All signs are pointing towards a 17-game regular season, which could see the Green Bay Packers meet the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, it’s likely the regular season will be extended by a game starting this upcoming season. It would see each NFC team meet one more team from the AFC.
Well, it could lead to a showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. According to Warren Sharp of SharpFootballAnalysis.com, the league’s formula for determining the 17th game would see the NFC North and AFC West pair up in 2021.
The Packers and Chiefs were both their respective division champions, which would lead to a matchup between the two at Arrowhead Stadium.
A showdown we almost saw in the Super Bowl two years in a row could now happen in the regular season, meaning Rodgers and Mahomes go head-to-head for the first time. While the two teams did meet in 2019, Mahomes missed the game due to injury. The Packers won 31-24.
It would be a battle of last season’s top MVP frontrunners. Rodgers won the award with 48 touchdown passes to five interceptions, while Mahomes finished with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions in one fewer game.
Green Bay’s offense was first in scoring last year. Kansas City ranked sixth. The Packers have made consecutive NFC Championship Games, while the Chiefs have made back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one.
Whether you agree with a 17-game season or not, there’s no doubt a showdown between the Packers and Chiefs would be one of the most must-see games of the year.
According to Sharp, other potential matchups would include the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Baltimore Ravens, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Indianapolis Colts. Some fun games there.
What are your thoughts on a possible 17th matchup against the Chiefs?