AFC Championship Could Be Passing Of The Torch

Patrick Mahomes besting Tom Brady in the AFC Championship would represent a "turning of the page," Ryan Wilson says

Taz and the Moose
January 16, 2019 - 11:32 am

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The Chiefs and Patriots will square off in the AFC Championship on Sunday, and fans could witness more than a Super Bowl berth for Kansas City; they could witness the passing of the torch from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes.

“I think that’s fair to say,” CBS Sports NFL analyst Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “He’s 41, Patrick Mahomes is 23 – two decades between them – and Mahomes is the way the NFL quarterback position is going. Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, even Russell Wilson sort of got things going in 2012. Mahomes is sort of the latest, greatest version of that. If he comes out and balls out against Bill Belichick the genius and Tom Brady the first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, absolutely that’s sort of the turning of the page. It’s like when Peyton Manning retired; we were looking for that next quarterback, and that next quarterback is apparently Patrick Mahomes.”

Brady got the better of Mahomes in Week 6, as the Patriots outlasted the Chiefs, 43-40. Brady is playing in his 13th AFC Championship, but that didn’t stop him for playing the underdog card after beating the Chargers this past weekend.

“I think it’s one of the things they’ve hung their hat on for the entire Bill Belichick era,”  Wilson said. “Don’t forget Rodney Harrison used to give these speeches back in the early 2000s about how ‘It’s us against the world. No one respects us.’ And we’re sitting there watching these teams win Super Bowl after Super Bowl, like, ‘What are you talking about Rodney?’ It’s just a matter of him self-motivating, and I’m sure Belichick feeds into it.”

Still, New England as the underdog? Really?

“I don’t know what Tom Brady was talking about after the game,” Wilson said. “The man is 41 years old, he’s playing like a Hall-of-Famer and he gets accolades each and every week because he deserves them. They didn’t play well the last month or so of the season. They had a rough stretch – and they’re still exactly where everybody expected them to be. And now the question is, what can the Chiefs do about it?”

The Patriots scored 41 points against the Chargers last week, while the Chiefs held the Colts to 13. Translation: something’s got to give.

“I don’t trust that Chiefs defense,” Wilson said. “They absolutely dominated the Colts. I don’t know where that came from. . . . Bill Belichick has time to scheme up against Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes isn’t going to be concerned about facing the Patriots again. The weather isn’t going to concern him. He’s going to do the same things he’s been able to do. I think if the defense is just average, (the Chiefs could win).”

Worth noting: the Patriots went 9-0 at home this year but are just 3-5 on the road.

“Look, the Steelers beat the Patriots,” Wilson said. “It’s not like (the Patriots) are suddenly a juggernaut again. They were just running the ball really successfully against a Chargers team that couldn’t stop it. I feel like they’re going to have to do a lot more interesting things, a lot more dynamic things, in order to go into Kansas City, where it’s tough to play, and beat the Chiefs when it’s five degrees.”