Travis Kelce Closely Scrutinized As Patrick Mahomes & Chiefs TE’s Below Par NFL Outings Affect Their A-Game

Published 11/08/2023, 9:13 AM EST

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Travis Kelce’s blazing a trail to gridiron greatness, creating a storm of skill that’s leaving opponents spinning like cyclones in his wake. The Chiefs’ top-tier tight end cemented his legendary status, achieving an iconic milestone for the Kansas City Chiefs in an international showdown. Surpassing Tony Gonzalez by a mere whisker, Kelce etched his name in Chiefs’ lore, boasting a monumental 10,491 receiving yards at Germany’s Frankfurt Stadium during a Sunday Prime Time Football fiesta.

Even though the Chiefs’ offensive fireworks didn’t sparkle as usual, their defense rose to the occasion, locking down a 21-14 victory in an epic clash against the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs now stand at 6-2, with a bye week up ahead. Despite the team’s overall success, Kelce’s performance has sparked debate alongside ongoing scrutiny of the Chiefs’ overall gameplay.

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Travis Kelce’s name is being tossed around in conversations about the greatest tight ends of all time, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Gronk and Tony Gonzalez. The future Hall of Famer status seems well within reach for Kelce. However, this season, both statistically and on the field, Kelce and the Chiefs’ offensive line seem to be putting up lackluster performances.


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Darren Woodsen aired his views on ‘ESPN’s NFL Live, highlighting the statistical underperformance of the Kansas City Chiefs this season. Trouble seems to be brewing, with Laura Rutledge also pointing out the Chiefs’ struggles, especially on the offensive front. Patrick Mahomes, often hailed as a maestro, is now throwing just 14% of his passes to wide receivers, marking the worst rating in the league.

According to Rutledge, the Chiefs are playing below-par NFL outings this season, especially in the offense. With Patrick Mahomes throwing just 14%  of his throws to wide receivers, becoming the worst rating in the league. And Woodsen seems to agree, “The offense is predicated on Travis Kelce, he is wide receiver number 1… who’s seeing a lot of double coverage, triple coverage and to expect a 34-year-old tight end… to routine beat double and triple coverage is not a great strategy. ” He continued, “I think the receivers need to step up. ” Clearly, Woodsen isn’t a fan of Travis Kelce and the Chiefs this season. And looks like Swifties agree with him too.

Travis Kelce trolled by Swifties after Dolphins showdown


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Travis Kelce has been catching heat from the swifties too. Despite a record-breaking performance, Taylor Swift fans weren’t exactly thrilled with Kelce’s display against the Dolphins and ended up playfully ribbing the tight end afterward. What sparked this banter? Well, recent buzz suggested Kelce performs twice as well when Taylor Swift graces the stadium. During the Chiefs’ intense showdown with the LA Chargers, CBS Sports added a dash of spice by comparing Kelce’s stats in games with and without Swift’s presence.

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Even though Taylor Swift wasn’t physically there during the Chiefs vs. Dolphins clash, her devoted Swifties made their presence known. Kelce racked up 3 catches and 14 yards in that match. However, he found himself on the receiving end of some lighthearted teasing from the Swifties. They indirectly poked fun at the notion that Kelce’s improved performance was just a coincidence during Taylor Swift’s appearance.


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Jhelum Mehta


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"If you stumble, make it part of the dance." While a little out of context from this quote, years back I stumbled across the vibrant dynamics of football, and its Red Army became part of my world. Since then, the Kansas City Chiefs have been the team I find therapeutic solace in.
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Anuj Jacob