Ahead of the Vikings Clash, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce Opens Up on Putting Patrick Mahomes ‘In a Tough Spot’

Published 10/08/2023, 12:38 AM EDT

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The Kansas City Chiefs are currently riding high as one of the top dogs in the NFL this season, and there’s no denying it. With their sights set on a historic third consecutive Super Bowl win, they’re proving why they’re the reigning champs. Their scoreboard? Oh, it’s singing the sweet tune of 3-1 as we hit week 5, and it’s clear they’re in the driver’s seat. However, this season hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Chiefs. The most memorable stumble had to be their epic clash with the New York Jets

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At halftime, it was like QB Aaron Rodgers pulled out some halftime magic that left everyone, including Taylor Swift and her Hollywood crew, rubbing their eyes in disbelief. It was like watching a movie where the landscape suddenly changes. In the third quarter, the Jets were in turbo mode, grinding it out to level the playing field. And the Chiefs? Well, they weren’t quite the shining stars we’re used to seeing. It was a reminder that even the mighty can have their off days.

Syncing up or dropping the ball? Travis Kelce spills the beans

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Yep, you read that right. The Kansas City Chiefs looked like they were on a runaway train headed for a blowout against the struggling New York Jets. Even the dynamic QB-TE duo, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were tossing interceptions like it was a game of catch. Fast forward to week 5, and the Chiefs are strapping up their helmets, ready to go to war against the Minnesota Vikings. Before the showdown, Head Coach Andy Reid and some of the players huddled up with the media. They dished on their last performance, the playbook tweaks they’ve made, and how they felt about that last dance on the field.

When the question of Mahomes and Kelce not quite syncing up on some plays came up, Kelce didn’t miss a beat. He said, “There was a few plays, you know… we’re still trying to figure things out and trying to make the best decision…it’s one thing when it goes right… it’s non-stop playing chess with the guys across from you. You just got to make sure you’re not putting Pat in a tough spot like I did.

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 Whew! Kelce’s got Mahomes’ back all the way to the end zone, no doubt about it!

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Chiefs not playing fair? Tyreek Hill weighs in

Well, it seems like Travis Kelce might need to step up to be the ultimate team player for the Chiefs. Former Chiefs’ speedster, Tyreek Hill, didn’t mince words when he pointed the finger at the referees, accusing them of giving the Chiefs a helping hand. That timely timeout they scored in their face-off with the Jets? Hill said it felt about as fair as a touchdown pass in double coverage.

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Tyreek Hill even threw shade back to last year’s Super Bowl, where a controversial call had everyone talking. That call, which handed the Chiefs the W against the Philadelphia Eagles, left a sour taste in many mouths. Hill’s got his detective hat on, speculating that maybe, just maybe, Taylor Swift’s presence in the stadium packed some star-powered influence that swayed the refs. After all, she’s got a fan following that could fill a stadium! 

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Jhelum Mehta is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports who seamlessly intertwines her fervor for sports with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Graduating with honors, her writing reflects a unique fusion of literary acumen and astute sports analysis. Her journey as a wordsmith began after completing her studies, where she embarked on a path to articulate the dynamic world of the NFL.
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