By Fred Liggett,
Showtime is often mentioned as a word to describe Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. Thanks to the Chiefs strong start to the 2018 season Mahomes and his teammates are playing under the bright lights of national television almost every week.
This week’s Chiefs home game against the Cincinnati Bengals was supposed to be just another 12 noon start but NBC used their TV contract to “Flex” the game to become NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America game. Before last week’s games the Chiefs and Bengals were a combined 9-1 on the season making this match up a must see show in prime time.
Both the Chiefs and Bengals are enjoying life in first place as they prepare to play this game at its new kickoff time of 7:20 p.m. Despite last week’s last second loss at New England the Chiefs remain in first place of the AFC West division with a 5-1 mark. The Bengals frustrating last second loss to rival Pittsburgh dropped them to 4-2 but remain in first place in the AFC North division.
NBC along with Chiefs and Bengals fans all know this battle between two first place teams has playoff implications down the road. The Chiefs already have key AFC wins over Pittsburgh and Jacksonville and can gain another one with a win over Cincinnati. The Chiefs lead the series 15-13 over the Bengals in addition to a 3-2 mark at Arrowhead. Waiting all day Sunday to play in prime time has not bothered the Chiefs much as their 7-3 record indicates.
The Chiefs for this version of the Chiefs/Bengals series will benefit from the signing of ex-Chiefs OL Jeff Allen to provide aid to the Chiefs injury woes at that position. On Wednesday this week the Chiefs saw the return to the practice field of LB Tanoh Kpassagnon and SS Eric Murray. With these players back on the field and the Chiefs back at Arrowhead Stadium I sense another KC Chiefs victory on a Sunday night.
That’s What I REID Into It for this week.