With Mahomes, Chiefs Expect Better Playoff Results

Andy Reid has struggled to win postseason games in Kansas City, but with Patrick Mahomes at the helm, there's reason for optimism

December 12, 2018 - 8:52 am

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Andy Reid has led the Kansas City Chiefs to double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons, including this season. In the four previous seasons, however, the Chiefs bowed out early in the playoffs, losing twice in the Wild Card and twice in the divisional round.

Will things be different this season?

“If things are going to be different, I think the main reason people would point to is Patrick Mahomes having the ball in his hands – the fact that he’s not afraid to make plays,” Kansas City Star Chiefs reporter Lynn Worthy said on Ferrall on the Bench. “When things break down and you need a guy to make plays, you can’t just rely on the offense. You can't just rely on things going according to plan. He has that knack for making things work out and finding a way. So if things go differently – and I think there’s probably a good amount of folks around the Kansas City area who believe they will – I think the No. 1 reason on that list is going to be Patrick Mahomes and what you’ve seen from him so far.”

Mahomes has been otherworldly this season with 4,300 passing yards and 45 touchdowns (43 passing, two rushing). But he could be without Tyreek Hill – and Spencer Ware – in a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Chargers (10-3) on Thursday.

“Hill, because of his speed, because he makes the defense have to make tough choices, I don’t think the offense would stop completely,” Worthy said. “You still have the matchup problem that is Travis Kelce. But that first game of the season (against the Chargers), he had 169 yards receiving, two touchdowns, the punt return for the touchdown – so he’s a big-play guy. He’s a speed guy. If you leave him one-on-one, you’re rolling the dice in a big way, and he makes openings for other people because of the way you have to cover him. 

“It’s still a little tough to see how they would look,” Worthy continued. “They’d have to probably do some things differently. I don’t think they would all of a sudden get conservative, but it would definitely be a different offense.”

The Chiefs, of course, already lost Kareem Hunt, who was cut Nov. 30 after a video surfaced of him assaulting a woman.

“I think it was what they had to do,” Worthy said. “There’s no justifying that. I guess if they felt like they could help him or do some sort of redeeming, then maybe they make a case for it. But for a team that obviously had stood by him and been the one that drafted him, scouted him, all those sorts of things – to cut ties with him, I think it was a pretty definitive statement. They weren't going to have that.”