Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has never had an issue making history. The four-time Pro Bowl selection entered the 2022 season as the youngest quarterback to throw for over 50 touchdowns in one season (50 as a 23-year-old in 2018), the youngest signal-caller ever to earn Super Bowl MVP honors, and the man responsible for the largest contract (10 years and worth up to $503 million) in NFL history.
Next up for the Texas Tech product? Amazon is on line one.
Amazon reportedly wants its first Thursday Night Football game to feature Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs
If you’ve been under a rock or too busy following the Los Angeles Lakers’ dreadful 2021-22 season, you might have missed that Amazon Prime will exclusively stream Thursday Night Football games beginning in September.
Well, seeing as local markets can watch the games on regular TV, the debate about whether or not the games are “exclusively streamed” is another conversation to be had.
As one might expect, Amazon wants to make a splash with its first game, which will air on Thursday, Sept. 15. According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the company reportedly wants Mahomes and the Chiefs involved when Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit take the microphone in Week 2. It remains uncertain whether or not the Chiefs would be the home team in that scenario.
Whichever teams play in the TNF opener will make history as the first two franchises to play a Thursday night game that is only available either through local markets or subscriptions. Although a Week 16 showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals fit those parameters in 2020, that game took place on a Saturday afternoon.
Similarly, Week 2 will mark the first time the NFL Network has not aired a TNF game for reasons unrelated to carriage disputes. A 2019 matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks only aired on Fox because of an ongoing dispute between Dish Network and Fox.
Leave it to Mahomes to potentially take part in history via something that is entirely out of his control.
Who could Mahomes and the Chiefs potentially face in the ‘TNF’ opener?
As of publication, Amazon had not officially announced its Thursday Night Football schedule. However, King wrote in his Football Morning in America column that he believes the Chiefs, if they do appear on the opener, could face either the Denver Broncos or Los Angeles Chargers.
Both of those matchups would make sense, in large part because the NFL has historically enjoyed having divisional games on Thursday Night Football when possible. However, only three of the 17 TNF matchups in 2021 involved divisional matchups, down from six in 2020 and eight in 2019.
Interestingly, TNF has aired a Chargers-Chiefs game in three of the past five seasons. The Chiefs haven’t faced the Broncos on a Thursday night since October 2019 and only once since the start of the 2016 season.
In this objective viewer’s humble opinion, Amazon should also consider a matchup between the Chiefs and 49ers. Those two obviously have recent history after facing off in Super Bowl 54, and San Francisco could have second-year quarterback Trey Lance under center that night. For what it’s worth, seven of the TNF matchups in 2021 involved interconference (AFC vs. NFC) showdowns.
We have one other suggestion for Amazon Prime: please keep Jackson Mahomes far away from any cameras. Thank you.