The Kansas City Chiefs finished a tumultuous regular season with an impressive 12-4 record, good for the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is finally healthy after suffering multiple injuries throughout the year, which is a great sign. Head coach Andy Reid is gearing up for another possible trip to the Super Bowl, where he has yet to win a game. He’s got as good of a chance as ever, though.
This Chiefs offense put their talent on full display last week against the Houston Texans. After falling behind 24-0, Kansas City outscored Houston 51-7. When the entire unit is clicking on all cylinders, there aren’t many opposing teams can do to stop the bleeding. Travis Kelce was a huge part of that success, as his 10 receptions for 134 yards and a trio of touchdowns fueled the comeback.
Here are some bold predictions for the All-Pro tight end ahead of this Sunday’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
3. At least one rushing attempt
Reid always seems to have a trick play or two in his arsenal. He pulls them out of the back of the playbook when opposing teams least expect it, and one was drawn up for Kelce earlier this year. Taking a carry for four yards and a touchdown on a direct snap with a ton of traffic surrounding him:
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 8, 2019
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Reid have something similar up his sleeve against Tennessee. Their defense is no slouch, and KC will have to pull out all possible stops in order to win. A running attempt for Kelce may be just what the doctor ordered.
2. A second-straight 100-yard game
Kelce and Mahomes were in sync last weekend, with Mahomes literally reading his mind at times. Having the best quarterback in the league at his disposal, Kelce started off the Houston game with a dropped pass. Once the team rallied around each other, he was unstoppable. With so much attention placed on Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and even Mecole Hardman against the Tennessee secondary, doubling Kelce would be pretty difficult.
He should have another big game. Kelce isn’t 100 percent healthy, but next to no one is at this point in the season. Mahomes’ security blanket will get his usual 10-yard gains. Where he’s the most dangerous, though, is in the YAC (yards after catch) category. Look for Kelce to rack up a lot of those yards on Sunday.
1. Another postseason receiving touchdown
After hauling in three touchdowns last week, it would make sense for the Chiefs to keep this momentum going by making Kelce a huge part of this week’s game plan. Even if he doesn’t go off in the traditional sense, seeing Tennessee holding him out of the end zone doesn’t seem all that likely. Whether it’s a short-yardage dump off or a 40-yard bomb, Travis Kelce should find his way into the end zone this Sunday.