“This is the weirdest sentence in this entire article, given that the Kansas City Chiefs have won the AFC West each of the last six years and hosted the last four AFC Championship games.
But in some respects, the Chiefs are being slept on this year.
While the rest of the AFC West added players left and right, the Chiefs lost one of their biggest offensive weapons in Tyreek Hill. However, the Chiefs took steps to replace Hill with the likes of veteran JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore, and head coach Andy Reid told reporters that he’s confident the Chiefs will be just fine offensively in 2022.
“[General manager] Brett Veach brought in some people here, young and veteran guys, and so we’re excited about that and where the playbook kind of takes you within those guys,” Reid said.
“And then we’ve also incorporated some running back in the offense to go in with a layer, and so that’s exciting too. But we’re excited about what we can do offensively and, you know, it’s a matter of doing it. That’s what people are going to be looking for.”
Reid is probably right—any team led by Patrick Mahomes is probably going to put up plenty of points. But the Kansas City defense lost some pieces as well, and given all the offensive firepower in the AFC West, that may be the determining factor that decides if the Chiefs remain on top.
But to be the best, you have to beat the best.
And for a long time in that division, the Chiefs have been the best.”