2022 Kansas City Chiefs season

63rd season in franchise history
2022 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family 22
General managerBrett Veach
Head coachAndy Reid
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record2–0
Division place1st AFC West
Uniform
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The 2022 season is the Kansas City Chiefs' 53rd in the National Football League, their 63rd overall, their 10th under head coach Andy Reid, and their 6th under general manager Brett Veach. The Chiefs will look to improve on their 12–5 record from 2021, win their 7th straight AFC West title, reach their 5th straight AFC Championship and their 3rd Super Bowl in four seasons.

In the offseason, the Chiefs traded wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. Hill had been with the Chiefs since 2016.[1]

The Chiefs will wear a decal with the number 16 on their helmets for the entire season in honor of former Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl IV MVP Len Dawson, who died on August 24, and wore 16 his entire tenure with the Chiefs. Before the Chiefs first offensive play of the preseason game the following day, the Chiefs lined in huddle popularized by Dawson where the quarterback stands in front of all other 10 offensive players instead of the quarterback standing in the middle with the players making a circle around him.[2]

Offseason

All transactions in this section occurred between the end of the 2021 season (excluding futures contracts which began to be signed following the conclusion of the regular season) and the Chiefs first preseason game.

Coaching staff changes

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Coaching staff changes
Old coach Reason Position New coach
Matt House Hired by LSU Linebackers Brendan Daly
Brendan Daly Title change Defensive line coach Joe Cullen
Mike Kafka Hired by New York Giants Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy
Sam Madison Hired by Miami Dolphins Secondary/cornerbacks N/A*
Donald D'Alesio Title change Defensive assistant N/A*
N/A† Position created Safeties coach Donald D'Alesio

*The Chiefs do not have a coach with this exact title for the 2022 season.
†The Chiefs did not have a coach with this exact title for the 2021 season

Players lost

Below are players who were on the roster at the end of the 2021 season, but were either released or did not re-sign after their contract expired.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Players lost
Player Position Reason
Deandre Baker CB Released
Austin Blythe G UFA
Anthony Hitchens LB Released
Mike Hughes CB UFA
Melvin Ingram DE UFA
Marcus Kemp WR UFA
Kyle Long G UFA
Tyrann Mathieu S UFA
Ben Niemann LB UFA
Dorian O'Daniel LB UFA
Alex Okafor DE UFA
Byron Pringle WR UFA
Jarran Reed DT UFA
Mike Remmers T UFA
Demarcus Robinson WR UFA
Daniel Sorensen S UFA
Charvarius Ward CB UFA
Armani Watts S UFA
Darrel Williams RB UFA

Futures contracts

Players signed to futures contracts typically most, if not all, if the 2021 season on the Chiefs or another team's practice squad. These contracts are signed after the conclusion of the regular season through the beginning the next league year.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Futures contracts
Player Position
Omar Bayless WR
Dicaprio Bootle CB
Cortez Broughton DT
Matt Bushman TE
Shilique Calhoun LB
Brandin Dandridge CB
Gehrig Dieter WR
Austin Edwards DE
Chris Finke WR
Daurice Fountain WR
Jordan Franks TE
Josh Gordon WR
Darius Harris LB
Gary Jennings Jr. WR
Roderick Johnson T
Devon Key SS
Brenden Knox RB
Lorenzo Neal DT
Josh Pederson TE
Cornell Powell WR
Mathew Sexton WR
Darius Stills DT
Mark Vital TE
Darryl Williams C

Players added

Players below played for another team in 2021 and signed with the Chiefs.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Additions
Player Position
Luq Barcoo CB
Deon Bush S
Jermaine Carter LB
Geron Christian T
Corey Coleman WR
Matt Dickerson DE
Carlos Dunlap DE
Anthony Gordon QB
Devin Gray WR
Ronald Jones II RB
Azur Kamara LB
Evin Ksiezarczyk T
Elijah Lee LB
Justin Reid S
Austin Reiter C
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
Taylor Stallworth DT
David Steinmetz T
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR

Trades

Listed below are trades were a player was included in the trade.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Trades
Team Received Compensation
Miami Dolphins 1st round selection 2022 draft
2nd round selection 2022 draft
4th round selection 2022 draft
4th round selection 2023 draft
6th round selection 2023 draft
WR Tyreek Hill
Houston Texans CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. 7th round selection 2023 draft

Draft

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 21 Trent McDuffie Cornerback Washington
30 George Karlaftis Defensive end Purdue
2 54 Skyy Moore Wide receiver Western Michigan
62 Bryan Cook Safety Cincinnati
3 103* Leo Chenal Linebacker Wisconsin
4 135 Joshua Williams Cornerback Fayetteville State
5 145 Darian Kinnard Tackle Kentucky
7 243 Jaylen Watson Cornerback Washington State
251 Isiah Pacheco Running back Rutgers
259* Nazeeh Johnson Safety Marshall
* Compensatory selection

Trades

  • The Chiefs traded a fifth-round selection in the 2022 draft, a first-round selection in the 2021 draft, a third-round selection in the 2021 draft, and fourth-round selection in the 2021 draft to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2022 NFL draft, a 2021 second-round selection in the 2021 draft, and tackle Orlando Brown Jr.[3]
  • The Chiefs traded a sixth-round selection in the 2022 draft to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for cornerback Mike Hughes and a seventh-round selection in the 2022 draft.[4]
  • The Chiefs traded wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 1st round selection in the 2022 draft, a 2nd round selection in the 2022 draft, a 4th round selection in the 2022 draft, a 4th round selection in the 2023 draft, and a 6th round selection in the 2023 draft.
  • The Chiefs traded a 1st round selection (29th overall), a 3rd round selection (94th overall), and a 4th round selection (121st overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots 1st round selection (21st overall).[5]
  • The Chiefs traded a 2nd round selection (50th overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2nd round selection (54th overall) and 5th round selection (158th overall).[6]
  • The Chiefs traded a 5th round selection (158th overall) and a 7th round selection (233rd overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for 5th round selection (145th overall).[7]

Undrafted free agents

2022 Kansas City Chiefs undrafted free agents
Name Position College
Mike Caliendo Guard Western Michigan
Jack Cochrane Linebacker South Dakota
Dustin Crum Quarterback Kent State
Jerrion Ealy Running back Ole Miss
Tayon Fleet-Davis Running back Maryland
Nasir Greer Safety Wake Forest
Kehinde Oginni Tight end None
Gene Pryor Tackle Hawaii
Mike Rose Linebacker Iowa State
Justyn Ross Wide receiver Clemson

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Signed and released in the offseason

Players listed below were signed and released in the offseason before playing for the team.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs signed & released
Name Position
Luq Barcoo CB
Shilique Calhoun LB
Gehrig Dieter* WR
Chris Finke WR
Anthony Gordon QB
Nakia Griffin-Stewart TE
Brenden Knox RB
Lorenzo Neal DT
Josh Pederson TE
Gene Pryor T
Matthew Sexton WR
Darius Stills DT
Mark Vital TE
Jonathan Woodard DE

*Shortly after his release, Dieter announced his retirement

Preseason transactions

All transactions below occurred in between the Chiefs first preseason game on August 13 and their first regular season game on September 11.

Signings

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Signings
Name Position
Danny Shelton DT

Cuts

The Chiefs made their first set of roster cut downs on August 16. They made another three cuts on August 23, they also placed two on reserve lists. Their final roster cut, which will be 27 cuts, will occur by August 30. The Chiefs also placed players on reserve lists to meet the roster requirements.

Down to 85
2022 Kansas City Chiefs Cut to 85
Name Position
Omar Bayless WR
Austin Edwards DE
Devin Gray WR
Gary Jennings Jr. WR
Lonnie Johnson Jr. CB
Evin Ksiezarczyk T
Down to 80
2022 Kansas City Chiefs Cut to 80
Name Position
Brandin Dandridge CB
Derrick Gore RB
Nasir Greer S
David Steinmetz T
Down to 53
2022 Kansas City Chiefs Cut to 53
Name Position
Zayne Anderson S
Matt Bushman TE
Dicaprio Bootle CB
Mike Caliendo G
Jermaine Carter LB
Jack Cochrane LB
Corey Coleman WR
Dustin Crum QB
Matt Dickerson DT
Jerrion Ealy RB
Tayon Fleet-Davis RB
Daurice Fountain WR
Jordan Franks TE
Josh Gordon WR
Vitaliy Gurman T
Nazeeh Johnson S
Roderick Johnson T
Azur Kamara DE
Devon Key S
Elijah Lee LB
Kehinde Oginni DE
Aaron Parker WR
Cornell Powell WR
Austin Reiter C
Mike Rose LB
Danny Shelton DT
Taylor Stallworth DT

Regular season transactions

Standard elevations

Players listed below were elevated using a standard elevation, which allows the Chiefs to add someone to the active roster from the practice squad then move back to the practice squad without needing to clear waivers first. This can only be used a maximum of 3 times per player.

2022 Kansas City Chiefs Practice squad elevations
Name Position Week(s) used
Daurice Fountain WR 1
Elijah Lee* LB 1
Matt Ammendola K 2, 3
Dicaprio Bootle CB 2, 3

*No longer on the Chiefs practice squad

Signings

2022 Kansas City Chiefs signings
Name Position
Jack Cochrane* LB
Elijah Lee* LB
Benton Whitley† LB

*Activated off Chiefs' practice squad
†Signed off of another team's practice squad

Suspensions served

2022 Kansas City Chiefs suspensions
Name Position Policy violated Weeks
served
Willie Gay LB Personal conduct 3–7

NFL Top 100

Rank Player Position Change
8 Patrick Mahomes Quarterback Decrease7
10 Travis Kelce Tight end Decrease5
39 Chris Jones Defensive tackle Decrease5

Staff

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Front office
  • Chairman/CEO – Clark Hunt
  • President – Mark Donovan
  • General manager – Brett Veach
  • Assistant general manager – Mike Borgonzi
  • Vice president of football operations – Brandt Tilis
  • Vice president of football operations/team counsel – Chris Shea
  • Senior director of player personnel – Mike Bradway
  • Senior director of pro personnel – Tim Terry
  • Senior director of college scouting – Ryne Nutt
  • Senior personnel executive – Willie Davis
  • College scouting coordinator – Greg Castillo
Head coaches
  • Head coach – Andy Reid
  • Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator – Dave Toub
  • Assistant to the head coach – Dan Williams
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator – Eric Bieniemy
  • Senior assistant/quarterbacks – Matt Nagy
  • Pass game analyst/assistant quarterbacks – David Girardi
  • Running backs – Greg Lewis
  • Wide receivers – Joe Bleymaier
  • Tight ends – Tom Melvin
  • Offensive line – Andy Heck
  • Assistant offensive line – Corey Matthaei
  • Offensive quality control – Connor Embree
  • Offensive quality control – Porter Ellett
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Steve Spagnuolo
  • Defensive line – Joe Cullen
  • Assistant defensive line – Terry Bradden
  • Linebackers/run game coordinator – Brendan Daly
  • Outside linebackers – Ken Flajole
  • Defensive backs – Dave Merritt
  • Safeties – Donald D'Alesio
  • Defensive quality control – Alex Whittingham
Special teams coaches
  • Assistant special teams – Andy Hill
Coaching support staff
  • Statistical analysis coordinator – Mike Frazier
  • Director of video operations – Pat Brazil
  • Assistant director of video operations – Ken Radino
  • Video assistant – Colin Clark
  • Video assistant – Josh Schmidt
Strength and conditioning
  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Greg Carbin
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Tyler Judkins
  • Assistant strength and conditioning/director of sports science – Ryan Reynolds

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Current roster

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Rookies in italics

Roster updated September 22, 2022

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53 active, 5 inactive, 15 practice squad

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Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 at Chicago Bears L 14–19 0–1 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 20 Washington Commanders W 24–14 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 25 Green Bay Packers W 17–10 2–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Time (CT) Opponent Result Record Venue TV Recap
1 September 11 3:25 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals W 44–21 1–0 State Farm Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 15 7:15 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers W 27–24 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Prime Video/KSHB-TV Recap
3 September 25 12:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium CBS
4 October 2 7:20 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium NBC
5 October 10 7:15 p.m. Las Vegas Raiders Arrowhead Stadium ESPN
6 October 16 3:25 p.m. Buffalo Bills Arrowhead Stadium CBS
7 October 23 3:25 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium Fox
8 Bye
9 November 6 7:20 p.m. Tennessee Titans Arrowhead Stadium NBC
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars Arrowhead Stadium CBS
11 November 20 3:25 p.m. at Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium CBS
12 November 27 3:25 p.m. Los Angeles Rams Arrowhead Stadium Fox
13 December 4 3:25 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals Paycor Stadium CBS
14 December 11 7:20 p.m. at Denver Broncos Empower Field at Mile High NBC
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. at Houston Texans NRG Stadium CBS
16 December 24 12:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks Arrowhead Stadium Fox
17 January 1 12:00 p.m. Denver Broncos Arrowhead Stadium CBS
18 January 7/8 TBD at Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium TBD

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times from Weeks 6–7, 9–15, and Week 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
  • The date, time and network for Week 18 will be determined at the end of Week 17.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 14 9 14744
Cardinals 0 7 01421

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – James Conner 2-yard rush (Matt Prater kick), 13:05. Chiefs 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:15.
  • KC – Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (kick failed, wide right), 7:32. Chiefs 20–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:33.
  • KC – Harrison Butker 54-yard field goal, 0:02. Chiefs 23–7. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 0:33.

Third quarter

  • KC – Jody Fortson 1-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 9:55. Chiefs 30–7. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:12.
  • KC – Mecole Hardman 2-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 3:56. Chiefs 37–7. Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 4:53.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Marquise Brown 6-yard pass from Kyler Murray (Kyler Murray–Zach Ertz pass), 12:52. Chiefs 37–15. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 6:04.
  • KC – Isiah Pacheco 3-yard rush (Harrison Butker kick), 7:39. Chiefs 44–15. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 5:13.
  • ARI – Zach Ertz 6-yard pass from Kyler Murray (pass failed), 5:11. Chiefs 44–21. Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 2:28.

Top passers

  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 30/39, 360 yards, 5 TD
  • ARI – Kyler Murray – 22/34, 193 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • KC – Isiah Pacheco – 12 rushes, 62 yards, TD
  • ARI – Kyler Murray – 5 rushes, 29 yards

Top receivers

  • KC – Travis Kelce – 8 receptions, 121 yards, TD
  • ARI – Greg Dortch – 7 receptions, 63 yards

Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 2: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 3 7 7724
Chiefs 0 7 71327

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter

  • LAC – Dustin Hopkins 31-yard field goal, 5:58. Chargers 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:41.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • LAC – Mike Williams 15-yard pass from Justin Herbert (Dustin Hopkins kick), 9:52. Chargers 17–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:08.
  • KC – Justin Watson 41-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Matt Ammendola kick), 7:22. Chargers 17–14.'Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:30.

Fourth quarter

  • KC – Matt Ammendola 19-yard field goal, 14:48. Tied 17–17. Drive: 9 plays, 35 yards, 4:01.
  • KC – Jaylen Watson 99-yard interception return (Matt Ammendola kick), 10:29. Chiefs 24–17.
  • KC – Matt Ammendola 32-yard field goal, 3:20. Chiefs 27–17.Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards, 0:35.
  • LAC – Josh Palmer 7-yard pass from Justin Herbert (Dustin Hopkins kick), 1:11. Chargers 27–24. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 2:09.

Top passers

  • LAC – Justin Herbert – 33/48, 334 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 24/35, 235 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • LAC – Austin Ekeler – 9 receptions, 55 yards
  • KC – Travis Kelce – 5 receptions, 51 yards

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 000
Colts 0 0 000

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: TBD (retractable roof stadium)
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
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Standings

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W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Kansas City Chiefs 2 0 0 1.000 1–0 1–0 71 45 W2
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1 0 .500 1–1 1–1 48 46 L1
Denver Broncos 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–0 32 26 W1
Las Vegas Raiders 0 2 0 .000 0–1 0–1 42 53 L2

Conference

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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Kansas City Chiefs West 2 0 0 1.000 1–0 1–0 .500 .500 W2
2 Miami Dolphins East 2 0 0 1.000 1–0 2–0 .500 .500 W2
3 Cleveland Browns North 2 1 0 .667 1–0 1–1 .286 .200 W1
4 Jacksonville Jaguars South 1 1 0 .500 1–0 1–0 .375 .250 W1
Wild Cards
5 Buffalo Bills East 2 0 0 1.000 0–0 1–0 .250 .250 W2
6 New York Jets East 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–1 .600 .667 W1
7 Baltimore Ravens North 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–1 .750 .500 L1
In the hunt
8 New England Patriots East 1 1 0 .500 0–1 1–1 .600 .333 W1
9 Los Angeles Chargers West 1 1 0 .500 1–1 1–1 .500 .000 L1
10 Denver Broncos West 1 1 0 .500 0–0 1–0 .375 .250 W1
11 Pittsburgh Steelers North 1 2 0 .333 1–1 1–2 .429 .000 L2
12 Houston Texans South 0 1 1 .250 0–0–1 0–1–1 .375 .000 L1
13 Indianapolis Colts South 0 1 1 .250 0–1–1 0–1–1 .375 .000 L1
14 Tennessee Titans South 0 2 0 .000 0–0 0–1 1.000 .000 L2
15 Las Vegas Raiders West 0 2 0 .000 0–1 0–1 .500 .000 L2
16 Cincinnati Bengals North 0 2 0 .000 0–1 0–1 .400 .000 L2
Tiebreakers[a]
  1. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye and home-field advantage

Notes

  1. ^ While Arizona lies entirely within the Mountain Time Zone, because the state does not observe daylight saving time (excluding the Navajo Nation), Arizona is one hour behind Mountain Daylight Time from March to November.

References

  1. ^ "Chiefs trading WR Tyreek Hill to Dolphins for multiple draft picks, including 2022 first-rounder". NFL. March 23, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "Chiefs Honor Len Dawson With Helmet Decal and Iconic Huddle". SI.com.
  3. ^ Hensley, Jamison (April 23, 2021). "Sources: Chiefs shipping first-round pick, 3 others to Ravens for package highlighted by Orlando Brown Jr". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Gordon, Grant (May 13, 2021). "Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes". NFL.com. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "Patriots trade 21st pick to Chiefs for late first-rounder two other picks". Yahoo.com.
  6. ^ "Updated Chiefs draft picks on Day 3 following trade with Patriots". USAToday.com.
  7. ^ "Chiefs Draft Kentucky OT Darian Kinnard with No. 145 Overall Pick". SI.com.
  8. ^ "Here's a Look at the Chiefs' Undrafted Free Agent Class". chiefs.com. May 7, 2022.

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