I haven’t written a published article since August. Patrick Mahomes brought me out of my hibernation. That’s how special he is.
The No. 1 defense in the NFL in points, yards and first downs allowed and yards per play and yards per pass attempt – the Baltimore Ravens, had two chances on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Arrowhead on Sunday, but both times Patrick Mahomes – the best quarterback…and maybe the best player in the NFL, and the Chiefs converted – the second a TD pass to seldom-used Damien Williams, who also had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter, on 4th and 3 from the 5-yard line. The first – a 4th and 9 from the Chiefs own 46, was a superhuman throw (and his fourth down TD):
It ranks up there with his left-handed throw in Denver, which led to his first game-winning drive of the season…one where he overcame a second down and 30:
…and his scramble-around TD pass against the Niners:
By the way, Mahomes practices these throws. WHO DOES THAT?
There’s a ton of other “Oh my God, did he just do that?” throws he has made this year, such as:
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But there are too many to list them all.
And, there was this casual mile-long throw:
The Chiefs went on to win, as well all know, 27-24 in overtime, marking Kansas City’s fourth-consecutive trip to the postseason and a fifth trip in six years under Head Coach Andy Reid. It’s currently the Chiefs’ longest stretch of consecutive postseason appearances since six straight years from 1990-1995. The Chiefs could all but officially clinch the No. 1 seed and homefield throughout the playoffs with a win tomorrow night over the visiting Chargers (10-3), who like the Chiefs (11-2), are 10-2 since Week 1. Everyone is just waiting for the Chiefs to fail in the playoffs, because that’s what they do. But this just feels different. And, the reason is Patrick Mahomes II.
It’s time we start asking ourselves, if this super-human Mahomes magic with unreal throws, INCLUDING NO LOOK passes:
It’s perfect on a loop. Over and over again. And, its not the first time he has thrown a no-look pass this year. These kind of things are just the norm for him. It’s time to realize he’s doing we’ve never seen before, because…well, he is actually doing things no one else can. This kid is that special.
If it were just wins and numbers, he would be the MVP. The weekly highlight reel, however, is a bonus. It sets him apart from the other Tier 1 QB’s. Jared Goff just had a stinker on Sunday Night football (20-44, 180 yards, 4 INT) in a game where the Rams scored six points. Drew Brees experienced it the week before in a 13-10 loss at Dallas, throwing for just 127 yards as the Saints gained 176 yards – a franchise-worst since an Aaron Brooks-led offense back in 2000 and Andrew Luck, the only other player who is remotely in the discussion with Mahomes and Brees for MVP, was shutout by the Jags two weeks ago. I could continue going down the list, but I don’t need to. Patrick Mahomes doesn’t have games where he lays an eggs. When he has “bad” games, he still throws for nearly 500 yards with SIX touchdowns. When he faces defensive looks he hasn’t seen before, he throws for 377 yards and two scores, leading a game-tying drive that featured two fourth down conversions in the final minutes of regulation.
The difference between the Chiefs offenses and the other good offenses, such as the Rams and Saints, is Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs won’t go out and score only 10 or six points in a game. The Chiefs low-water mark is 26. They’ve scored 27 points (twice). All three games were wins…and as I have stated all season, I can’t see a scenario where the Chiefs score fewer than that in a game.
Even in the losses you are even walking away impressed with Mahomes. In the two games by a combined six points (three points each), Mahomes did turn it over seven times, but he also threw for 10 scores and led the Chiefs to 91 points, including the the first team to score 50 points in a loss in NFL history in the “Game of the Year” 54-51 loss to the Rams on Monday Night football. As good as Alex Smith (27 TD) and the Chiefs offense was last year, Mahomes could DOUBLE Smith’s career-high TD passes and the offense is ranked No. 3 this year, up from fifth last year. He has seven 4 TD games in 13 games, including two games with SIX TD. That is unreal for any quarterback. How about a dude who has made just 14 starts?
Let’s take a look at some of the records Mahomes set this year (and other notable stats):
- 10 TD in first two games, 13 touchdown passes through the first three games
- 22 TD after eight career games, breaking Kurt Warner’s record of 21.
- In just 13 career starts dating back to Week 17 of 2017, Mahomes has reached 4,000 passing yards with 41 touchdown passes. That makes him the fastest player in NFL history to reach both marks. Andrew Luck previously held the 4,000-yard mark, reaching it in 15 games in 2012.
- First QB to throw for six scores on Monday Night Football (his second 6-TD pass game of the season).
- Len Dawson’s 54-year franchise TD pass record (31) back on Nov. 12 against Arizona (26-14 win). The record currently sits at 43, and climbing.
- More pass yards (3,042) and pass TD (28) in his first 10 career games than any player since 1950.
- 48 total touchdowns for a second-year quarterback, easily breaking Kurt Warner’s old record (41).
- He is just the ninth QB in NFL history to throw for 40 TDs or more in a season. It’s happened 13 times as a few players have been repeat performers — Drew Brees, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Mahomes is just the third player to hit the 40-TD mark in the first 12 games to start the season.
- Mahomes’ 10 games with at least 300 passing yards in just 13 contests this season, which is something only Andrew Luck (2014), Peyton Manning (2013), Drew Brees (2011) and Rich Gannon (2002) had accomplished before him.
- Mahomes’ 43 touchdowns on the year are also the fourth-most through 13 games in NFL history, trailing only Manning (46 in 2004, 45 in 2013) and Tom Brady (45 in 2007).
The only quarterback to ever post a passer rating above 105 in a season before turning 24 was Dan Marino, who had a 108.9 rating in 1984. Mahomes is currently sitting at 115.2. His game-tying TD pass to Williams on Sunday marked the 10th different player Mahomes has throws a touchdown pass to this season, bringing him within three of Matt Ryan’s record, set in 2016, when the Falcons went all the way to the Super Bowl. Mahomes was already at nine through four games. With 43 touchdowns, he needs 12 over the final three games to catch Manning’s NFL record of 55 (2013), which is doable. But, there certainly is the potential Mahomes wont play in Week 17 when the Raiders come to town, if they have the division and No. 1 seed and homefield advantage locked up.
It’s been an unbelievable season for Mahomes. What’s even more incredible is it’s his first season as a starter, and he has took the league by storm.
For the first time in my life, I can say that we have “that guy” on my team. He does at least one thing every week that the whole nation talks about. The next step in the progression of the legend that is Patrick Mahomes is taking the Chiefs to a Super Bowl. That dream will be one step closer to reality on Thursday Night if the Chiefs can beat San Diego, nearly locking up homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
Does anyone think Mahomes cant take the Chiefs to the next level – over that hump that has seemed to block us our whole lives? Only if you’re foolish.
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