“They Accepted the Challenge”- Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Lauds His Defensive Teammates

Published 09/30/2020, 1:46 PM EDT
Sep 28, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) looks to throw as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon (99) defends during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Kansas City Chiefs could not have imagined a better start to their title defense in 2020. Patrick Mahomes and Co. have won their opening three games of the season.

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They started off with a convincing win over Houston Texans on opening day. They followed that up with a narrow 20-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

However, their win on Monday night over the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens was their biggest of the season. They looked to be in control right from the get-go, with Patrick Mahomes putting in a ‘class act’ of his own.

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But the 2018 NFL MVP award winner was quick to divert attention from himself and heap praise on his defensive teammates.

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Patrick Mahomes was the standout performer for the Chiefs on Monday night. The Texas-born athlete threw for 385 passing yards and registered five passing TDs against the Ravens.

However, Mahomes had some special words of recognition reserved for his team’s defensive department. “They accepted the challenge. Everyone talked about how they were going to run it down our throats the whole game,” Mahomes said.

Sep 10, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrate after a touchdown during the first half against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Even head coach, Andy Reid, echoed the same sentiment. Here’s what he said in the post-game presser. “The defense was bearing down against what I consider to be one of the best offensive teams in the league. That was something special.

“You naturally want to charge the quarterback, so keeping contain ends up being a huge thing. He’s faster than most of the guys on the field. He can go. To stay disciplined takes a lot,” Reid said.

Frank Clark takes a shot at Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens

A former Seattle Seahawks player, Frank Clark, joined the Chiefs in 2019. He was part of the side that won last year’s Super Bowl LIV title in Miami. Clark admits that the Ravens were favorites heading into this tie. However, he believes his teammates did enough to thwart the attacking prowess of the deadly Lamar Jackson.

He said, “Patience, you have to play with patience against a player so fast, so explosive and a guy who can make plays throwing and running the ball. I kind of took offense. We didn’t play as well as we could have. I feel like we got on them. And once we did, we didn’t let up.”

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The Chiefs are next scheduled to play Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots on Sunday at the Arrowhead Stadium. They will be keen to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2020 NFL season.

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The Chiefs are on track to make the Playoffs this year and also defend their Super Bowl title. And the trajectory that they’re on, it seems like they might just pull it off.

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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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