The Kansas City Chiefs sit several months removed from the disappointing Super Bowl 55 loss. Since then, Patrick Mahomes has ramped his efforts to prepare for the 2021 season. It has led the Chiefs star quarterback to set his sight on breaking a lofty all-time NFL record
Patrick Mahomes continues to work swiftly through the offseason
After the heartbreaking Super Bowl 55 loss, Mahomes‘ attention immediately shifted toward the 2021 campaign.
The 25-year-old addressed his turf toe injury, undergoing surgery in February. Since then, Mahomes has progressively moved toward a full recovery, which head coach Andy Reid recently stated that he’s a “full-go” participant for voluntary team workouts.
The Chiefs continue to monitor his health, but he’s blown far past the initial recovery timetable. The star quarterback remains laser-focused on the task ahead of returning to another Super Bowl.
With that in mind, Mahomes wants to set a legendary NFL record on his path toward earning his second championship.
Patrick Mahomes’ burning desire to win another Super Bowl includes a ridiculous NFL record
Mahomes has accomplished NFL success at a historic pace that’s put him in the record books on several instances.
Ahead of his fifth season, the former Super Bowl MVP voiced to Bleacher Report that he wants to lead the Chiefs to set the best single-season record.
“The only record I have my eyes set on breaking would be going 20 and 0,” Mahomes said. “It’s not really a record to be broken I guess, but I think 19-0 is the record I know, so being able to go 20 and 0 and to be the first one to do that would be awesome.”
Mahomes’ suggested path would require the Chiefs to win all 17 regular-season games, effectively earning the top AFC playoff spot. The postseason journey would need Kansas City to win two home games then capture the Super Bowl 56 win at SoFi Stadium.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team to finish with an undefeated record in the Super Bowl era, finishing with a 14-0 regular-season mark and 3-0 in the playoffs. The 2007 New England Patriots came extremely close to topping that mark but fell short in Super Bowl 42 against the New York Giants.
The Chiefs hold tough challenges against the AFC West, while the rest of the 2021 schedule includes some notable opponents. Kansas City will face the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys.
As impressive as the Chiefs have been with Mahomes, there is a reason why only one team in the Super Bowl era has accomplished that daunting feat.
Kansas City fixated on another Super Bowl push
Mahomes‘ sightline remains set on a challenging task, but it only further underlines the ultimate goal of competing for another Super Bowl.
The Chiefs remain the toast of the AFC, especially after reaching two straight Super Bowls and three consecutive conference championship games. The front office assured that notion after retooling nearly the entire offensive line after the disappointing Super Bowl 55 loss.
Kansas City parted ways with longtime starters Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz while acquiring tackle Orlando Brown Jr., guard Joe Thuney, guard Kyle Long, and center Austin Blythe. The revamped offensive line may provide Mahomes the protection he hasn’t had in his first four NFL seasons.
The Chiefs sit positioned for another Super Bowl push that will fall on their star quarterback’s shoulders. Teams such as the Bills, Browns, and Tennessee Titans will pose unique challenges, but the path is clear toward returning to the mountaintop.