The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders on Sunday to improve to 8-4 on the season. With a win against the New England Patriots next week and a Raiders loss to the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City will clinch its fourth straight division title.
With next week’s Chiefs-Patriots matchup being a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game, media members were already asking the Chiefs about it in the locker room after the win Sunday night.
QB Patrick Mahomes
“As far as it looks, you have to go there and win at some point. For us it’s about playing a really good football team in an environment where they win a lot of football games and go out there and try to find a way to win. It’s been a thing where we came close last year and when Alex (Smith) was here we got to go there and get the win. The guys on the team know how to it’s just about finding the best way to do it.”
S Tyrann Mathieu
“I like our chances. I think this week of practice really will be about assignment discipline and technique discipline. That’s what the Patriots are going to do. They are going to run the ball. They are going to throw screens. They are going to wait for you to get out of a gap. They are going to wait for a deep safety to not be deep. It starts with me this week in practice, just getting the guys ready, setting the tempo early in the week and letting them know that we have a big game this week.”
DL Chris Jones
“We know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will have an excellent game plan. We know what we are against and you’ve got to have preparation. Preparation is the key to those guys. You have to prepare better than them.”
S Juan Thornhill
“We are taking it one step at a time. They say it doesn’t mean anything but every game means something. You are always going out there and try to win. You never let up for anybody. We are definitely going to go out there and play our best game.”
WR Mecole Hardman
“We just have to carry the momentum from this game over to next week. It was a division opponent. We went up in the division, which is great. One of our goals is to win our division and then get to the playoffs. There is a bigger goal from that. We just want to keep this momentum and keep the train rolling into next weekend.”