The Kansas City Chiefs will play their second consecutive away game on Sunday when they travel to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers.
The Chiefs now have an 8-3 record on the season and are a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the AFC. The Packers have a 5-6 record and are still in contention for a playoff spot in the NFC after a big win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
Chiefs Seek Ninth Victory
The Chiefs came to Las Vegas losing two of their last three games and without scoring a single point in the second half in each of those three previous games.
When the Chiefs quickly fell behind 14-0, there was probably panic in Chiefs Nation. Then, a funny thing happened, Patrick Mahomes went back to being Patrick Mahomes.
The reigning MVP quickly turned things around and the Chiefs tied the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at halftime. The second half was more of the same and the Chiefs snapped their scoreless streak en route to a 31-17 victory.
Mahomes finished with 298 yards and two touchdowns in the game, while head coach Andy Reid won his 125th game as head coach of the Chiefs, setting a new team record.
Running back Isiah Pacheco also had a big game, rushing for two touchdowns, and the Chiefs offense began to look more like the one that helped the team win the Super Bowl last season.
Receiver Rashee Rice caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the game as well.
The Chiefs hope their offense is now back on track as they head to the frozen ground in Green Bay on Sunday night.
Kansas City ranks eighth in the NFL in total offense this season. They are 17th in ground rushing and seventh in passing yards.
The Chiefs have done a great job keeping the offensive series alive this season, ranking fourth in third down conversions.
Defensively, Kansas City is fourth in total defense this season. They are 28th against the run and 13th against the pass.
The Chiefs have turned the ball over more than they would like this season, ranking 23rd in fumble differential. They are also 19th in penalties per game.
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Packers Aim for Playoffs
The Green Bay Packers faced a near "win or die" situation on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. Quarterback Jordan Love had one of his best games of the season in a 29-22 win over Detroit in the first place.
Love matched his personal record with three touchdowns and kept the Packers very much alive in the playoff race with the crucial holiday win.
The Packers were never behind in the game and held off a Lions comeback attempt in the second half after building a 29-14 lead.
Love finished the game 22-of-32 for 268 yards, including one each to Packers rookies Jayden Reed and Tucker Kraft.
Love would eventually seal the victory with a 37-yard run in the fourth period to secure the Packers' fifth win of the season.
The Packers come into this matchup ranked 18th in total offense this season. They are 21st running the ball and 16th in passing so far.
Like Kansas City, the Packers have done a good job of staying on the field on offense. They rank seventh in the NFL in third down conversions. Defensively, the Packers are just 18th in total defense this season.
They are 23rd against the run, but are ninth against the pass, which is crucial against Mahomes and the Chiefs' aerial attack.
The Packers are only 22nd in getting teams off the field on third down. They are 16th in fumble differential, but have struggled with penalties, ranking 30th in the league.