3 Reasons Chefs Should Regress in 2022

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Kansas City Chiefs fans are telling people they’re going to the Super Bowl this NFL season.

Fans said the same things last season.

However, the Chiefs fell short in the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

But these fans will tell you that this season is different.

They would be right, but it’s different in a bad way.

There are three reasons the Chiefs will decline in 2022.

3. Chiefs lost key players to free agency and trades

The Chiefs lost Tyrann Mathieu to free agency, their top safety.

They also traded their top receiver, Tyreek Hill, to the Miami Dolphins.

This puts the Chiefs in a bind, losing those players.

However, the Chiefs attempted to replace those players during free agency.

But Juju Smith-Schuster and Justin Reid are not on the level of Hill and Mathieu.

These players have been key in the Chiefs’ back-to-back Super Bowl runs.

Now they are no longer with the team, which reduces their chances of having another great season.

Smith-Schuster is not the number one receiver some fans thought he would be when he was in Pittsburgh.

Reid is not a smash mouth safety like Mathieu.

These are the things that Kansas City will miss without its former best players.

2. Patrick Mahomes’ interceptions go up every year

While most of Mahomes’ passing numbers have been fairly consistent, his interceptions have not.

2021 saw him throw a career-high 13 interceptions.

He also had an interception in the AFC Championship game during extra time.

That interception cost the Chiefs the game.

It could make for a long season with his growing interception totals.

However, if he can avoid those costly mistakes, it could keep the Chiefs in games.

Without Hill, he might regress with some of his other stats.

He had 37 touchdowns for 2021, down just one from the previous season.

Hill has made up a good chunk of those touchdowns for him over the season.

While they believe in Smith-Schuster to make up for the loss of Hill, he’s never done well without a number one receiver by his side.

However, the Chiefs could be wrong looking at Smith-Schuster’s history.

1. AFC West teams have done it all in 2022 causing spelling issues for Chiefs

The Denver Broncos got Russell Wilson as their new quarterback.

Las Vegas would make a bet and win with a trade for top receiver Davante Adams.

The Los Angeles Chargers even made a trade to bolster their defensive front line.

These teams are teams the Chiefs will face in six games in 2022.

So if the Chiefs can’t get through those divisional opponents like they’ve done in recent years, it could spell trouble.

All three opponents in their division have come out this season to improve their squad.

However, those improvements came at a price for the Denver Broncos.

As they improved at quarterback, they traded their future in Seattle for him.

But that doesn’t take away from how everyone in the AFC West wants the division title.

With these teams eager to dethrone the Chiefs, this could be the biggest reason the Chiefs are slipping back in 2022.

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