With the Kansas City Chiefs fresh off a huge win vs. the Cowboys and Thanksgiving just around the corner, there is plenty to be thankful for as a Chiefs fan. For a fun, albeit silly article, I made a list of some Chiefs players/coaches and the Thanksgiving food/items they reminded me of.
Patrick Mahomes: Turkey
“Mahomes is the turkey of football” is one way to capture this comparison, but it sounds strange and wildly unclear. However, “Turkey is the Mahomes of Thanksgiving” makes perfect sense universally. Just as the phrase “Chiefs football” conjures an image of their prolific leader, Patrick Mahomes, the word “Thanksgiving” garners the thought of a rounded, delightfully sheen turkey. Sure, some parts of the turkey may be drier than others, and sometimes the connection with the other side dishes just aren’t there. You can’t expect perfect execution every year, because as great as the turkey is, the role players (stuffing, gravy) need to be on their respective game to really let the turkey shine in context.
Just as a turkey can be overcooked one year, Mahomes may struggle with his pocket presence for a stretch. But at the end of the day, the two respective titans always return to form. A golden-brown turkey is what distinguishes a Thanksgiving from a simple dinner party, just as Patrick Mahomes is the difference between “just any team” (Raiders) and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The offensive line: stuffing
Last year, you thought you could skimp on the stuffing. You thought that your turkey was so electric that you could save some money by skimping on the stuffing. Instead of buying high-quality bread crumbs, you shrugged and opted for whatever was at home. In hindsight, the perfect thanksgiving was a “stuffing” away. Never again, you said.
Flashback to now, and you’ve invested in the best bread crumbs Oklahoma can offer and you got a great deal on some chicken stock from Tennessee. Some criticized you for putting so many resources into stuffing; after all, it’s the turkey and the pies that make the highlight tape. But man, it’s easier to breathe knowing you can take some pressure off the turkey.
The best part? The ingredients for the stuffing will be viable for a very long time, just as Trey Smith, Creed Humphrey, Joe Thuney, and Orlando Brown look like mainstays for this Chiefs offensive line.