Former Steelers HC Bill Cowher Gives Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Ultimate Compliment After Blowout Against Pittsburgh
Six. That is how many consecutive years the Kansas City Chiefs have captured the AFC West crown.
On Sunday, Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers and did it without Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.
It didn’t matter. Mahomes and the Chiefs were firing on all cylinders Sunday, and former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher raved about them after they locked up the division once again — and obliterated Cowher’s former employer.
The Chiefs lock up the AFC West with total destruction of the Steelers
Lopsided. That is the best way to describe the game against Pittsburgh. If it weren’t for a garbage-time touchdown, the Steelers would have failed to register anything other than a field goal.
It wasn’t pleasant for Pittsburgh as Ben Roethlisberger went 23-of-35 for 159 yards with a score and an interception. The Chiefs defense showed up again as Kansas City won for the eighth straight game and remained on top of the AFC after a slow, concerning start to the year.
Mahomes was brilliant, throwing for 258 yards and three scores with no turnovers. It was precisely the type of performance the Chiefs have gotten accustomed to over the past few years, but one that was waiting in the shadows for most of the season.
Bill Cowher raves about the Chiefs after embarrassing the Steelers
Cowher kept it honest.
Well, the Chiefs have finally arrived. They didn’t skip a beat even without Kelce and with Tyreek Hill missing practice the entire week after being placed in COVID-19 protocols.
Andy Reid’s squad ranks among the top 10 in the NFL in points scored, points allowed, yards (all of passing, rushing, and total per game), interceptions, and third-down efficiency. That is a recipe for success if we have ever seen one, and given the state of the AFC at the moment, the Chiefs continue to distance themselves from the rest of the competition.
A third straight Super Bowl trip for Mahomes might be in order, and Cowher is absolutely right about the state of the Chiefs as we approach the final two weeks of the regular season.
The early-season struggles are long gone, and Mahomes is back to his MVP ways
Now, this will get swept under the rug, but Mahomes has rebounded after a poor beginning of the season. Over the past three games, Mahomes has whirled eight touchdown passes and just one interception while throwing for 250 yards or more in each one.
Yes, the defense is doing its job, of course, but the turnover issues from earlier in the year are long gone for Mahomes, and he just might be moving up the NFL MVP chart once again.
Those are impressive numbers. The Chiefs starter ranks in the top five in passing yards and touchdowns. Moreover, Kansas City finishes the year with the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, putting it in the perfect position to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Chiefs are back, Mahomes is dialed in, and the defense is electric.
Perhaps Bill Cowher is on to something here.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference