After a sluggish 3-4 start to the season, the Kansas City Chiefs have now turned their campaign around thanks to their five-game winning streak.
The losing start to the campaign for the Chiefs sure came as a surprise to many, as they entered the season as a heavy favorite in the AFC. But after five straight wins to move back to the top spot in the AFC West standings, the narratives regarding a possible down year for the Chiefs have gradually been silenced.
Overall, Mahomes sees that it has been a collective effort from the team that has contributed to this turnaround, which he opened up about during a press conference ahead of Kansas City's Week 14 home matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Yeah, I mean we got a lot of guys, a lot of leaders who know how to deal with adversity, they know how to go throughout the process, and I think a lot of guys just know how to win football games,” Mahomes said. “You’ve seen it, people have talked about it, we’re not winning the same way as we’ve always won, but it takes a lot of leaders to win the football game no matter how it’s played.
“Just to be able to have the defense step up the way they’ve been playing, the offense making drives whenever they need to, to win football games shows the guys we have in this locker room.”
Even as the offense has not been orchestrating all-around keen performances on a weekly basis as in seasons past, the final score is all that matters to the one-time NFL MVP winner.
“I feel like we’re focused,” Mahomes said. “I mean, we’ve won five in a row. We might not be playing the best that we thought we played offensively, but as a team, we're coming together as a team and winning football games. For us, we know we can get a lot better.
“Hopefully we can continue to build and get better as the season goes on.”
The Chiefs will not only have a golden opportunity to open up a six-game winning streak with a possible victory over the Raiders, but they could move up in the AFC playoff picture pending several other results in Week 14.