‘It’d Be Awesome’ – Patrick Mahomes Relishes the Opportunity of Taking on Aaron Rodgers in AFC West

Published 06/01/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) yells before the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers remains mum about his future with the Green Bay Packers. The 2020 NFL MVP is reportedly looking to move on to greener pastures following what is believed to be a fallout between him and the Packers management. 

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While the Packers front office has maintained that Rodgers is not going to be traded, multiple NFL franchises have been linked with a move for the QB. 

And among them are the AFC West’s Denver Broncos. The Broncos haven’t had much success with young gun Drew Lock as their starter. Lock, who enters his third season in the league has failed to live up to the standards expected from a Broncos starter. 

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With 16 touchdowns for 15 interceptions in 2020, Lock had an uninspiring QB rating of 48.8 last season. The Broncos of course have had success with bringing in a veteran QB in the past. 

Roping in NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in the twilight of his career proved to be one of the best decisions the franchise made in the recent past.    

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Winning the side their most recent Super Bowl in 2016, the Manning signing is held in regard by Broncos fans. With history having a habit of repeating itself, there’s a good chance the Broncos end up trading for Rodgers.  

Patrick Mahomes keen on facing Aaron Rodgers

In the scenario that Rodgers does get traded to the Broncos, he will have to take on division rivals Kansas City Chiefs twice a year. The Chiefs have dominated their division over the past couple of years thanks to the sensational Patrick Mahomes

So how does Mahomes feel about facing the three-time MVP twice a year? He recently addressed it during a charity golf tournament in Hawaii. 

“Obviously, it’d be awesome,” Mahomes said while talking to Bleacher Report. “To have that challenge . . . two times a year, every single year. It would be a great, great opportunity. I mean, he’s a heck of a football player.

The Chiefs are one of the most dominant teams in the NFL right now. With a young core led by Mahomes, they are expected to dominate the AFC West for the years to come.

Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

But he too knows having Rodgers in the same division will make things a bit more difficult.  

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“He’s been doing it for a long time that I’ve watched play and learned a lot from. But definitely if he came to the AFC West, it would make it a little tougher for us, but we’re up to the challenge.”

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Seeing an Aaron Rodgers-Patrick Mahomes showoff twice a year would a treat for NFL fans. While there’s a lot that needs to work out for this to be a reality, as things stand, it’s not the unlikeliest of scenarios. 

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Who would you have your money on if the two clash? And could the Broncos challenge for the AFC West title once again with Rodgers in the mix?   

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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