A couple of months ago, the Kansas City Chiefs‘ run with Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid was finished.

The national media decided that since wide receiver Tyreek Hill was no longer on the team, then the Chiefs were no longer a powerhouse.

Silly thinking, right?

It only took Kansas City two weeks to send a message to their rivals in the AFC and the rest of the NFL — the Chiefs haven’t gone anywhere.

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Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs got off to a quick start in week one by beating the Arizona Cardinals in dominating fashion, winning 44-21 on the road.

The real message, however, was sent on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

It feels like all we’ve heard this offseason is how Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is the next superstar, face-of-the-NFL quarterback.

Mahomes quickly reminded folks on Thursday night that he’s still the king of the AFC by leading the Chiefs to a 27-24 win over the Chargers.

After two weeks, Kansas City is the only team in the AFC West without a loss.

There was all this talk this summer about Herbert, Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, and Davante Adams and the Las Vegas Raiders. The narrative was that everyone in the AFC West improved while the Chiefs’ roster regressed.

I’d say that entire narrative has been blown out of the water already.

Look, there’s no doubt that Mahomes and the Chiefs miss Hill (and he apparently misses Mahomes). The former Chiefs wide receiver is a great player with a unique skill set.

But Mahomes helped make his life a lot easier — it wasn’t a one-sided relationship.

Reid, who is one of the most consistent coaches in the NFL, also made Hill’s life easier by correctly using him in the offense.

That consistency from Reid is because he adapts well to changes in the NFL. And he’s clearly adapted well to life without Hill.

There’s obviously a long way to go this season. And the Chiefs will likely be battle-tested at several points throughout the year. But the message has been sent — the AFC West still goes through Kansas City until a team proves otherwise.

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