The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting their third straight AFC Championship game this Sunday. While that is something to be excited about, the mood is still dull due to Mahomes’ uncertainty.
While many are still riding the high of last week’s victory over Cleveland, the focus is still on Patrick Mahomes. The week’s media questions have been mainly asked about Mahomes.
The answer remains the same, as Head Coach Andy Reid continues to bear down on the notion that Mahomes is fine and in the protocol. Besides all of the questions asked about the reigning Superbowl MVP, we will dive into the week’s media up to this point in this series.
Chiefs Media Availability Week of AFC Championship
It is safe to say that most of the questions asked involved some concern for Mahomes, and rightfully so. With the former MVP, the Chiefs have an increased chance at winning on Sunday.
Without Mahomes, Kansas City will have a tough time with Buffalo. No knock on Chad Henne, who did a great job last Sunday, but he is no Mahomes.
Preparation for Kansas City with Unknown at Quarterback
Head Coach Andy Reid was asked on Wednesday if the gameplan has changed any, especially with Patrick Mahomes in the protocol.
Reid responded with, “When Chad was in the game, we didn’t change anything, so we are just leaving it the way it is.”
This can give us optimism for a couple of reasons. One of them is that Coach Reid has faith that Mahomes will be available for Sunday, so he is not changing things.
The other, Reid is confident in Henne’s ability to execute, based on what he showed last Sunday in the Chiefs win over Cleveland.
A Look at the Bills Defense
Everyone talks about the Bills offense, and rightfully so when considering who their quarterback is. However, they have an elite defense as well.
Buffalo prides themselves on their pass coverage defense. They have players like Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, and Tre’ White, which can cause problems.
Mecole Hardman has improved this season in learning how to adjust throughout a game. He was asked what makes the Bills defense so good, and this is how he responded:
“They get to the ball very fast, and they are physical on the point of attack.”
Mecole Hardman is a player that will need to step up on Sunday, as Buffalo may be more focused on Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce.
The Explosive Offense in Buffalo
This season’s big storyline has been the outstanding play of Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who has improved his game in a couple of ways.
After improving his accuracy and pocket awareness from the previous season, Allen launched himself into the MVP discussion this year.
His impressive play has not gone unnoticed by Chiefs players, as Tyrann Mathieu was asked about his thoughts on the young star.
“Just to see his progressions… he is clearly one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He can throw it a mile and use his legs.”, Mathieu stated.
That is very high praise coming from a defensive back that has teamed up with guys like Mahomes and Watson. Kansas City will need to make it a priority come Sunday to make him feel uncomfortable if they want a good shot at winning the game.
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