Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 100% and ready to go after a toe injury defined the latter part of his 2020 campaign.
In no way does this take away from what Mahomes has been able to do in his first three seasons as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s posted a 38-8 regular season record, has won two consecutive AFC titles and led the Chiefs to a comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Looking forward to the 2021 NFL season, Mahomes now has his sights set on one thing. That includes perfection. Literally.
“The only record I have my eyes set on breaking, which would be new this year, would be going 20-0,” Mahomes told Bleacher Report recently. “It’s not really a record to be broken I guess you would say—19-0 is the record right now—so being able to go 20-0 and being the first one to do that, that would be awesome.”
Technically, no team has gone 19-0. The 2007 New England Patriots posted a perfect 16-0 regular-season record before falling in upset fashion to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Back in 1972, the Miami Dolphins went a perfect 17-0, playoffs included. But we get what Mahomes is stepping in here.
Can Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs go undefeated?
If we were to bet on any team, it would certainly be these Chiefs. After Patrick Mahomes found himself battered and bruised in the aforementioned loss to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, Kansas City general manager Brett Veach sought to upgrade an injury-plagued offensive line.
Kansas City signed one of the best guards in the NFL, Joe Thuney, away from the conference rival New England Patriots in free agency. It then pulled off a blockbuster trade for two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. with the Baltimore Ravens.
These two additions should make one of the game’s most-prolific offenses even better. Add in the presence of second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire as well as pass-catchers Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, and this unit is going to be nearly unstoppable.
Kansas City is tied for the 11th-most difficult schedule in the NFL heading into the 2021 season. It has seven games against playoff teams from a season ago.
If the Chiefs can come out of the first month of the season with an unblemished record, this might be something to pay attention to. That first month includes games against the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.
Who knows? Perhaps, Patrick Mahomes is on to something here.