Though Patrick Mahomes' injury and expected absence have taken some of the luster off Sunday night's showdown between the Packers and Chiefs, there is still plenty of potential for an offensive shootout as Aaron Rodgers comes to Arrowhead Stadium off one of the best performances of his career.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Mahomes suffered a dislocated patella in his right knee in the second quarter of Kansas City's 30–6 rout of Denver on Oct. 17. All things considered, the timeline for his potential return appears optimistic, to the point Chiefs coach Andy Reid had to tamp down talk about the reigning NFL MVP possibly even returning for Sunday's game.
Reid said Monday that the team would get backup quarterback Matt Moore ready for the game. This will mark his first start since 2017 while with Miami. Moore completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown vs. the Broncos, including a 57-yarder to Tyreek Hill that showed impressive touch from a quarterback who entered the game with just one pass attempt.
The offensive line could also be near or at full strength as left tackle Eric Fisher and left guard Andrew Wylie could be available. Fisher has missed the last five games with a groin injury, while Wylie has been sidelined the last two with a sprained ankle.
Still, replacing Mahomes is a tall order considering he has thrown for an NFL-leading 2,180 yards and shares the league lead with 15 touchdown passes. Kansas City is also third in the NFL in scoring at 28.9 points per game.
Rodgers is fifth with 13 TD passes, climbing the charts after throwing five of them in a 42–24 dismantling of the Raiders last Sunday. Rodgers also accounted for the sixth touchdown with his legs and threw for a season-high 429 yards, while becoming the first quarterback in the Packers storied history to record a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Green Bay (6–1) has won three straight games since its lone loss to Philadelphia, and the worries about Rodgers co-existing with first-year head coach Matt LaFleur have gone by the wayside, as the Packers have scored 21 or more points in each of the last six games.
Rodgers' performance was all the more impressive considering he was without his top receiver in Davante Adams. He has missed the last three games with a turf toe injury after piling up 25 receptions for 378 yards in the first four games.