On Saturday, the Chiefs discovered a solution to advance to the championship sport regardless of celebrity quarterback Patrick Mahomes struggling a excessive ankle sprain and lacking a big chunk of the primary half earlier than enjoying the second half on primarily one leg. Mahomes is planning to play by means of the damage subsequent week.
Whereas Mahomes will very possible not be close to 100-percent, that’s not the place the Chiefs’ fear ends on the quarterback place. They’re going through the Cincinnati Bengals and Joe Burrow.
If there was a components to beating Mahomes, who’s enjoying his fifth AFC title video games in as many seasons as a starter with the Chiefs, it has been Burrow. Burrow and the Bengals are 3-0 in opposition to Mahomes and Kansas Metropolis in his profession, and the entire video games have come since January of 2022. Cincinnati beat Kansas Metropolis 34-31 at house in Week 17 of the 2021 common season, the Bengals superior to the Tremendous Bowl with a 27-24 additional time win over the Chiefs within the AFC Championship sport at Kansas Metropolis final 12 months, after which the Bengals beat Kansas Metropolis 27-24 at house in Week 13 seven weeks in the past.
So, the Chiefs have a ache of their leg and their rear this week.
Sure, all three of these wins have been three-point video games or nearer, however the level is, the Bengals shall be coming into Arrowhead Stadium subsequent week with a swagger that few, if any, different staff might pull off on this circumstance. They went into Buffalo, within the snow, and blew the Payments’ doorways off. Chants of “Who Dey” rang by means of the stadium and could possibly be heard all the best way to Missouri.
The Bengals aren’t going to be afraid of the Chiefs, and with Mahomes banged up, the Chiefs can’t be tremendous thrilled about this matchup.
The excellent news for the No. 1-seeded Chiefs is that this shall be a house sport. If Buffalo had gained Sunday, the AFC Championship would have been performed in Atlanta, a impartial web site, on account of the cancelled Damar Hamlin sport in Cincinnati in Week 17. The Bengals’ win makes this a conventional championship sport.
Would the Chiefs, who would by no means admit this, secretly relatively had performed Buffalo even when it meant they’d lose their nice home-field benefit? They shouldn’t be blamed in the event that they did. They know what they’re getting with a date with Burrow. He’s so much like their very own man: A gunslinger who’s afraid of nobody.
Burrow and the Bengals are coming, Kansas Metropolis. Thus, Mahomes’s damage is much out of your solely fear this week.