Well, we will have to wait some more for a “State Farm Battle”. Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers have never faced off against each other and that streak will continue with the news of Rodgers testing positive for COVID and is out for Sunday’s game.
This is HUGE for the Chiefs. I was going to pick the Packers in this game because let’s face it, the Chiefs aren’t playing on the same level as the Packers. But with Rodgers out and Jordan Love starting his first game, I think the Chiefs might be able to pull off a win. And sportsbook apps agree, with the betting line dramatically changing to favor the Chiefs even more, according to NFL odds at sportsbooks.
Even though the Chiefs beat the Giants on Monday night, it wasn’t pretty and they still aren’t playing up to their potential. Of course, each week I do have a glimmer of hope that the Chiefs will start playing like we all expect them to. Two things are for sure, they will need to stop the turnovers and lay off the penalties if they want a W over the Packers.
Chiefs Game Preview (4-4)
The Chiefs last played the Packers in Week 8 of the 2019 season. But Patrick Mahomes didn’t play that game due to a knee injury. So, we were all hoping that it would be the first time Mahomes would play Rodgers, but that won’t be the case.
Kansas City’s offense usually doesn’t worry me. But they had a pretty bad night on Monday. From Mahomes throwing an interception to overthrowing balls to Travis Kelce fumbling and receivers tipping the ball, it was a miracle the Chiefs pulled off the win. Surprisingly, the defense actually stepped up when it mattered and had three sacks on the night.
Unfortunately, it is the offensive line that still hasn’t improved. The Chiefs revamped the entire O-line in the off-season and it hasn’t done much good, with Mahomes not having much time to do anything. Which I think is what is causing him to make stupid mistakes.
The other issues…the team’s penalties and turnovers. The Chiefs racked up 12 penalties for 103 yards against the Giants. As for the turnovers, they already have 19 this season. They had a total of 16 in 2020.
With a 4-4 record, the Chiefs are fighting to make it to the playoffs this year. The bad news? They have the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL. Starting with Green Bay in Week 9.
But this just might be the game the Chiefs need to win and light a fire to get things going for the rest of the season.
Packers Game Preview (7-1)
Green Bay is coming off a dramatic win on Thursday Night Football after beating the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. They still pulled off the win even without Davante Adams due to COVID. But Adams is expected to be back and that means trouble for the Chiefs’ defense.
However, with Rodgers now out because of COVID and backup Jordan Love starting, the Kansas City defense has a chance to take advantage of a new quarterback. Tight end Robert Tonyan is also out with a season-ending injury. However, the Chiefs’ defense will still need to figure out a way to stop Davate Adams, Aaron Jones, and Randall Cobb.
As for Green Bay’s defense, we can expect them to bring pressure to Mahomes. Green Bay was able to get two sacks against the Cardinals. But they consistently brought pressure to the quarterback all game. On top of that, the defense came up with two interceptions, more bad news for the Chiefs and Mahomes. (Mahomes has thrown a total of ten interceptions in the last seven games. He only had six interceptions the entire 2020 season.)