Patrick Mahomes said a balance between his long-term security and the flexibility to keep great team-mates around him was behind his 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs announced on Monday that they had signed quarterback Mahomes to an extension worth up to $503million, the richest contract in sports history.

It comes after a remarkable start to Mahomes' career in the NFL, which saw him win the league MVP award in 2018 and named Super Bowl MVP last season as the Chiefs fought back to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

Despite the eye-watering numbers, the contract does not destroy the Chiefs in terms of the salary cap.

Mahomes, who had two years left on his rookie contract, will be tied to the Chiefs for the next 12 seasons but will count just $5.3million against the cap in 2020 and $24.8m in 2021.

It is not until the final five years of his deal that the most exorbitant cap hits will take effect, and it is his Chiefs team-mates who stand to benefit. 

The relatively light price the Chiefs will pay for Mahomes in the short term could allow them to sign franchise-tagged defensive tackle Chris Jones to a long-term deal, while safety Tyrann Mathieu, tight end Travis Kelce and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz are all candidates for extensions.

"I went in there with an open mind," Mahomes told a news conference of the negotiations. 

"I wanted to keep great players around me and reward them for being great players. When the concept came to me I loved the idea, we were able to do it the right way.

"Having Brett Veach, a young general manager who's done a great job of putting great players around me was a boost of confidence of signing this long-term extension.

"Having a 10-year contract, I just wanted to have the security of knowing I'm going to be a Kansas City Chief for a long time and at the same time we did a good job of having enough money to pay the guys around me.

"We're going to be a good football team for a long time."

Patrick Mahomes has signed a sensational 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The quarterback agreed a deal reportedly worth $503million with the Super Bowl champions, with $477m in guaranteed mechanisms, keeping him tied to the franchise through the 2031 season, when he will be 35.

The NFL MVP in 2018 and Super Bowl MVP in 2019, Mahomes was always expected to reset the QB market when he signed a new deal this offseason.

But for him to sign the richest contract in North American professional sports history on such a long contract was a huge development.

While it will likely see him sit top of the league's salary chart for many years to come, his new deal would have been music to the ears for some of the other QBs nearing a negotiating window.

Here, we look at those who also could be in line for a huge payday.
 

Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans

The man drafted just two spots below Mahomes at number 12 in 2017, Deshaun Watson, has ended years of quarterback woe in Houston.

Two consecutive AFC South crowns and a first playoff win last year have highlighted his credentials, with Mahomes and the Chiefs ultimately stopping the Texans in the divisional round in 2019.

Mahomes is second all time for yards-per-attempt among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts and Watson is an impressive fifth on that list, averaging over eight YPA.

Dual threat Watson has 71 touchdowns to 29 interceptions in 38 career games, plus 1,233 yards and a further 14 scores on the ground.

The Texans are desperate to retain him and Mahomes' deal means the price-tag just went up, although the loss of number one target DeAndre Hopkins means the new season may prove to be more challenging.


Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott is in the midst of a long contract negotiation with the Dallas Cowboys which dates back to last year.

He has signed the franchise tag which is due to see him play the 2020 season on a one-year pact worth $31m, unless a long-term deal can be struck before the deadline. 

Prescott enjoyed a superb statistical season in 2019, throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 11 picks.

The 26-year-old will be eyeing similar production this year after the team retained wide receiver Amari Cooper and added CeeDee Lamb to the mix.

But whether he deserves top-tier QB money is a subject that divides opinion, as the Cowboys have only won one playoff game since he was drafted in 2016, while his career record in games decided by three points or fewer is just 7-7.
 

Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens

One player who may be on a similar trajectory to Mahomes is Lamar Jackson, who has been revolutionising the QB position with his rushing ability.

He won the NFL MVP in 2019, rushing for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six picks through the air as part of an offense that is tailored to his strengths.

Having only played two seasons, he still is one year away from being eligible to receive a contract extension on his rookie deal.

After the Baltimore Ravens were shocked by the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, Jackson will be aiming to follow the path of Mahomes in winning the Super Bowl the year after being named MVP.

If he does that, a life-changing deal surely awaits, though the standard he set last year will be very hard to repeat.
 

Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield was picked atop the same 2018 draft that saw the Ravens get incredible value to land Jackson at number 32.

The Cleveland Browns QB faces a huge third season in the NFL, one which will determine whether or not he will be seen as the franchise's future.

An excellent rookie season saw him earn a 93.7 QB rating, prompting the Browns to surround him with talent including receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry, plus Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb.

But a sophomore slump saw him throw 21 picks as the team failed to live up to high expectations, slumping to 6-10, with Mayfield's QB rating dropping to 78.8.

In response, the Browns fired their head coach, bolstered a poor offensive line and assembled another impressive array of weapons around him for 2020.

Mayfield therefore has the opportunity to bounce back and earn a big contract, but if he does not produce, there will be fewer excuses available this time around.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been rewarded for his sensational start in the NFL with a 10-year contract extension that will net him a fortune.

The 24-year-old reigning Super Bowl MVP will cash in for a reported $503million having landed the richest deal in NFL history.

But is he really worth the big bucks?

Data from Stats Perform points to Mahomes being a generational talent, whose performance over the early years of his career point the way to greatness.

Here is a look in numbers at how Mahomes compares to the best in the game.

1 - Mahomes has played just 31 games in the NFL but compared to all others at that stage he is a number one standout. In the all-time standings at the 31-game stage of careers, he leads the way in terms of touchdown passes (76), passing yards (9,412), passer rating for those with a minimum 500 attempted passes (108.9) and games where he has had four-plus touchdown passes (8).

2 - He ranks second at the 31-game stage in completed passes (724), touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.22) and games where he has passed for 300-plus yards (17).

110.0 - Across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Mahomes had a passer rating of 110.0, with the only quarterbacks in any two-year span to post a higher mark from a minimum 750 attempts being Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

50 - Mahomes passed for 50 touchdowns in 2018, becoming just the third player to do so in a season, after Manning and Tom Brady.

12 - Mahomes also passed for 10 touchdowns and rushed for two TDs in last season's playoffs, with that total of 12 being the highest achieved by any player in an NFL postseason.

3 - He became the third youngest Super Bowl MVP (after Marcus Allen and Lynn Swann), and the youngest QB to take the award.

4 - When Mahomes hits a hot streak, the opposition had better be wary. He is the only player to have twice passed for four touchdowns in a single quarter, having become just the second to inflict such damage in a postseason game when he led the Chiefs to a stunning comeback win against the Houston Texans in last season's AFC divisional round.

32.0 - In the all-time list, Mahomes sits top for starting quarterbacks (minimum five starts) when it comes to team points per game. When Mahomes starts, the Chiefs have averaged 32 points, putting Mahomes ahead of Lamar Jackson (30.9), Bob Waterfield (29.4), Jimmy Garoppolo (28.8) and Brady (28.1).

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James congratulated Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes on his record-setting contract extension.

Mahomes will remain in Kansas City through the 2031 season after signing a mammoth new deal reportedly worth up to $503million, including $477m in guaranteed mechanisms.

The contract is the largest in North American professional sports history, surpassing the 12-year, $426.5m deal Mike Trout signed with MLB franchise the Los Angeles Angels in 2019. 

Mahomes – the 2018 NFL MVP – had two years remaining on the rookie contract he signed after being taken by Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft. 

James, who has won three NBA championships and four MVP awards, used social media to congratulate the 24-year-old star.

"Congrats brother!!!! Let me borrow $5," James wrote in an Instagram story on Monday.

After sitting behind veteran Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017, Mahomes took the NFL by storm the following year in his first season as a starter.

The Texas Tech product threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a single season in league history, while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and earning NFL MVP honours. He joined Peyton Manning (2013) as the only players with 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season.  

Mahomes followed up by leading the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 years with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February.

The 24-year-old threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points to overturn a 20-10 deficit, and was selected as the youngest MVP in Super Bowl history. 

Mahomes, who is 24-7 as a starter in regular-season games and 4-1 in the postseason, currently owns league records for passer rating (108.9) and passing yards per game (302.4) among quarterbacks with at least 25 career starts.

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to a record-setting 10-year contract extension worth over $500million on Monday.  

The deal will keep Mahomes, arguably the NFL's brightest young star, in Kansas City through the 2031 season. According to Spotrac, the contract is the richest ever both in terms of total value and average annual salary at a reported $503m – including $477m in guaranteed mechanisms.

Going forward, the Chiefs' front office will be tasked with surrounding the reigning Super Bowl MVP and 2018 NFL MVP with cheaper talent as Mahomes' average salary skyrockets.

While some pundits have questioned the ability of teams to win Super Bowls with a quarterback on a massive contract, the torrid start to Mahomes' career indicates he may be the exception.  

When the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February, he became just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to be named league MVP, win a Super Bowl and be named Super Bowl MVP in a two-year span.  

All the other five quarterbacks to accomplish that feat – Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Kurt Warner – are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

Despite all that he has accomplished, Mahomes' career is still in its infancy with the former first-round pick set to turn 25 in his third full year as a starter in 2020.  

Mahomes' 9,412 passing yards, 76 touchdown passes and 108.9 passer rating are all the best in league history for a quarterback in his first 31 games. His 17 games of at least 300 passing yards are the second most through 31 games, trailing only Kurt Warner's 20.  

While Mahomes' numbers last season were not quite as gaudy as they were in his 50-touchdown 2018 campaign, an argument can be made that he improved in his second year as a full-time starter.  

The biggest concern teams had with him in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas Tech was his aggressiveness leading to too many turnovers. While his 50 touchdowns in 2018 more than made up for the 12 interceptions he threw, Mahomes cut his interception total to just five last season. His 2019 interception rate of just over 1.0 percent is among the 10 lowest ever in a season with at least 25 touchdown passes.  

While head coach Andy Reid's system has proven to be the perfect incubator for Mahomes early in his career, last season he showed the ability to be productive despite some attrition around him.  

The departure of Kareem Hunt left a rotating stable of running backs in 2019 with no top-level producer emerging as the leader. Injuries to Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins led to Mahomes working with a variety of unexperienced receivers throughout the year. 

Mahomes himself suffered an injury that cost him two games, yet the Chiefs still finished the regular season 12-4 with a division title.  

But perhaps no ability makes Mahomes more unique – or worthy of a record-breaking contract – than his ability to score in bunches.  

Three times since becoming the Chiefs' starter, Mahomes has thrown at least three touchdowns in a single quarter, more than any other NFL quarterback since 2018. On September 15 last season, Mahomes threw four scores in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders, the first time that had been done in nearly five years.  

Mahomes threw for the first postseason four-touchdown quarter since 1988 in last season's playoffs when he helped Kansas City turn a 24-0 deficit into a 51-31 blowout win over the Houston Texans.  

He went on to throw two touchdown passes and led the Chiefs to 21 straight points in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, giving Kansas City their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years.  

Fast-forward five months and Mahomes now has the richest contract in NFL history as his storybook career continues.  

Some will still argue that the price tag is too high – that history shows the Chiefs will struggle to field a balanced team around their superstar quarterback.  

But history has never seen a quarterback quite like Patrick Mahomes.  

The Kansas City Chiefs signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a record 10-year contract extension that will keep the reigning Super Bowl MVP under team control through the 2031 season. 

Financial terms were not disclosed, though NFL.com reported the mega-deal to be worth $503million and includes $477m in guarantee mechanisms.

The contract is the largest in North American professional sports history, surpassing the 12-year, $426.5m deal Mike Trout signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2019. 

Mahomes – the 2018 NFL MVP – had two years remaining on the rookie contract he signed after being taken by Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft. 

"This is a significant moment for our franchise and for the Chiefs Kingdom," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a team statement. "Since he joined the Chiefs just a few years ago, Patrick has developed into one of the most prolific athletes in all of sports.

"With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognised and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. 

"He's an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community, and I'm delighted that he will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come." 

After sitting behind veteran Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017, Mahomes took the NFL by storm the following year in his first season as a starter.

The Texas Tech product threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a single season in league history, while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and earning NFL MVP honors. He joined Peyton Manning (2013) as the only players with 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season.  

Mahomes followed up by leading the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 years with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February.

The 24-year-old threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points to overturn a 20-10 deficit, and was selected as the youngest MVP in Super Bowl history.  

"I've had the privilege of coaching a lot of incredible athletes and special people in my career, and Patrick is without question on that list of players," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. "The best part is he's still early in his career. 

"He makes us all better as an organization and we are blessed he's going to be our quarterback for years to come." 

Mahomes, who is 24-7 as a starter in regular-season games and 4-1 in the postseason, currently owns league records for passer rating (108.9) and passing yards per game (302.4) among quarterbacks with at least 25 career starts.  

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The contract will reportedly be the richest in NFL history and comes after Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title for 50 years last season.

Kansas City stormed back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers to prevail 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV, of which Mahomes was named MVP.

His heroics in Miami followed a 2018 campaign that saw Mahomes named league MVP in his first full season as Kansas City's starting quarterback.

Mahomes, whom the Chiefs traded up to select with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft, had two years remaining on his previous deal.

The extension means he is not scheduled to hit free agency until 2032, when he will be 35 years old.

Mahomes made his first start for the Chiefs in Week 17 of his rookie season, guiding Kansas City to victory over the Denver Broncos.

He was named starter for 2018 as Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins and subsequently threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns - and running for another two - as the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

His 2019 season appeared in jeopardy when Mahomes injured his knee against the Broncos in October but he returned after missing just two games with a patella dislocation and sealed his place in franchise folklore with a comeback that clinched the Chiefs' first Lombardi Trophy since 1969.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Lamar Jackson finds constant comparisons with Patrick Mahomes annoying but conceded he would love to have the Kansas City Chiefs star's arm strength.

In 2019, Jackson succeeded Mahomes as NFL MVP with both having won the award in their second season in the league.

Their similar trajectory as players and their presence as two of the premier quarterbacks as the league enters a new era at the position has seen 'Jackson or Mahomes' become a frequent source of debate.

Yet it is a discussion for which Baltimore Ravens signal-caller Jackson has little time.

Speaking on Bleacher Report's 'Take it There with Taylor Rooks', Jackson said of comparisons with Mahomes: "Yeah that's annoying. We play football.

"Two different teams. Ain't got nothing to do with each other. Like, we just play football. That's it."

Asked if there was any aspect of Mahomes' skill set he would like to possess, Jackson initially joked: "None. I ain't trying to be him. I'm my own player."

However, he then added: "To throw as far as him, I want that cannon. He got a cannon arm. I'd take that cannon."

Mahomes led the Chiefs to glory in Super Bowl LIV last season and was named MVP of the game after authoring a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs had trailed 20-10 with seven minutes left.

Jackson and the Ravens would have met Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game had Baltimore not suffered a shock 28-12 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round.

Mahomes has won both games he and Jackson have contested in the NFL. The Chiefs beat the Ravens 33-28 in Week 3 last season, having also defeated Baltimore 27-24 in Week 14 of the 2018 campaign.

Kansas City Chiefs and NFL star Patrick Mahomes said he wants to "help the world" following George Floyd's death.

Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis last month, sparking protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the United States and beyond.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Super Bowl champion and MVP Mahomes, 24, is determined to drive change amid the anti-racism protests.

"I can't watch the entire George Floyd video through and through," Mahomes said. "I've watched it in parts but it hurts me too much to my soul to see him and feel like I can't help.

"I wanted to sit back and listen. I didn't want to act off anger. I didn't want to act off hurt. I wanted to listen and make the best informed decision that I think I could to help the world, help the community with my platform."

There has been plenty of talk about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem when the season gets underway.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees said players who knelt during the anthem were "disrespecting the flag", comments which sparked fierce backlash and led to an apology.

Mahomes said: "It's not about who kneels and who doesn't kneel. It's about having the right to peacefully protest and to recognise that social injustices are happening and racial inequity does happen every single day.

"I just want the community to be somewhere where everybody including black people can feel like they can go into the community and be safe. Whatever way that is, whatever actions we can take to do that, it's all about doing that as quickly as possible."

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes was among a group of players who sent a powerful message to the NFL in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, sparking protests at police brutality and racial injustice across the United States and beyond.

In a powerful video posted on social media on Thursday, 2018 NFL MVP Mahomes, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and the Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott were involved in sending a message to the NFL.

"How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?" the group of players said in the video.

They added: "On behalf of the National Football League, this is what we, the players, would like to hear you state: We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people.

"We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting.

"We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that there was "an urgent need for action" in the wake of Floyd's death.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologised on Thursday after facing criticism for saying he disagreed with players kneeling during the United States national anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem in 2016 as a protest against police brutality and racial inequality.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson made their first public statements since the death of George Floyd sparked protests against racially driven police brutality in the United States.

Floyd died in police custody last Monday in Minneapolis when an officer kneeled on his neck while he lay handcuffed on the ground, leading to widespread demonstrations and riots in multiple American cities.

Wilson said he fears for the lives of his children in the current climate, recalling stories he heard of the tension and violence of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, saying, "The past has never left us."

"As a stepdad to one of the most amazing kids I've ever known, a young boy with so much passion, talent, intelligence, and love for others; as a father to one of the most bright, brilliant and vibrant young girls in the world and a new baby boy on the way . . . I fear," Wilson wrote on Twitter.

"I fear for their lives just like my grandmother feared for my dad's life and the lives of her other children. I fear because of the colour of their beautiful chocolate skin.

"The video of George Floyd broke my heart. Seeing someone's life taken so cruelly makes us want to rage and lash out. 

"But then I ask myself, what would George Floyd want? He told us. He just wanted his mother. He wanted his life. He simply wanted to breathe."

Mahomes said he has been "blessed to be accepted" as a mixed-race man and hopes sports can provide a blueprint for greater racial harmony in the future.  

"The senseless murders that we have witnessed are wrong and cannot continue in our country," Mahomes said. "All I can think about is how I grew up in a locker room where people from every race, every background, and every community came together and became brothers to accomplish a single goal. 

"I hope that our country can learn from the injustices that we have witnessed to become more like the locker room where everyone is accepted. We all need to treat each other like brothers and sisters, and become something better."

Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory in February, while Wilson is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl following the 2013 season.  

Patrick Mahomes is not due to hit the free agent market until 2022, but Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt does not have any intention of allowing that to happen.

The Chiefs exercised Mahomes' fifth-year option in April so he will not be eligible to become a free agent until 2022.

The 24-year-old is scheduled to make $2.7million this upcoming season as he enters the final original year of his four-year, $16.4m rookie contract.  

"The negotiations are something that we'll be getting into this summer," Hunt said on Thursday while participating in a Facebook Live event with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan.  

"But what he has said and what we've said, both sides is, he wants to be a Kansas City Chief for life, and that's our mentality as well. We want him to play his entire career in Kansas City, and that's what we're going to be shooting for."

Mahomes is the first quarterback in league history to win league and Super Bowl MVP honours before his 25th birthday.

He won the 2018 MVP in his first season as a starter and joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a single season.

Mahomes helped rally the Chiefs from double-digit deficits in each of their three playoff wins this past season, including a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in February.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will go into the 2020 NFL season rated among the favourites to win Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay.

Thursday's schedule release, which came after a dramatic free agency period and this year's draft, was another milestone ahead of the new campaign, which is currently scheduled to start in September.

If the Chiefs, led by 2018 league MVP and last year's Super Bowl MVP Mahomes, are to repeat as champions, their first task will be to reach the postseason, ideally with the number one seeding.

With the 16 regular-season games now set out, we have taken a look at the highlights from their schedule.


Playoff rematch and divisional battle to open season

The Chiefs will begin with a playoff rematch at home to the Houston Texans, a game which will also serve to open the NFL season.

It will be a repeat of the AFC divisional round of last season's playoffs, in which the Chiefs recovered from being 24-0 down to record a memorable 51-31 win, Mahomes throwing for five touchdowns.

Week 2 then sees the Chiefs travel to Los Angeles for an AFC West rivalry game against the Chargers, a team they have beaten in 11 of their last 12 meetings. 
 

Back-to-back against Ravens and Patriots

After those two entertaining matchups to start the season, things get even tougher for the Chiefs.

In Week 3 they will travel to play the Baltimore Ravens who, after going 14-2 in 2019 with quarterback Lamar Jackson being named MVP, are expected to provide the biggest competition in the AFC this year.

The Chiefs emerged triumphant with a 33-28 home win in the last meeting between the teams in September.

Then comes a home game against the New England Patriots, the last team to beat the Chiefs in the playoffs in the AFC Championship Game of the 2018 season.

It will be a different Pats outfit they face, though, following the departure of star QB Tom Brady.


Trips to Denver and Las Vegas

After that frantic start, the next stage of the season has fewer standout games and is highlighted by their other two divisional road trips.

In Week 7, KC face the Denver Broncos, looking for a 10th straight victory over their AFC West rivals, before two home games see them to their Week 10 bye.

After that, they travel to play the Raiders, now in Las Vegas rather than Oakland. The Chiefs scored 68 points in the teams' two games last season, winning both.
 

Mahomes vs Brady in Week 12

While the Week 4 game against New England is likely to see Mahomes come up against Jarrett Stidham, he should get another chance to face Brady as the Chiefs meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.

The Chiefs will hope it is not their last game of the season at Raymond James Stadium, which will host the Super Bowl in February 2021.

Since he was drafted in 2017, Mahomes has won two of the three regular-season meetings with Brady, but the six-time Super Bowl champion came out on top when the Pats won that memorable playoff clash at Arrowhead Stadium.

While he has previous with Brady, Mahomes is yet to face the Bucs in his NFL career.


Brees battle highlights final weeks

Another monumental game against a veteran QB hoping to lead his side to the Super Bowl comes in Week 15 when the Chiefs travel to play Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

This will be the first, and potentially only, career meeting between Brees and Mahomes, although the Saints should be in the postseason mix as the top NFC contenders along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Bucs.

The Chiefs will round out their season with home games against the Atlanta Falcons and then the Chargers that could be pivotal to deciding their final seeding for the playoffs.

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