Patrick Mahomes might be labeled Most Valuable Player once again. But the proof may come in a way his Kansas City Chiefs never wanted to think about it.
Mahomes' injury situation from Thursday night in Denver has been labeled a "best-case scenario", but the star quarterback is still expected to miss at least three games as the league heads in Sunday's Week 7 action.
Obviously, Mahomes' health is of the utmost concern. But while he heals, life must nonetheless go on at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs were able to band together to beat up the lowly Broncos after Mahomes' forced departure, but the slate doesn't get much easier from here on out.
Interconference matchups against Green Bay and Minnesota (the former a Sunday night game) precede a visit to Tennessee. Dangerous division matchups could coincide with Mahomes' return, but the present bears much bated breath. The Chiefs were generally competitive in the new century prior to Mahomes' arrival under Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, and Trent Green, but there was denying the levels the newcomer raised them to. Their ill-fated conference championship game from last season was their first such trek since 1993.
Veteran Matt Moore is expected to be the temporary solution, a job he previously filled in Carolina and Miami. From a backup quarterback standpoint, Moore is fairly close to ideal when it comes to a brief option. He's had success as a starter before, and even partook in a playoff game in 2016. But, to ensure this player, any player's, perfect health, the last thing you can do is rush him back. Thus, Kansas City may be tempted to view several contingency plans.
Enter Josh Rosen.