How KC Chiefs can succeed even with Patrick Mahomes’ injury
Travis Kelce Has To Dominate
I’ll get to how KC should approach the overall passing attack in a moment, but the bottom line here is that Travis Kelce has to be a star on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs have two all-time great players on offense, one of them is Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes isn’t going to be 100% so that means their other GOAT has to help carry the load. Kelce did just that against the Jaguars. His 14 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns were vital to them winning that game and they need a similar effort from him on Sunday.
The Bengals will undoubtedly have a plan to try to take Kelce out of the game. They will likely try to beat him up at the line and then double him in coverage whenever they can. It doesn’t matter. The truly legendary players rise above any game plan to stop them. Kelce has to do that on Sunday. Andy Reid does a great job of getting Kelce free using motion before the snap and they’ll need plenty of that, but Kelce also has to beat double teams and use his uncanny ability to find holes in a defense where others can’t.
The Bengals have a freak of nature on offense in Ja’marr Chase who will likely make big plays no matter how well KC game plans for him. Kelce has to be that for the Chiefs. If Kelce ends the day with 4 catches for 45 yards and no touchdowns the Chiefs probably lose. It’s that simple. Kelce is on the verge of becoming the consensus greatest tight end of all time. He could solidify that with a legendary performance on Sunday that helps carry the Chiefs to another Super Bowl appearance.
In order for Kelce to have a shot to dominate the Chiefs have to have other players step up in the passing game too. There are three players that need to be a big part of that.