Mahomes, and other Chiefs prepare for an NFL cold weather game


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A winter storm hits Kansas City

A winter storm hit Kansas City on Thursday, December 22, bringing frigid temperatures, freezing drizzle and snow. Blizzard-like conditions are expected to make travel precarious for a few days. Here are the latest:


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In this case, says Patrick Mahomes, functionality will take precedence over fashion.

The Kansas City Chiefs home game is expected to be a very cold Saturday afternoon. And for Mahomes, that means one—but only—change to his usual wardrobe.

“I’ll throw on that little thing that warms my neck that I always throw at it. It doesn’t look cool, but it keeps my neck warm,” Mahomes said with a grin. “I’m not a big guy who, like, throws a gauntlet or anything like that, so that’s all. What’s up.”

The weather will definitely be a factor on Saturday.

Wind chill kick-off against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium It is expected to be in the single digits. And although the KC club won’t have to prepare for those exact conditions until the game, coach Andy Reid provided a draft of his team’s drills on Wednesday, open the doors of the team’s indoor training facility to let some winter air in.

How temperature affects players depends on their location and history in frigid environments.

For example, longtime boss hunter James Winchester has suffered a lot of frosty games during his time playing Eight seasons as a pro.

However, his job requires him to approach football like everyone else besides the midfielders and centers. This means his preparation will focus on trying to “manage your hands a little better” while using hand warmers a lot and staying around side warmers.

“The name of the game is not to keep your hands off the elements for longer than you have to,” Winchester said. “So if you have to run for a punt, extra point or field goal with your hands in your bag, that’s what I do.”

Rising fullback Joshua Williams won’t absorb football as much, but his biggest challenge will be dealing with a new experience. Williams grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and attended college in the same warm-weather location.

“It’s going to be the coldest game I’ve ever played,” Williams said. “I’m 100% ready. Coach (Andy) Reid makes sure we’re ready. We look at it like any other game. We take the necessary steps to get out there and compete.”

Williams, like Mahomes, wasn’t planning on changing a lot of clothes. He said he’d probably roll up long sleeves with this game but didn’t anticipate any other tweaks.

KC-Seattle will be far from the only NFL contest affected by weather this weekend. New Orleans in Cleveland, for example, is forecast to be worse for crime, with winds of 25 mph expected. As such, the current total of 32.5 points — the projected combined point total for the two teams’ sportsbooks — is the lowest mark for an NFL playoff since 2010, according to Data from Stathead.

Mahomes’ throwing conditions should be better than those of KC; The forecast is for winds of 9 mph Saturday with gusts reaching around 20.

The Chiefs-Seahawks’ overages total is also 49, which means Vegas doesn’t think Saturday’s extreme conditions will affect offenses. is very Much.

“We’ll go out there and play,” Mahomes said. “It’s still football at the end of the day.”

This story was originally published Dec 22, 2022 5:30 AM.

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Jesse Newell—recipient of an EPPY Award for Best Sports Blog and previously named Best Writer in Distribution by the AP Sports Editors—covers the Chiefs at The Star. His interest in sports analytics comes from his math teacher father, who handed out referees to Trick-or-Treaters every year.

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