Patrick Mahomes to start Week 17 for Chiefs

Chiefs 2018 opponents are set

Chiefs 2018 opponents are set

The Kansas City Chiefs will start rookie Patrick Mahomes II at quarterback Sunday against the Denver Broncos, coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday. Rather, with the Chiefs locked in as the AFC's No. 4 seed for the postseason, they'll give the rookie signal caller some valuable game experience, while affording Smith some rest. "He will learn from it", Reid said of Mahomes starting.

Leading up to the game, Reid did not want to set the bar too high for what we might expect to see.

Reid said he's not anxious about the move to play Mahomes in the finale rankling Smith heading into the postseason.

This is the flawless scenario both for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in general.

Smith sat out the last week's of 2013 and 2014, paving way for then-backup quarterback Chase Daniel to start.

Mahomes played three seasons with the Red Raiders, capping his collegiate career by throwing for 5,052 yards, 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 65.7 percent of his passing attempts during his final season at Texas Tech.

Yes, it's a meaningless game on Sunday against the Broncos.

Nevertheless, there's been some speculation that the Chiefs will look to part ways with Smith this offseason and hand the offense over to Mahomes. But it was a move Reid was willing to make with an eye on the future, when the 33-year-old Smith will either be too expensive - his contract is astronomical next season - or too old to effectively play the position.

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