Chiefs wary of Patriots adopting underdog mentality
The New England Patriots enter Sunday’s AFC Championship Game showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs as postseason underdogs, certainly unfamiliar territory for the team.
While the Patriots appear to be embracing an underdog mentality — see Tom Brady’s “everyone thinks we suck” comments and Julian Edelman’s “Bet Against Us” t-shirts (below) as evidence — the Chiefs are not about to get caught up in all the noise.
#BetAgainstUs pic.twitter.com/IzqVxVV7PP— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) January 16, 2019
Heading into Sunday’s game, the Chiefs currently sit as three-point favorites, and the team — from head coach Andy Reid to leaders like Travis Kelce and Justin Houston — are not about to allow overconfidence to seep in, especially against such an accomplished squad the dynastic Patriots are bringing to Arrowhead Stadium.
Footage of the Chiefs downplaying Patriots’ underdog role, as compiled by KCTV-5’s Tom Martin, follows.
the Chiefs respond to the proven fact that the Patriots now suck as they prepare for their eighth straight AFC championship game built on a track record absolutely sucking pic.twitter.com/fTRzidn4iE— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 16, 2019
“I don’t think they suck,” Kelce said of the Patriots, as transcribed by Arrowhead Pride. “I can tell you that.”
“I just think he’s just trying to get himself and everybody else over there fired up,” Houston said of Brady’s comments. “Everybody knows the Patriots, this is I think their eighth year making it to the AFC Championship, so I think it’s something for himself and the Patriots.”
“I think that probably in that building they’re just going and doing their thing,” Reid observed. “They’re pretty good. This is like their eighth one in a row, so with all this disrespect, they’re pretty dang good.”
Sunday’s AFC title game of course has no shortage of intriguing storylines, including frigid weather and “super blood wolf moon” lunar eclipses, not to mention how Brady enters the game sporting a losing record in road playoff games.
The rhetoric being espoused this week by both the Patriots and Chiefs is just that: talk. Either way, the game has all the makings of a classic, underdog mentality or otherwise.