It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for a matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. In 2019, Mahomes missed the game due to his dislocated kneecap. In 2021, Rodgers was ruled out of the game with COVID-19 exposure. They’re getting this game in early in the season to ensure that these two all-time great QBs get a chance to face each other.
Specifically for Kansas City, I think it bodes well that this game happens early. The Jets have a tough schedule early in the season and they know that there might be a bit of an adjustment period for Rodgers and the offense to start clicking. Of course, he’s familiar with the Jets’ new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Any later than Week 4 and I’d say that New York would probably already have hit their stride. There is a chance, however, that their offense is still working on timing, which could make all the difference in what is sure to be a shootout.