The Kansas City Chiefs have been to back-to-back Super Bowls as Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL on fire since joining the league. They lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in February, and many thought these two teams would meet again, this time at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
But the Chiefs are just1-2 on the season and are shockingly in last place in the AFC West. The Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders are at the top, with the Los Angeles Chargers passing the Chiefs after beating them in a thriller as Justin Herbert put the league on notice once again.
Despite the Chiefs’ struggles in the early portion of the season, Mahomes doesn’t seem too concerned. In fact, the superstar quarterback is enjoying this.
Patrick Mahomes is oddly exicted about the Chiefs being in last place in the AFC West
The Chiefs just win football games with Mahomes under center. He has 39 victories through the early chunk of his career, and Kansas City was obviously a favorite in the AFC once again coming into the season.
They started the season off with a narrow victory against the Cleveland Browns. They followed that up with a one-point loss against the Baltimore Ravens in a Sunday night thriller before falling to the Chargers by one score.
Nonetheless, Mahomes doesn’t seem too worried about their start (h/t Pro Football Talk).
“It’s exciting. Now you know you have to go. We’ve put our back against the wall. So how are we going to respond? I think you’ll get the best out of everybody. You’ll get the best out of every person in this locker room because you know that it’s time to go now. Every game matters if you want to do what we want to do and I’m excited to see how these guys respond, myself included.”Patrick Mahomes
That is a scary thought. Mahomes says that they will “get the best out of every person” on the team. The Chiefs have reigned supreme in the AFC for the past two seasons, and while they are in last place for now, it certainly won’t last long.
Don’t count out the Chiefs
To be fair, the Chiefs’ opening schedule has been brutal. The Browns were a playoff team and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Wild Card Weekend in January. And the Ravens have been one of the premier teams in the AFC, and Lamar Jackson has been marvelous.
The Chargers– despite missing the playoffs in 2020– are much improved, with a new coaching staff and several new players on their roster, not to mention Herbert’s emergence as one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Andy Reid’s team has lost their games by a total of seven points, and one play here or there could easily have them at 3-0 and atop the division– and the AFC, for that matter.
Moreover, anytime you win a ton of games and make trips to the Super Bowl, a target is on your back, and everybody is gunning for the Chiefs this season more than ever.
Up next for Mahomes and company
Kansas City’s schedule eases up a bit this week as the Chiefs head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, but they then face another primetime matchup the following week with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
There is a ton of time left in the first year of the new 17-game schedule. Mahomes is excited about the challenge, and that should scare everybody in the NFL.
The Chiefs are 5th in the NFL in points per game and 7th in yards per game, so there haven’t been any issues with their offense early on. They added Josh Gordon and finally got a solid effort from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, so things are beginning to turn the corner in the 2021 campaign.
Either way, don’t count these guys out, especially with Mahomes being excited about their backs being against the wall.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference