Sports Illustrated recently made 100 bold predictions for the 2022 NFL season and one of their predictions could potentially benefit the Kansas City Chiefs.

SI predicted that Arizona Cardinals pass rusher JJ Watt — a five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time NFL defensive player of the year — will play in all 17 regular-season games in 2022.

They also predicted he’ll be traded to a contender in the middle of the season.

From SI:

J.J. Watt will play a full 17 games with two different teams and log 10 sacks.The Cardinals will struggle, but a white-hot Watt will get dealt to a contender down the stretch and become a key defensive piece for a playoff contender.

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May 23, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during mini-camp at Arizona Cardinals training facility.
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If the Cardinals are serious about trading a healthy JJ Watt (he missed 10 games last season due to injury), the Chiefs need to be the first team on the phone trying to make a deal.

When healthy, Watt is a game-changer. He’s not as dominant as he once was, but he’d still be a major upgrade for Kansas City’s struggling pass rush.

If the Chiefs are going to get back to the Super Bowl, they’ll need their pass rushers to perform at a higher level than what we saw last year.

Kansas City only managed one sack against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game. In three other playoff games, the Bengals gave up 18 sacks.

The Chiefs didn’t do much this offseason to upgrade their pass rush outside of drafting Purdue’s George Karlaftis in the first round. A midseason trade for a player like Watt could be the missing piece for Kansas City in 2022.

Obviously, this is all speculation when it comes to Watt, but it would make sense for the Cardinals to trade the 33-year-old pass rusher if they fall out of contention.

The Chiefs would also make a lot of sense as a trade partner for Arizona since they play in opposite conferences.

We’ll see what happens as the season progress, but Kansas City fans should keep an eye on Watt and the Cardinals this season.

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