Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs beat Paxton Lynch and the Broncos

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In a meaningless game to close the season, the Chiefs and Broncos both wanted a look at their young first-round quarterbacks. And Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked better than Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch.

If you can overlook the fact that it was a meaningless game, today’s game in Denver was exciting: It went down to the final play, when Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker hit the game-winning field goal to make the final score 27-24.

But the game was mostly about those young quarterbacks. Mahomes completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, while Lynch completed 21 of 31 passes for 254 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lynch also lost a fumble.

The Chiefs have the playoffs to get ready for, but in the offseason both teams will have tough questions to answer about the future of their quarterback position. Will Lynch start for the Broncos in 2018? Will Mahomes start for the Chiefs? Today’s game gave both teams some things to think about.

25 responses to “Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs beat Paxton Lynch and the Broncos

  1. Paxton Lynch is just like every young QB, and he’ll get better with experience. Just look at Alex Smith. He’s been in the league a dozen years or so, and he’s still improving. Mahomes will take the Chiefs up a notch or two from where they are now. The only two QB’s that I remember being great from the moment they stepped on the field are Montana and Brady.

  2. These results had much to do with the fact that the Broncos have NO offensive line. I do not blame coaches or players for this. I lay the blame, squarely on the shoulders of Elway.
    The team, before he took over, was pretty solid. He goes out and spends time & money chasing Manning. He wins a BIG one, for them. Well, since then the team has struggled mightily.
    They are screaming about Vance, but you can’t polish a turd. IMO, the coach did what he could with what little talent he had.

  3. Paxton Lynch should not have been drafted in the 1st round.
    Chiefs and Cowboys both wanted him in the first. That’s why Denver moved up in the draft. Hindsight is always 20/20 I guess. Chiefs and Cowboys dodged a bullet by not taking him. Denver, not so much.

  4. Anyone who has paid any attention must be afraid of their team facing Mahommes in the future. Or if you’re a Chiefs fan you must praise the other 9 teams that passed on him. He’ll be the star of the class of 2017

  5. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    Big Alex Smith will be a Denver Bronco next year


    Of all the scenarios out there, I think this is the least likely.

    We need to remember that Smith is still under contract for 1 more year, so the options are as follows:
    1) Smith plays for the Chiefs
    2) The Chiefs trade Smith, in which they get something for him and control where he goes.
    And then if neither of those options happen….
    3) Release Smith and get nothing for him, and have no control over where he goes.

    Smith is coming off a legitimate MVP type season. So if the Chiefs do not keep him (and if they make it to the AFC Championship game, they probably will), there will be a pretty good market for Smith. So given that Denver is a good team, without a good Quarterback, is there any chance the Chiefs give them that QB instead of trading him to a NFC team for less?

    No, I am going 50/50 on the odds that Smith is the Starting QB for the Chiefs or a NFC team next year.

  6. People will one day realize that John Elway has done a horrible job building a roster. If that defense mixed with Peyton didn’t win them a super bowl, what other significant pieces has elway added through the draft??? Thats why you can’t just make people high level executives in a field they’ve never worked in. Bowden appointed his business partner, longtime friend and the organizations best player to make all personnel decisions. Ironically, Elway is doing THE SAME thing with his best friend and former backup QB Kubiak. There are rumblings he wants to make Kubiak the GM. It takes years of scouting and personnel experiences to learn the nuances of running a personnel department. Anyone can pull a card off the draftborad though.

  7. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    Big Alex Smith will be a Denver Bronco next year

    Alex Smith is not a free agent. The Chiefs will not trade him to a division rival in need of
    a quarterback.

  8. Hahahahahahah
    Horseface thought he outsmarted Kansas City 2 years ago by moving up in the 1st round to take Lynch because he thought the Chiefs wanted him.
    The Chiefs now have a future HOFer at QB in Mahomes, and the Broncos are stuck with Lynch AND Elway.
    Elway has put the Donkeys in a position that they will not be sble to contend for a dozen years. They lucked out with Manning, now the flaws and ineptitude are very very apparent with Elway.
    Andy Reid and thd Chiefs own the AFC WEST and are Super Bowl bound

  9. Couldn’t watch the game because the NFL decided to pick the game I was most interested in, but it seems to me that Lynch played better than expected. I would agree with the poster above that he was not a 1st round pick. It would have been nice to be able to have seen this game to see how they actually played.

  10. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    Mahomes has more wins than Lynch already!


    And more than former projected first overall pick… Christian Hackenberg.

  11. Alex Smith is an Elway type of target of acquisition. He’s already proven he can’t draft an NFL starter quality QB, and he’s seen the success of bringing top tier QB talent to attract other talented free agents to his roster for deep playoff runs.

    50-26 as a starter for Reid, this season Smith has blossomed into the top rated deep passer in the NFL (goodbye capt checkdown slur) he’s still got the wheels, the savvy to read defenses and his turnover rate is second to none. At the tail end of his career, he’s arguably in the top 5 of lethal QBS. This is what Elway does best, goes after low hanging fruit.

    Elway will only have to cough up 2019’s 1st round pick and this years 2nd rounder and he can rent Smith for a year.

  12. Best of luck in the playoffs Chiefs! You beat my Bolts squarely, twice, and deserve to be where your at. Unlike the orange hee haws, who have cheated to get every trophy, you actually earned your way. Hope they play hard and represent the AFC West with dignity.

    -A Chargers Fan

  13. Are you people serious with this Mahomes stuff? Have fun going from the second winningest franchise in recent years to missing the playoffs. I hope they do get rid of Smith, just so all these armchair GMs can eat all of that crow

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