Juju Smith-Schuster, the wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, is starting to get into a rhythm with his new team.
It may have taken a while, but after scoring 100 yards (and touchdowns) for the second week in a row during the leader’s 44-23 win over San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, it’s clear that he and Patrick Mahomes are developing a bit of a relationship.
Smith-Schuster says his relationship with quarterback Patrick Mahomes was falsified during off-season training in Dallas. But chemistry takes time. It cannot be manufactured overnight.
That’s…unless you spend your night playing “Call of Duty” with your teammates like Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
“I’m going to tell you what got us the chemistry we needed in this game,” Smith-Schuster told reporters after Sunday’s seven-time, 124-yard performance. “I think it was Friday night. It was me and Pat and Travis and MVS [that were] They were playing “Call of Duty”. We were playing Warzone. We played three games – we won three games in a row.”
Here’s a quick tutorial for anyone feeling incredibly old right now: “Warzone” is a video game played online against players from all over the world. There are 64 players in 16 teams who are dropped on the same map. Teams eliminate each other as the map shrinks until only one team is left.
Warzone – much like soccer – is a complex game with a simple goal: to outlast your opponents until you are the last team standing. As Smith-Schuster explained, you can’t win without constant communication and understanding where your teammates are.
“We went down and we were like a curse,” Smith Shuster joked. “It’s really hard to win a match in ‘Warzone’. You can just tell that the connection between all of us and the chemistry, it was like we were in [football] Game… I just bled into this game.”
However, Mahomes underestimated his gaming abilities.
“I don’t play all the time,” Mahomes told reporters. “But some guys are playing. I had a free night on Friday, so I told him, ‘I’m going to be with you for a while.'”
“Travis, Travis, Marquez, and JoJo have been. Marquez and JoJo are really good. Travis and I are doing fine. We did our part and went to three-for-three with three wins in Warzone, which I don’t do often. So I felt good about getting into the game.”
It’s hard to argue with the results. The Chiefs’ offense was to shoot all cylinders on Sunday, rallying 529 yards against one of the NFL’s top defenses. Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling (who contributed three receptions for 111 yards) were their best games in Chiefs uniform. Mahomes thinks it’s time spent with new receivers the outside From football pay off on Sunday.
“It’s great to be away from the facility,” Mahomes said. “You do kid-like things and you’re on headphone – you talk and joke and you talk about the week. It takes your mind off football. And it’s about building those relationships. So it’s definitely great to see these guys – even if they’re in the game – out of the facility.”
With the Chiefs entering farewell week, Mahomes and his teammates should have more time to visit Rebirth Island again – and secure another win (or three). If Sunday is any indication, it will be bad news for the NFL’s defenses.
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