Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kansas City needed a win over the Raiders to go top in the AFC West. Thanks to rout, they had NFL Twitter declaring the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes “back.”
The Chiefs have been all out of sorts this season. The defense has been vulnerable. The offense has looked stale. Patrick Mahomes has seemed human.
So the NFL should maybe be a bit nervous about what they did to the Raiders on Sunday night. They looked more like their old, dominant selves than they have all year.
By the time the 41-14 blowout was complete, Kansas City was sitting on top of the AFC West and NFL Twitter was ready to make some declarations about the team.
NFL Twitter thinks the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are “back”
Are the Chiefs “back?” It sure felt like it as the offense clicked and the defense, particularly the defensive front, came to play.
On a day where several players/teams were “back,” it’s the Chiefs like look like they’re the most back of all
— FantasyPros (@FantasyPros) November 15, 2021
I was wondering if Texas or the Chiefs would be back first…
— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) November 15, 2021
You know how I know the Chiefs are back? Daniel Sorensen interception, Rashad Fenton TD-saving strip, Byron Pringle TD, Noah Gray TD, Darrel Williams 100 yards receiving+TD. The role players are OUT HERE.
— Joshua Brisco (@jbbrisco) November 15, 2021
The #Chiefs were 3-4 and last place in the AFC West after 7 weeks.
Today, just 3 weeks later, they’ll be the only AFC West team with 6 wins and are firmly leading the division.
Simply put, #ChiefsKingdom is back!
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) November 15, 2021
Are the Chiefs back….or are the Raiders back?
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 15, 2021
Is Mahomes “back?” Just ask his five touchdowns and 406 yards.
You know that 1990’s movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” which also explains how old I’m getting…
Well tonight’s #NFL Sunday Night Football game should be called “How Patrick Mahomes Got His Groove Back”
— Ian Cameron (@bobano) November 15, 2021
Not surprised by what we are seeing tonight. Chiefs are just going back to the basics especially Mahomes. Knew they’d get it figured out at some point because there just too good not too!
BTW, the D, is improving as well! 👊🏽#chiefs #chiefskingdom https://t.co/uAQdWWkkge
— JJ Birden (@jjbirden) November 15, 2021
In college football, teams like Texas and USC are often declared “back” prematurely. So the whole “back” meme often doesn’t end well.
The difference is the Chiefs have been one of the best teams in the NFL for years. They aren’t coming back from years of futility. They’re coming back from a couple of rough months.
Andy Reid and his team control where they go from here. The real test is waiting just around the corner. The Raiders are no cakewalk at Allegiant Stadium but they’re also not a real contender. The Cowboys are.
The Chiefs will host them at Arrowhead next weekend in a showdown between Mahomes and Dak Prescott. Then the whole “back” question will truly be answered.