Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are motivated to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders.
NFL Super Bowl champions the Chiefs will meet the Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday, having lost at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5.
That defeat remains the only blemish on Kansas City’s season to date, with AFC West leaders the Chiefs boasting an 8-1 record.
Previewing the upcoming showdown, Chiefs star Mahomes said on Wednesday: “Any time you lose to anyone, the next time you play them you want to win the football game.
“We’ll be ready to go, I promise you that … We don’t like losing to teams twice, so we’ll have the right mindset.”
We’ll let our play do the talking. pic.twitter.com/yb5wVqnVVR
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 17, 2020
The Chiefs were upstaged 40-32 by the Raiders in October – a result which saw the Las Vegas visitors take a victory lap of sorts outside Arrowhead post-game.
Mahomes was 22-of-43 passing for 340 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Raiders, while he also rushed for a TD.
Kansas City have since topped the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.
“If you’re not ready to go in this game, playing a divisional opponent, playing against a good football team and you know it’s going to mean a lot going toward the AFC West standings, then you’re not in the right sport,” Chiefs quarterback Mahomes said.
“For me, it’s just as important as any other game in the division, no matter if they took a victory lap or not.”
Mahomes, who has 220 completions from 329 attempts for 2,687 yards, 25 touchdowns and just one interception, added: “They came out and won the football game.
“We’ll have to do a better job of that this time and know that we’re playing against a good opponent and know that we’re going to have to give it our best shot if we’re going to come out with a win.”
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 18, 2020
Only Josh Allen (2,871), Russell Wilson (2,789), Matt Ryan (2,746) and Tom Brady (2,739) have more passing yards than Mahomes this season, while the Chiefs QB is third for touchdowns.
The Raiders (6-3), meanwhile, have placed seven more players on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the Chiefs clash.
The Raiders now have 11 players on the list, including Johnathan Abram, Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Kendal Vickers, Arden Key, Isaiah Johnson and David Irving.