Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is facing a situation this week for the first time in his NFL career.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted on Wednesday morning that Mahomes, for the first time as an NFL player, is a home underdog this week in the Chiefs’ matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
Mahomes had previously been favored in 41 straight home games (including the playoffs), which is the longest streak ever to start an NFL career (in the Super Bowl era).
Both teams are 4-1 and currently riding a two-game winning streak. The Bills are favored because they appear to be back on track after their 38-3 shellacking of the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.
For the first time in his career, Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes is a home underdog. Mahomes had been favored in his first 41 home starts, including the playoffs, the longest streak to begin a career in the Super Bowl era.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2022
Kansas City, on the other hand, is coming off a narrow 30-29 win against the Las Vegas Raiders. Buffalo seems to be the more consistent team right now so I can understand them being favored.
However, I think we’ve all learned that doubting Mahomes in a big game is never wise.
This game will almost certainly be a complete toss-up. In fact, I would expect it to go down to the final drive. And in that case, the outcome will just depend on who gets the final possession.
Kind of like the 2021 playoff matchup between these two teams that Kansas City won thanks to getting the ball first in overtime.
I’m sure Chiefs fans wouldn’t mind the same outcome.