Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs Offensive Line Back to their Best in Preseason After Super Bowl Disappointment

Published 08/21/2021, 2:27 PM EDT
ST JOSEPH, MISSOURI – JULY 28: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands the ball off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 during training camp at Missouri Western State University on July 28, 2021 in St Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)


Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs started their 2020 NFL campaign as firm favourites to retain their Super Bowl title. The AFC West franchise put up a scintillating offensive display in 2019 to make their way to the Super Bowl LIV title. However, they failed to live up to expectations.

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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Chiefs looks for an open receiver during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Chiefs were once again dominant in 2020 as they made it to the playoffs. But they were thoroughly outplayed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl LV finale at the Raymond James Stadium. A strong display by Tom Brady, Antoine Winfield Jr, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Ndamukong Suh, confirmed that the Chiefs would not win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

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Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs O-Line find their mojo against the Cardinals

We’re just 3 weeks away from the 2021 NFL season and teams are working towards finding their best possible combination ahead of their respective opening fixtures. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs took on Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals in their second preseason game on Friday.

Most of the first-team starters, especially the offensive line, got extended minutes with the exception of Mahomes. The 2018 NFL MVP played most of the second quarter, completing 10 of 18 passes for 78 yards. His showing in the first half came to a conclusion after he threw an interception in the end zone on his third possession.

Mahomes guided the home team on two 15-play drives, one of which resulted in a field goal. WR Byron Pringle was his top target, catching three 3 pass attempts for 22 yards. Meanwhile, long-term teammate and good friend Mecole Hardman caught 2-of-6 for 19 yards.

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However, it was the Chiefs’ new-look offensive line that made headlines with a few dominant displays. They offered increased protection to backup QB Chad Henne who replaced Mahomes in the second half. Eventually, the Chiefs won by a 10-17 scoreline.

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The Chiefs kickstart their 2021 NFL campaign against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 12, while the Cardinals play Mike Vrabel-coached Tennessee Titans.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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