The AFC West will be in the spotlight Thursday night as the Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) get ready to take on the Denver Broncos (1-4) at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. With each divisional game carrying immense weight in the race to the playoffs, this matchup emerges as a must-win for both teams.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Chiefs' safety Justin Reid voiced the team's confidence.
"There's a very high level of confidence that we built through training camp to right now," Reid shared. This sentiment resonates with their performance on the field, where belief in each other and the scheme has been evident. "It doesn't matter who you're playing; if you're not playing your best ball, anything could happen," Reid added, underlining the unpredictable nature of the game.
Despite the fact that the Chiefs boast one of the youngest defenses in the league, Reid believes their experience in the system plays to their advantage.
"We still have one of the youngest defenses in the league, but we have a year in the system," Reid said. "We're building off of that, not starting over, but continuing to elevate."
For quarterback Patrick Mahomes, past records take a back seat when divisional rivalries reignite.
"It doesn't matter what the records are," Mahomes said. "It's going to be a hard-fought battle, [and] both teams will give it everything they have."
Drawing attention to the heightened intensity of divisional games, Mahomes elaborated further.
"It's more physical – it's faster," said Mahomes, who went on to underscore the gravity of in-game decisions, pointing out that mistakes "mean more" in these matchups, and in true Mahomes style, he added a playful note about his game approach, jokingly saying, "If anyone wants to head to the end zone, I'm definitely looking that way."
The Chiefs and the Broncos are gearing up for an important Thursday night game, and while it's only Week 6, the implications for the AFC West loom large. As the two teams step onto the field, they're each fully aware of the implications a divisional win can carry. Both teams, understanding the stakes, are set to give it their all.