Chiefs' Win Over Chargers Led by Travis Kelce's 179 Yards
MORAINE CITY, MO Since his October 5 birthday, Travis Kelce has enjoyed the finest three-game run of his career. His most memorable performance came on Sunday during the Los Angeles Chargers game, when he caught 12 passes for 179 yards and one score.
Andy Reid, the coach of the Chiefs, stated that it's because Kelce is improving with age. He conceded that the Taylor Swift influence may potentially be at play. This season, she attended her fourth Kansas City Chiefs game, and in her presence, Kelce has averaged over twice as many yards as in her absence.
Reid remarked, "Taylor can stay around all she wants," following the Chiefs' 31-17 victory. In any case, with 31 receptions in the three games against the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and Chargers, Kelce has performed better than at any other point in his stellar career.
"You can anticipate what he will run, but it won't stop you," said Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
As quarterback Patrick Mahomes noted, Kelce occasionally isn't sure what route he's going to take prior to the play. He can change his route in response to particular coverages, which he did several times against the Chargers.
"The main thing is the way he's able to recognise coverage and adjust on the fly," Mahomes stated. We discuss it frequently, but you shouldn't take it for granted. He nearly seems to be playing Madden. He performed an excellent job since he can read the coverage, stop in the windows, stay open, and always be in agreement with me.
"It seems like he does it week in and week out and that's why he's the player that he is and he'll be a Hall of Famer one day."
Kelce did not play in the Chiefs' season opener against the Detroit Lions last month. In the six games that have passed, he has 48 receptions, which is tied for the most by any tight end in NFL history during the player's first six games.
Mahomes wasn't arguing against the fact that Kelce has become better with age, at least in some areas.
"The way he's able to recognise coverages is probably even better," Mahomes stated. "He's played against every single team and every coverage and every way to try to take him away and so he's able to recognise that and then dissect it on the fly."
Mahomes couldn't help but make a lighthearted jab at Kelce. In the second quarter, the two connected on a 53-yard connection, with Kelce collecting a short throw and running it to the Chargers' 6 before being tackled.
Still, the Chiefs scored on the following play.
"Younger Trav would have scored on that one touchdown," Mahomes stated. "I shall say so. Other than that, though, I believe he's doing a fantastic job of figuring out how to be vulnerable and play these incredible games."