KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The reigning NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes, will square off with the only quarterback taken ahead of him in the 2017 NFL Draft during Sunday Night Football this week on 41 Action News.
Mahomes and the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) meet Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears (7-7) for a 7:20 p.m. kickoff Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Bears traded up to draft Trubisky No. 2 overall in 2017, while the Chiefs traded up to snag Mahomes at No. 10 overall.
Much like Portland's selection of Sam Bowie in the 1984 NBA Draft, Trubisky always will draw comparisons to Mahomes and Houston's Deshaun Watson, the No. 12 overall pick, based on his draft position.
"The comparisons are out there and they are never going to stop," Trubisky said. "It's kind of me, Pat and Deshaun are kind of all grouped together because we are in the same draft class, drafted in the first round and all that. But there are no do-overs. We are where we are."
Now in their third career seasons, all three have guided their teams to the postseason.
But while Mahomes and Watson have emerged as some of the brightest rising star quarterbacks in the NFL, Trubisky has struggled with consistency. He's also taken a step back in 2019.
While the Mahomes-led Chiefs and Watson-led Texans are poised to return to the playoffs, Trubisky's Bears were eliminated with last week's loss.
That doesn't mean Mahomes plans to take the matchup with Chicago lightly as the Chiefs continue to push for a possible first-round bye.
"We understand that they are still a great team and that were gonna have a great chance to play a great opponent," Mahomes said.