This Thursday, September 10, the regular phase of the 2020-2021 season of the NFL with the meeting between Chiefs and Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The teams were measured against a small crowd of some 16,000 spectators. Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City in their first win of the season, in which they will seek revalidation and their third championship ring. The match ended 34-20 in favor of the defending champions.
Finally the break of more than 7 months of the NFL. The championship returns after that distant Super Bowl LIV played in Miami on February 2. Expectations are high despite the conditions that the pandemic brings for this regular phase. The Chiefs They are one of those teams that have the privilege of having part of the fans in their stadium. Arrowhead Stadium had a capacity close to 22% of its capacity.
New season and same Mahomes. The quarterback of the Chiefs he was brilliant in the first game of this regular phase, being the offensive head of Kansas City in this return to the field. The MVP of the last Super Bowl commanded a total advance of 211 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Without a doubt, the recently signed contract (historic in world sport) has not weighed the quarterback.
Great night for the rookie
Despite Patrick Mahomes’ astonishing performance, the most striking player of the match was Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The rookie, the only running back chosen in the first round of the draft, completed 138 yards with a touchdown on 25 carries during Game 1. The player promises to be a great ally for the star quarterback in the fight for the revalidation of the title of the NFL in this new race for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Is it the start of a spectacular new season for the Chiefs?
The predictions pointed to a clear victory for the Chiefs on the Texans this September 10 and it was. However, this does not seem to be a measure of what the defending champions will perform in this regular phase, as their next matches can be. Those led by Andy Reid must visit the Los Angeles Chargers and host the powerful Baltimora Ravens in the near future. If they do not show enough resistance to contain Mahomes, a regular phase could be expected in which the champions walk through to the Playoffs.