Patrick Mahomes to start Week 17 for Chiefs

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Before the Chiefs current three-game winning streak, many Chiefs fans called for Mahomes to take the starting job from Alex Smith.

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

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There had been plenty of Chiefs fans pushing for Mahomes to overtake Smith as the team's starter when Kansas City found itself mired in a slump earlier this season. At 9-6, KC is locked into the AFC's four seed in the playoffs, regardless of whether or not they win at Denver on Sunday in their season finale. "Just having a full season, getting to watch (Smith) having a successful year, watching how he studies and how he game-plans and does those things, I feel like it's helped my game a ton". He threw for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns in his senior year at Texas Tech last season. Whether said future starts in 2017 or is extended beyond that depends a lot on how Smith and the Chiefs perform in the playoffs. Mahomes is known as a gunslinger and it's likely that Matt Nagy, the team's offensive coordinator and playcaller, will give him a chance to show off his arm against a challenging secondary employed by the Broncos-one that includes Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. That season, Mahomes tallied a completion percentage of 63.5 and a passer rating of 147.2.

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