarius Ward will also face the Chiefs for the first time since signing with San Francisco.
Cardinals (away): Mahomes vs. Kyler Murray will also be an exciting quarterback game as the Chiefs complete the NFC West gauntlet. Kansas City is heading to the desert for the first time since 2014.
Bengals (away): The rematch of last year’s AFC championship game pins Mahomes against Joe Burrow in one of the biggest games of the 2022 season. Cincinnati beat Kansas City to qualify for Super Bowl LVI and rebuilt his offensive line for a new appearance.
Buccaneers (outside): Mahomes vs. Tom Brady in a Super Bowl LV rematch. This match should be one of the most watched of the year, as it is potentially the last time the two quarterbacks meet.