The Kansas City Chiefs got their offense back on track with a 41-10 win over the Chicago Bears that saw quarterback Patrick Mahomes deliver the closing shot long after the clock had reached all zeros. Asked by Scott Lewis of the Barber’s Chair Network after the game if it meant something more to him to beat the Bears, Mahomes was bluntly honest.
“I don’t know if it’s still on my mind,” Mahomes said via the team. “But I like beating them for sure.”
Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes: ‘I Like Beating’ Bears
Passing on Patrick Mahomes Continues to Haunt Bears
This is no misplaced sentiment, either. The Bears left Mahomes’ camp feeling as though he was their guy in 2017. Instead, former general manager Ryan Pace traded up to the No. 2 overall pick to select Mithell Trubisky, now of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mahomes, who went No. 10 overall, saw “hurt” by that and made sure to remind the Bears of their mistake in his first meeting against them – also a win – in 2019.
“They told him that they were going to draft him,” Mahomes’ father, Patrick Mahomes Sr. said on “Parkins and Spiegel”, per Michael Allerdyce of NBC Sports Chicago in January. “We thought he was going to be the third pick overall and go to Chicago. He had a great meeting when he went there and liked all the guys that were doing stuff there. He thought he was going to be a Bear.”
In the first meeting, Mahomes counted out the picks before him after scoring.
Fun fact: Patrick took his college number 5 and added 10 to it for his current number.
Wonder why 🤔 pic.twitter.com/reAFxsrFRa
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 23, 2019
Mahomes finished Sunday’s contest with 272 yards on 72.7% completion with three passing touchdowns. He did get rolled up on but stayed in the game for a bit before ceding command of the offense to Blaine Gabbert.
Patrick Mahomes Tried to Pump Up Justin Fields
The two-time MVP and Super Bowl champion offered some encouragement to his Bears counterpart, Justin Fields. Fields was at the center of some of the controversy surrounding the Bears in the week leading up to the game. He cited coaching as a potential reason for his feeling robotic on the field before saying he needed to get out of his own head.
Mahomes seemed to somewhat agree with Fields’ assessment, reminding the beleaguered quarterback to just “trust” himself.
“Trust your talent. Trust your instincts,” Mahomes said, per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk on September 21. “He’s here for a reason. He’s made a lot of big plays happen in the NFL and college, wherever he’s been.”
Nothing but respect pic.twitter.com/GtSvkPHZO9
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 24, 2023
Fields completed 50% of his passes for 99 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
The Chiefs’ defense recorded three sacks, five total hits on the quarterback, deflected three passes, and forced a fumble by Bears running back Khalil Herbert.
Patrick Mahomes: Offense ‘Moving in Right Direction’
Kansas City’s 41 points is their most since Week 7 of last season on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. It is their most at home in Arrowhead Stadium since Week 14 of the 2021 season against the Las Vegas Raiders.
“It always feels good to kind of get the whole offense going,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, the first two weeks, we’ve just kind of have been out of rhythm. We haven’t kind of got drives and sustained drives going. And so just to not have those killer penalties, and to kind of get the offenses going in the right direction. And then all that other stuff kind of comes with it.”
Whole lotta wins for Big Red, and he ain't done yet.
Congratulations, Coach! 👏 pic.twitter.com/suiPUox6ui
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 25, 2023
The Chiefs will visit the 1-2 New York Jets in Week 4.
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