Anyone who played NFL 2K on the Sega Dreamcast knows how unfair it was to play with Randy Moss. Patrick Mahomes is on that same level in real life.
It is not fair for the Kansas City Chiefs to play Patrick Mahomes each week against the NFL because no 23-year-old first year starting quarterback is supposed to be this good. This isn’t some flash-in-the-pan hot stretch like Deshaun Watson or Robert Griffin III.
This is who and what Mahomes is. Ten years from now will he still have the weapons with guys this wide open? Maybe not. But he will be this good with whatever talent and coaching staff he has for the rest of his career.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, Mahomes and the Chiefs did what many, including myself, expected them to do. Coming off a hard loss against the New England Patriots last week that they rightfully felt they should have won, the Chiefs were coming out this week to prove a point: that they are without question the number one team in the AFC.
Let’s dive in and see the good, bad and the future as we track Mahomes through this Bengals beat down.
Turning Bad Into Good
We all know how good Mahomes is in the pocket, and how he’s even better when he’s buying time outside the pocket. One thing we learned against the Bengals was how he can not only make something from nothing, but he can make something out of a bad situation.
In the fourth quarter the Chiefs were first and goal from the three-yard line when Mahomes dropped a low snap. The play looked like it was a going to be one of their RPO plays but that went out the window when Mahomes dropped the ball. Most quarterbacks in the NFL would have just fell on the ball and taken the three-yard loss on first down. As we’ve discovered, Mahomes is not like most QBs and instead, he picked the ball up and got his eyes downfield.
He surveyed the field with the calmness of someone who took a simple snap and didn’t have a care in the world. After going through some quick reads, he found Tyreek Hill wide open on his left and fired an easy bullet for an easy touchdown.
He never loses his cool and even when the best thing that could happen would normally be a three-yard loss, he turns it into not only positive but a touchdown. At this point, I’m thinking there are good chances he could turn water into wine or any object to gold, but so far I haven’t been able to get confirmation on that.
Breaking records is something that Mahomes is getting used to early in his young career. He broke another on Sunday when he threw his 22nd touchdown pass of the season in just his seventh game. He broke the record of Kurt Warner and thus did something that no other QB has done in the history of the NFL. Anytime a QB in his first season as a starter can do something that has never been done in the 99-year history of the league, that’s special.
Yep, we’ve gotten to this point in tracking Mahomes where the only place to find something bad is to analyze his touchdown celebrations. Yes, he did throw an interception into triple coverage, which was bad. But when you are up 28 points and you are taking a long bomb shot to Hill, it isn’t a bad decision or a regrettable one. Next time I’d just tell him to take a big step into it and try to out throw Hill.
So since that INT wasn’t a big deal at all, we will go to the only other thing Mahomes did badly in this game: the dance. Don’t get me wrong. Like everything else an NFL player does, they are better at it than me, but we are comparing it to other players in the league and his dance tonight just wasn’t up to par with his teammates.
He needs to loosen up the hips and get a little more into the dance as you can see. He looked a little stiff and seemed to be laughing more than taking the dance serious. Hopefully, they can work on this in film study this week to tighten that up before they host the Denver Broncos next.
(Yes, this was complete satire and a way of showing that Mahomes did nothing bad tonight but the article requires something. He’s so good!)
The future for Mahomes at this point is as bright as any first-year player in the history of the NFL. The on pace numbers for this season would be great for any QB in the Hall of Fame and he’s on this pace in his first year starting at age 23.
Mahomes is currently on pace for 5,031 yards passing and 274 yards rushing. He’s on pace to throw 50 touchdowns and run for another five while only throwing 11 interceptions and zero fumbles lost. To put that into perspective, the Chiefs franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season is 30, and yards passing in a season is 4,591. At his current pace, Mahomes would set the Chiefs career records in those stats in less than five seasons.
After seven games the Chiefs have faced the hardest schedule in the league and are the number one seed in the AFC. Mahomes is playing the game like it’s a video game. Despite teams now having weeks of film, they can do nothing to even slow them down.
At this point, if you are the rest of the NFL, you can only hope the gaming system freezes and the Chiefs forgot to save their season.