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January 12, 2020

Patrick Mahomes is going to remind everyone how special he is and outduel Deshaun Watson in this one.

OK, so technically these two won't ever be on the field at the same time except maybe for the coin toss. Mahomes with 4,031 yards for the season (10th in the NFL) is just slightly ahead of Watson with 3,852 (13th in the NFL).

The contractual negotiations are about leverage, and you can not get a much greater advantage than Mahomes already has with an MVP under his belt at 24 years. Watson has continued to look like the victor he was in college and pulled out a remarkable comeback last week against the Bills.

Had the Buffalo Bills been more clinical on offense last week, I'd be writing about the Bills versus Chiefs today. The Texans know Mathieu only too well after leaving the team last season, and he will play against his former team with a big chip on his shoulder. They also upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium earlier this year, claiming a 31-24 decision in October thanks in part to a three-touchdown day from No. 4.

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The Seahawks' matchup against the Green Bay Packers promises to be an energy-packed game as both teams are high profile.

In just two years as a starter, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has established himself as arguably the best passer in the game. "So it's definitely dope", Watson said. Two gaudy records - but is either team great? Sans Fuller, who missed last week's wild-card win, the Texans' offense is much different.

While reflecting on his future, Mahomes will want to stay in Kansas City with an offensive-minded coach at Andy Reid, who at 61 should remain in his position for many more years. "You have to do it during the season".

The regular-season meeting with the Chiefs isn't the only game that shows us this. If Watson is able to avoid pressure from the Chiefs' first four players, it is likely due to his ability to put short games on the offensive and gradually wear them down. The Titans routed the Ravens and while I don't expect the Texans to do the same to the Chiefs at Arrowhead this afternoon, I do expect Houston to keep the game close. One thing that works against them is the fact that no team in National Football League history has ever defeated the Chiefs in Arrowhead twice in the same season, but there's a premiere for everything. 52 percent of bettors like the Chiefs to cover the big number. That lone win came previous year in the divisional round when they beat the Colts to snap a six-game home losing streak in the postseason. For his efforts, he was named NFL MVP and led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game.

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