Chiefs news for 24 September 2020
Harrison Butker made history on Sunday with a pair of 58-yard field goals – the latter of which won the game in overtime for the Kansas City Chiefs – and his efforts are being rewarded with some hardware.
Butker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday following his stellar performance, which saw him match the franchise record for field goal distance not once, but twice. Only Nick Lowery, who connected from exactly 58 yards twice in his career, had ever hit from that distance in a Chiefs’ uniform prior to Butker’s efforts on Sunday.
[No.1] Even when a defense does a good job against the Chiefs, their offense is almost impossible to contain for an entire game, as they showed repeatedly throughout their Super Bowl championship run. The Chargers became the latest group to gain bitter firsthand experience of this on Sunday, when Kansas City’s quick-strike attack vaporized an L.A. lead that had lasted three-plus quarters. Go ahead, go up on this team — and live in constant fear that Mahomes will simply unleash a 54-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill seemingly at will, or convert on third-and-20 with less than a minute to go by scrambling for the first down by himself. When you take into account Mahomes’ playmaking ability through the air and on the ground, along with the explosive potential of his supporting cast, it’s clear this offense can only be counted out after the clock ticks all the way down to zero.
“When Patrick Mahomes steps onto the football field, all eyes are drawn to him. It’s not just that his combination of athleticism, creativity and vision is fun to watch. What his play really showcases is his love of the game and the commitment he’s made to his teammates and coaches, and it’s clear that is the true foundation of his success.
That joy and loyalty drive his work ethic and the hours of practice and studying he puts in to be the best he can be. It drives his ability to stay calm, steady and focused when challenges arise, whether in the middle of the biggest game or over the course of a long season. And most important, it drives his competitive fire and strong leadership qualities, which just continue to grow.” – Derek Jeter
“They’re two different people, I mean, they’re different. We’re all different,” Reid said, before explaining exactly what they have in common. “These guys, they think alike. When that football is in their hand, it’s the same thought process. They both have phenomenal vision, just like fighter-pilot vision, they see everything, and then they’re going to rip your heart out, man. I mean, every throw they’re going to try and gut you.”
[No.3] In terms of acrobatic throwing abilities, Mahomes is still the undisputed top dog. And if he had played two shootouts to start the year, we might be considering him at No. 2. But this shouldn’t be a slight against him. He’s great. He’s a threat to unleash a game-winning throw whenever he takes the field. Chiefs fans should be confident every week so long as he’s healthy.
I think most people would point to the game I had two interceptions. If not that, most would point to the fumble recovery I had on Monday Night Football. Most people remember those moments. For me, those were great and fun, but what I miss and what you look at when you think back to your playing days is the relationships you had with the guys. It’s ice cream the night before a game in the hotel. It’s the conversations and ways you invest in your teammates and their families. That type of stuff is special. I don’t know if there’s a moment that I’m most proud of. Those two highlights made me feel valued in the city, no doubt. It’s like, ‘Okay, these people have taken a liking to me. I’ve earned their love for something weird like that.’