KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs have a difficult task ahead of them, as they have the last few years. Getting to the Super Bowl isn’t easy. It wasn’t easy in 2019, and it definitely won’t be in the upcoming season.

Patrick Mahomes may still be the best player in the division, but he definitely has some competition. With Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, Chandler Jones, Khalil Mack, and many others in the division, it’s fair to say the AFC West is stacked.

Luckily, the Chiefs still have the respect of their peers. The division knows the road to the Super Bowl goes through the Chiefs. But, once again, that doesn’t mean it will be any easier.

Just ask Raiders tight end Darren Waller.

The Raiders and Chiefs rivalry goes way back. And while there is a ton of hate, there is also a lot of respect. Both franchises respect the past and present.

Waller knows these games will be tough. No matter who the division opponent is that week. And it’s going to be the exact same scenario for the Chiefs.

”If you just look at the talent in one particular division, I don’t think I’ve seen one [a division like the AFCW],” Waller said recently on The Rich Eisen Show. So you know, on a week-to-week basis, multiple times in a season, that is just going to be gladiator type wars. It’s just my opinion, but that’s what’s the most fun about football.”

“When you line up against guys that are the most talented, who have an opportunity to win a championship, and they have those quality of rosters. I feel like that brings the best out of me. I feel like that brings the best out of the team.”

The same goes for Kansas City, who will have to play each team in the AFC west twice. While it will be hard, we are almost guaranteed to have some good football every time any of these teams play Kansas City.

Kansas City’s biggest advantage is it has a proven head coach-quarterback combination that has succeeded at the ultimate level in the NFL. The AFC West is no joke, but no task is too tall as long as Andy Reid and Mahomes are around.

Featured Image Credit Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports