Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill enjoy field day in Chiefs win over Chargers
By Jalon Dodson
Here’s a look at the Week 1 player awards from the Kansas City Chiefs season-opening win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Each week, we will be handing out our weekly player awards to the members of the Kansas City Chiefs who live up to (or down to) honors like “Offensive MVP” or “Defensive Disappointment.”
In the team’s season-opening win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the offensive heroes weren’t hard to choose. If you were watching the game, at least in the first half, then you might be able to guess who my offensive MVP was for the game. The Chiefs defense was stout throughout the first half, but the secondary faltered against the Chargers. There were, however, some key players defensively that stood out for the team.
Let’s hand out some awards.
Offensive Player on the Rise: Patrick Mahomes
This second-year player will perhaps become a household name this season. A spectacular offensive performance by Kansas City helped propel this player to being named the Chiefs’ offensive player on the rise.
An insane performance by Patrick Mahomes made me question whether or not he should receive offensive player of the week honors. However, a standout performance by Tyreek Hill put Mahomes just shy of it. Mahomes had 4 passing touchdowns, completing 14-of-25 passes for 255 yards. He also had 5 carries for 21 yards, adding to his amazing performance. The Chargers just had no answer for Mahomes’ laser cannon of an arm. Chiefs fans can expect to see a lot of Mahomes this year.
- Completions: 15
- Attempts: 27
- Passing TD: 4
- Interceptions: 0
- Carries: 5
- Rushing Yards: 21
Defensive Player on the Rise: Kendall Fuller
An offseason addition for the Chiefs, Kendall Fuller had been turning heads in the preseason. With decent debut for the Chiefs, he made some mistakes but was able to recover well, like a true pro would.
Even though he didn’t look amazing on paper, the Chiefs’ #1 cornerback was able to make some good plays that helped the Chiefs win. More production is expected out of Fuller as we make our way through the regular season, but he had done enough to earn the defensive player on the rise for the Chiefs.
- Total Tackles: 5
- Solo Tackles: 3
- Assisted: 2
RUNNER-UP: Anthony Hitchens (6 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 0 sacks)