Patrick Mahomes: We know we’re going to get a good test no matter who we play

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The Chiefs clinched the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a clean victory over the Raiders on Saturday, finishing the season 14-3.

Kansas City has won at least 12 games in every season since Patrick Mahomes became the team’s starting quarterback and this year finished No. 1 in points and total yards.

All this after trading Tyreek Hill and integrating several new receivers.

After Saturday’s game, Mahomes said clinching the conference’s top seed and its only bye week starts with the culture set by the organization and coaches.

“It was started before I was even here. And so, you get a lot of guys in here that learn how we do things,” Mahomes said in his press conference. “We have a lot of veterans on our team, and when you bring in new guys you just show them by the way you act. Luckily for us, [G.M.] Brett Veach and coach [Andy] Reid brought in a lot of guys that were ready to work and wanted to get out there as quickly as possible. And I think you’ve seen as the seasons gone on, those rookies are getting better and then the veterans are starting to hit the right moment going into the playoffs.”

The prevailing thought in the 2022 offseason was that the AFC West was going to be the league’s best division, based on the personnel moves of the three other teams. But Kansas City was still 6-0 in the division, and is now 27-3 against AFC West opponents since Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018.

Mahomes said divisional games “for sure” mean more to him.

“That was something that was instilled with me right when I got here. We were going to focus on AFC West opponents,” Mahomes said. “We believe we have one of the best divisions, if not the best division, in football. And so, we know if we can handle business and AFC West, it’s going to put us in the position to be where we want to be at the end of the year.

“Like I’ve said a lot, our first goal is win the AFC West. Second goal is to get home field advantage, which we’re in a weird spot there, but now we’re going to get this bye now and get back to the playoffs. Get a home game at Arrowhead and try to handle business there against what will be another great football team. If you look at the AFC in general, every single team one through eight or nine can make a run to the Super Bowl. We know we are going to get a good test no matter who it is.”

The Chiefs will face the lowest-remaining seed in the AFC in the divisional round, which will be the No. 4 Jaguars, No. 5 Chargers, No. 6 Ravens, or No. 7 Dolphins.

14 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: We know we’re going to get a good test no matter who we play

  1. Of all those potential matches, the chargers are the only ones that pose any kind of threat, jags being a close second. But JAX did take LA to the woodshed earlier this year and Pederson is a damn good coach. You don’t accidentally win a Super Bowl, especially the way he did. A proven branch of the Reid coaching tree.

  2. After Saturday’s game, Mahomes said clinching the conference’s top seed and its only bye week starts with the culture set by the organization and coache
    …………………
    It certainly helps as well when two teams who beat you and would own tiebreakers over you face an unprecedented circumstance, thereby making your path this much easier.

  3. well, other fans need stop talking about how the Chiefs were gifted anything. We had more wins than anyone else, and a higher winning percentage. The Chiefs earned their spot. The Chiefs did not have any impact on that game being canceled, so don’t put that on them.
    Most likely, Cinci would have won that game vs Buffalo having homefield and they way they looked. Cinci, Buffalo, and KC all won in week 18, so the only one team that got shafted in all of this is Cinci…I think they would have been the 2 seed. Either way, the NFL setup a potential AFC championship game that could be at a neutral field instead of in KC if Buffalo and KC make it to that game. Any other scenario goes on as normal. Still think a potential Buffalo Cinci rematch in the divisional round should have to be at a neutral field as well. Only fair as that Bengals-Bills game had direct implications on that location. Regardless, as it played out, even if Cinci had won that Buffalo game, the fact that KC won sunday made it impossible for Cinci to catch KC for the 1 or 2 seed. So there should be no complaints if a potential KC-Cinci game is at Arrowhead.

  4. joetoronto says:
    January 9, 2023 at 10:25 am
    After Saturday’s game, Mahomes said clinching the conference’s top seed and its only bye week starts with the culture set by the organization and coache
    …………………
    It certainly helps as well when two teams who beat you and would own tiebreakers over you face an unprecedented circumstance, thereby making your path this much easier.
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    So whats your point? There was no tie breaker needed or maybe you don’t understand the part where the team with the most wins during the regular season gets the higher seed. The NFL did everything they could to make sure Buffalo didn’t have to play in KC again this year. Have fun once again not watching your Patriots in the post season, your precious Patriots have now taken the torch from the Jets to assume the doormat of the AFC East for the next decade.

  5. We play the playoffs to separate the pretenders from the real winners. KC has demonstrated that having multiple weapons makes up for the part time player that wore 10. They may not be as fast, but they show up for each game.

  6. If KC blows it again this season can we look at them as underachievers with the QB they have?

  7. bullogne says:
    January 9, 2023 at 1:05 pm
    If KC blows it again this season can we look at them as underachievers with the QB they have?
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    How in the world can you say that when every talking head with a plaid sport coat was picking the Chiefs to finish last in their division before a game was played?

  8. As much as I admire Mahomes, I’m thinking a Burrows vs Allen shoot-out for the AFC Championship.

  9. Chiefs MVP will take them to his third SB in 5 years.

    How he doesn’t collect league MVP again is almost criminal.

  10. They will definitely get a good test, wait a GREAT test. Look at the Schedule they played: Their division was mostly garbage and to have 4 games against Denver and LV this year was a gift (even though preseason we didnt think it would be so) They had maybe 4 teams worth a damn on the schedule if you look at it. Cincy or Buffalo can both beat this team, maybe Cincy more so, since they look more complete. Buffalo could certainly win because they have talent but they will probably need more heart than talent to beat KC this year, because this is the worst on paper Bills team in the last 3 yrs (esp with no Daboll) If it is a Cincy/Bills divisional game in 2 weeks, we will learn a lot about both those teams and have a better sense of who can really beat KC. I would not find it surprising if either the Jags or Bolts (notably the Bolts) could go into arrowhead and win.

  11. darthhelmut says:
    January 9, 2023 at 11:56 am
    ***** Good Comment, one correction:
    Change FROM: “The NFL did everything they could to make sure Buffalo didn’t have to play in KC again this
    year.” TO: “The NFL made sure Buffalo didn’t have to play in KC again this year.”

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