Week 4: Vs. New England Patriots
The rivalry formed between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots over the last two seasons was built around one matchup: Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady. Now that Brady is gone, the rivalry has likely disappeared.
Sure, it is Bill Belichick, the mad genius that manages to win with Wal-Mart baggers at receiver, but that was always built on the abilities of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s decision-making, football IQ, and toughness in the pocket is what made Belichick’s screen and quick pass-centric offense work. Jarrett Stidham is no Tom Brady, and with the lack of talent at receiver still pressing the offense, the kid is set up to fail.
Mahomes slayed the dragon last season when he finally took his victory over Tom Brady and Belichick in Week 14. The mental pressure that hinders young players against the Patriots has been lifted from the Chiefs, giving Mahomes and company confidence that they can do Super Bowl champion things and find victory in Week 4.