A Sunday Night Showdown
By Garrett Ruggieri 10/08/2018
The quarterback play in the NFL has never been better. Over the past decade, fans have been spoiled with top-notch performances from some of the games all-time talents including Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and of course, five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. All of these players have put up eye-popping numbers over their careers, put up wins galore and have all won Super Bowls. Having a franchise quarterback in this age of football where the rules favor the offense is vital to the success of an organization. An elite quarterback makes you an immediate contender.
In recent drafts, we have seen some young talent emerge in the league and bring in a breath of fresh air. As the previously mentioned superstars age, young guns like Carson Wentz, Mitchell Trubisky, and rookie Baker Mayfield are ready to take the QB baton. Perhaps none is more electrifying than Kansas City Chiefs second year signal caller, Patrick Mahomes. He has exploded out of the gate to start this season, throwing 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Chiefs to an undefeated record.
That’s what makes this Sunday’s prime-time battle between the Patriots and Chiefs so fascinating. It will Brady versus Mahomes, the King of the AFC will try and fend-off the rising prince. This game has all the makings of a timeless classic. The Patriots have recently found their stride while Mahomes and the Chiefs have fought through adversity and taken out a pair of the league’s best defenses the past two weeks to remain one of only two undefeated teams left in the league at 5-0. Bill Belichick has an impressive record against rookie quarterbacks visiting Foxborough, having won all 8 meetings against the young QB’s. Mahomes is not technically a rookie because he sat behind Alex Smith. Plus, Mahomes has not looked like a first-year player, but Bill Belichick and his well-rested defense will be looking to take advantage of his limited experience.
Besides the quarterbacks, these are still the two of the better teams in the AFC, so regardless of outcome, this may not be the last time these teams meet this season.