The weather outside is supposed to be frightful for NFL Week 7 in Denver. In the mind of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the results should be delightful. The young star of the defending Super Bowl champions says he’s in his element when that element is snow.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are in for rough weather
The official start of winter is nearly two months away, but don’t try telling that to the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. They’re going to be in for nasty weather before and during their NFL Week 7 game at Empower Field at Mile High.
A powerful winter storm creeping down from Canada has put all of Colorado on alert for wintry weather on Sunday. The forecast is calling for somewhere between five and 10 inches of snow falling in bands throughout the day. Temperatures aren’t expected to get out of the teens in Denver.
The more mountainous central area of Colorado could see snowfall reach double-digits; the San Juan Mountains could see up to two feet of snow. Overnight temperatures throughout the region are projected to approach zero.
According to the National Weather Service, the nasty weather isn’t unusual. Just this year, Denver was hit by snow on Sept. 2 to tie for the second-earliest appearance of flurries since record-keeping began. The first snow of the year in each of the three previous years came on or before Oct. 10.
On average, the first snow falls in Denver on Oct. 18.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are getting acclimated
It’s not as though the weather greeting the Kansas City Chiefs for their Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos will be anything new to them. Snow was falling last Dec. 15 when the teams clashed in Denver, and the Chiefs posted a 23-3 victory. It was the fourth of Kansas City’s nine straight wins that culminated with a triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54.
More recently, the Chiefs played Oct. 19, 2020, in Buffalo in a game that started late in the afternoon and was played in steady rain that affected both quarterbacks.
Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes finished 21 of 26, but Kansas City coach Andy Reid put the emphasis on the running game (Clyde Edwards-Helaire carried 26 times for 161 yards). Mahomes took fewer shots down the field and finished with a modest 225 yards.
For his part, Bills quarterback Josh Allen was 14-for-27 for 122 yards in the 26-17 loss.
Patrick Mahomes says he’s a ‘snow-game guy’
The 2019 meeting between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High was one of several that the AFC West rivals have played against each other in snowy conditions.
Mahomes was in fine form despite the conditions on Dec. 15, 2019. The Tyler, Texas, native, who played his college ball at Texas Tech, didn’t have much experience playing in snow, but he completed 27 of 34 throws for 340 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a 23-3 victory vs. the Broncos.
The yardage total was his best of the final 14 games of the season (including the playoffs), and the completion percentage was his second-best of the entire year.
Audio captured during the game caught Mahomes telling a teammate that he felt at ease in the snow.
“I think I’m a snow-game guy. I don’t know why, but I kind of like it. Everything’s just super slow and I’m just out here, like, standing straight in the pocket. Just like, ‘Boop.’”Patrick Mahomes