Tyreek Hill may have moved on to the Miami Dolphins, but Patrick Mahomes still has plenty of potent weapons available to him as the Kansas City Chiefs QB and while they will miss Hill, Andy Reid’s offense is not built solely upon their former wide receivers prodigious talents.

More problematic for the Chiefs may be replacing Tyrann Mathieu at safety, with the former Chiefs star now back home in New Orleans. They have made moves to do precisely that, but there’s still a feeling that the defense may be the Chiefs weak point, especially in this tough division.

However, the Chiefs can outscore any team, as they proved against the Bills in the playoffs last season, but they won’t want to have to go to the well too often in the super-tough AFC West.

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Kansas City Chiefs Factfile

  • Owner – Clark Hunt
  • Stadium – Arrowhead Stadium
  • Capacity – 76,416
  • Super Bowl Wins – 2 (1969, 2019)
  • Conference Champions – 2 (2019, 2020)
  • Divisional Champions – 14 (AFL Western 1962, 1966, AFC West 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • NFL Legends – Hank Stram (Coach), Len Dawson (QB), Jan Stenerud (K), Emmitt Thomas (CB), Derrick Thomas (LB), Willie Lainer (LB), Bobby Bell (LB), Buck Buchanon (DT), Willie Roaf (OT), Will Shields (OG), Tony Gonzalez (TE), Johnny Robinson (S), Lamar Hunt (Founder), Priest Holmes (RB)
  • Head Coach – Andy Reid
  • Offensive Coordinator – Eric Bieniemy
  • Defensive Coordinator – Steve Spagnulo
  • Special Teams Coordinator – Dave Toub

2021/22 Regular Season Record

  • Division – AFC West
  • Record (W-L-T) – 12-5
  • Position – 1st
  • TD Scored – 57
  • TD Conceded – 42
  • Passing Yards (TD) – 4791 (37)
  • Rushing Yards (TD) – 1955 (16)
  • Turnovers – +4 (29-25)
  • Defensive Interceptions – 15
  • Fumbles Forced (Recovered) – 18 (14)
  • Offensive Interceptions – 13
  • Fumbles Made (Recovered) – 23 (11)
  • Offense Rankings – 2nd
  • Defense Ranking – 8th
  • Special Teams Ranking – 9th

2022 Off-Season Roster Changes

Class Of 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 – Trent McDuffie (CB), George Karlaftsis (EDGE)
  • Round 2 – Skyy Moore (WR), Bryan Cook (S)
  • Round 3 – Leo Chenal (LB)
  • Round 4 – Joshua Williams (CB)
  • Round 5 – Darian Kinnard (OT)
  • Round 6 – None
  • Round 7 – Jaylen Watson (CB), Isaiah Pacheco (RB), Nazeeh Johnson (CB)

Key Players Leaving Kansas City Chiefs (FA & Trades)

  • Tyreek Hill (WR) – Traded to Miami Dolphins
  • Tyrann Mathieu (S) – Free Agent (joined New Orleans Saints)
  • Anthony Hitchens (LB) – Free Agent
  • Jarran Reed (DL) – Free Agent (joined Green Bay Packers)
  • Melvin Ingram (EDGE) – Free Agent (joined Miami Dolphins)
  • Charvarius Ward – Free Agent (joined San Francisco 49ers)
  • Mike Remmers (T) – Free Agent
  • Mike Hughes (CB) – Free Agent (joined Detroit Lions)
  • Daniel Sorensen (S) – Free Agent (joined New Orleans Saints)
  • Byron Pringle (WR) – Free Agent (joined Chicago Bears)
  • Darrel Williams (RB) – Free Agent (joined Arizona Cardinals)
  • Ben Niemann (LB) – Free Agent (joined Arizona Cardinals)
  • Kyle Long (G) – Free Agent
  • Demarcus Robinson (WR) – Free Agent (joined Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Alex Okafor (EDGE) – Free Agent
  • Austin Blythe (C) – Free Agent (joined Seattle Seahawks)
  • Marcus Kemp (WR) – Free Agent
  • Dorian O’Daniel (LB) – Free Agent
  • Armani Watts (S) – Free Agent (joined Indianpolis Colts)

Key Players Joining Kansas City Chiefs (FA & Trades)

  • Aaron Parker (WR) – Free Agent (from Carolina Panthers)
  • Marques Valdes-Scantling (WR) – Free Agent (from Green Bay Packers)
  • Jermaine Carter Jr. (LB) – Free Agent (from Carolina Panthers)
  • Justin Watson (WR) – Free Agent (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Taylor Stallworth (DL) – Free Agent (from Indianapolis Colts)
  • Elijah Lee (LB) – Free Agent (from Cleveland Browns)
  • Justin Reid (S) – Free Agent (from Houston Texans)
  • Geron Christian (LT) – Free Agent (from Houston Texans)
  • Lonnie Johnson Jr. (CB) – Free Agent (from Houston Texans)
  • Deon Bush (S) – Free Agent (from Chicago Bears)
  • Ronald Jones (RB) – Free Agent (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Juju Smith-Schuster (WR) – Free Agent (from Pittsburgh Steelers)

Key Players Re-Signed This Summer

  • Frank Clark (EDGE)
  • Chad Henne (QB)
  • Blake Bell (TE)
  • Josh Gordon (WR)
  • Jerick McKinnon (RB)
  • Michael Burton (FB)
  • Derrick Nnadi (DL)
  • Andrew Wylie (T)
  • Orlando Brown (T)
  • Deandre Baker (CB)
  • Chris Lammons (CB)

Kansas City Chiefs Projected Key Players 2022/23 Season

Offense

  • QB – Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Shane Buechele
  • RB – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ronald Jones II, Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore
  • WR – JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Daurice Fountain, Josh Gordon, Skyy Moore, Justyn Ross, Cornell Powell. Justin Watson, Michael Burton (FB)
  • TE – Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, Noah Gray
  • LT – Orlando Brown Jr, Geron Christian Sr., Prince Tega Wanogho
  • LG – Joe Thuney, Nick Allegretti, Mike Caliendo
  • C – Creed Humphrey, Austin Reiter
  • RG – Trey Smith, Darian Kinnard,
  • RT – Andrew Wylie, Lucas Niang

Defense

  • DE/EDGE – George Karlaftis, Frank Clark, Joshua Kaindoh, Mike Danna,
  • DT – Derrick Nnadi, Chris Jones, Taylor Stallworth, Tershawn Wharton, Khalen Saunders
  • OLB – Nick Bolton, Willie Gay, Shilique Calhoun, Elijah Lee, Darius Harris
  • MLB – Jermaine Carter Jr, Leo Chenal, Mike Rose, Jack Cochrane
  • CB – Trent McDuffie, L’Jarius Sneed, DeAndre Baker, Rashad Fenton, Chris Lammons, Nazeeh Johnson, Brandin Dandridge
  • SS – Justin Reid, Bryan Cook, Devon Key
  • FS – Juan Thornhill, Deon Bush, Nasir Greer

Special Teams

  • KR – Mecole Hardman
  • LS – James Winchester
  • K – Harrison Butker
  • P – Tommy Townsend

2022/23 Season Schedule

  • Preseason 1 – @ Chicago Bears (13th Aug)
  • Preseason 2 – v Washington Commanders (20th Aug)
  • Preseason 3 – v Green Bay Packers (25th Aug)

Regular Season

  • Week 1 – @ Arizona Cardinals (11th Sep)
  • Week 2 – v Los Angeles Chargers (15th Sep) TNF
  • Week 3 – @ Indianapolis Colts (25th Sep)
  • Week 4 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2nd Oct)
  • Week 5 – v Las Vegas Raiders (10th Oct) MNF
  • Week 6 – v Buffalo Bills (16th Oct)
  • Week 7 – @ San Francisco 49ers (23rd Oct)
  • Week 8 – Bye Week
  • Week 9 – v Tennessee Titans (6th Nov)
  • Week 10 – v Jacksonville Jaguars (13th Nov)
  • Week 11 – @ Los Angeles Chargers (20th Nov)
  • Week 12 – v Los Angeles Rams (27th Nov)
  • Week 13 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (4th Dec)
  • Week 14 – @ Denver Broncos (11th Dec)
  • Week 15 – @ Houston Texans (18th Dec)
  • Week 16 – v Seattle Seahawks (24th Dec)
  • Week 17 – v Denver Broncos (1st Jan)
  • Week 18 – @ Las Vegas Raiders (8th Jan)

Games selected for Thursday Night Football (TNF), Monday Night Football (MNF) or International Series (ISL – London, ISMC – Mexico City, ISMU – Munich) are indicated as shown.

Kansas City Chiefs – Strengths

  • Still one of the most dangerous and potent offenses in football and as Mahomes matures, he is only getting better at leading the offense.
  • George Karlaftis could well be a perfect Edge rusher to play alongside the destructive Frank Clark and Chris Jones.

Kansas City Chiefs – Weaknesses

  • The Chiefs have lost a number of key players this post-season and it remains to be seen how that affects the balance of the team and the leadership of groups, especially on defense.
  • The defense showed plenty of weakness at times last season, they need to step up despite perhaps not being as strong as they were last year.

Season Predictions & Top Betting Picks For The Kansas City Chiefs

  • Regular Season Record Prediction – 10-7
  • Playoffs? – Yes
  • Super Bowl Winning Odds – 10/1
  • Conference Champion Odds – 5/1
  • Divisional Winner Odds – 8/5
  • Best Player on Offense – Patrick Mahomes (QB)
  • Best Player on Defense – Chris Jones (DT)
  • Best Rookie – George Karlaftsis (EDGE)
  • Surprise Of The Season – The Chiefs to miss Tyreek Hill much more than experts are predicting with their new-look WR corps struggling early on in the campaign.

The Chiefs defense will struggle against some of the quality offenses in this division now and that means Kansas City may just scrape through into the playoffs this year.

Our Favourite Pre-Season Betting Picks For The Kansas City Chiefs

The odds shown and each market for Kansas City Chiefs is taken from Bet365 Sport.  

  • Tip 1 – Most Regular Season Passing Touchdowns – Patrick Mahomes – 6/1
  • Tip 2 – AFC West Straight Forecast – 1st Chargers, 2nd Chiefs – 6/1
  • Tip 3 – Week 1 @ Arizona Cardinals – Over 53.0 Points – 10/11

*All odds shown were correct at the time of writing with bet365 Sport but are likely to have changed in the meantime and may also change further as the season progresses.