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5 storylines of opposing teams that will influence the Chargers season

By Sean Basile
Las Vegas Raiders v Los Angeles Chargers
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Dallas Cowboys v Kansas City Chiefs
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2) Will the Chiefs Stay Being the Chiefs?

I have to say, I really changed my world view on the Chiefs with the way they ended their 2021 season. It was money in the bag for the Chiefs to get to the Super Bowl, but then Mahomes got cute with the ball, Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy froze up in the play-calling, and the Chiefs blew a 28-17 lead in the second half to get bounced by Joe Burrow and the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

We kind of saw a side to the Chiefs that entire year that was very loose and non-concerning. Almost as if they knew they had the Super Bowl in the bag. And in the end, their lollygagging cost them dearly.

Now, I think it's a fair statement to say they've gotten worse. Tyreek Hill is gone in favor of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Tyrann Mathieu is now in New Orleans, so the Kansas City defense has lost their captain.

I don't think it's a crazy thing to say the Chiefs could wind up being the weak link in this loaded AFC West with the way their roster is constructed, especially if we see them play with the same urgency they played with throughout various points of 2021.

Is Mahomes as effective without Tyreek? How does that Andy Reid offense bounce back from losing its best weapon?

I've got a ton of other questions about this Chiefs team heading into 2022-23, but they all arrive at this conclusion- the fate of the Chargers this season could, strangely enough, come down to whether or not the Chiefs remain the powerhouse they've been the past five years.