Andy Reid has no expectations for Patrick Mahomes

Andy Reid has no expectations for Patrick Mahomes

But the job security of Broncos rookie head coach Vance Joseph may hinge in part on Sunday, so Mahomes is likely to get a full taste of a risky and star-laden Denver 'D'.

The Kansas City Chiefs have the AFC West division wrapped up are locked into the AFC's No. 4 seed in the playoffs.

Which might explain why Andy Reid and company have made a decision to give starting quarterback Alex Smith a break and start rookie Patrick Mahomes instead.

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Kansas City has not started a quarterback that it selected in the first round since 1987, back when Todd Blackledge was under center.it has also been 30 years since any quarterback drafted by the Chiefs has won a game for the franchise, either in the regular or postseason.

Mahomes, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is being groomed as Smith's successor, but his assignment Sunday doesn't signify a changing of the guard.

Mahomes, 22, played in all four preseason games, completing 34 of 54 pass attempts with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

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"The biggest thing for me is just to expect to go out there and win any way possible, if that's 300 yards or 100 yards or whatever it is", Mahomes said.

Many believe that Reid is quite high on Mahomes and his future in the league. That gives Kansas City fans the chance to get their first sneak peek at Smith's heir apparent against the Broncos.

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