The football gods have smiled in an odd way that no one really wanted them to when they presented the Green Bay Packers to the Kansas City Chiefs without reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. In a game in which fans nationwide were anxious to watch two of the very best quarterbacks in the game battle it out, the storyline has now shifted to Patrick Mahomes as the star attraction against Jordan Love making his debut as a starter.
For the Chiefs, Rodgers’ unavailability for the game due to a positive COVID test means that there’s simply zero excuse for them to leave Arrowhead Stadium with anything but a victory on Sunday evening.
Before, the Chiefs already faced a serious backs-against-the-wall vibe given their present 4-4 record without a single victory over a team with a winning record. Now, however, they need to show they can take care of business against a far less imposing foe forced to play on the road and start a rookie signal-caller.
Can the Kansas City Chiefs maintain momentum against the Green Bay Packers?
For the Chiefs, the schedule remains plenty difficult after this, so it’s not as if the Chiefs are without proper tests coming up. Next week the Chiefs travel to face the division-leading Las Vegas Raiders before hosting the Dallas Cowboys in consecutive weeks. That means a loss to Green Bay would stoke expectations of missing the playoffs entirely. In short, the Chiefs have very little wiggle room here. The expectations are to win and they simply must follow through.
For those wanting to watch the game, you can watch the game on CBS at 3:25 p.m. C.T. If you’re looking for a streaming option, our friends at Fubo TV have you covered. You can also check out the Chiefs mobile app and other options here.