Chiefs vs. Lions: Eight things every fan should know
Patrick Mahomes should have his best game of the season
Remember when people were certain there was no way that Patrick Mahomes could be better in his second year? Sure, maybe a few years down the road he’d top what he did in 2018 but there had to be some level of regression in his second year. Well, that hasn’t been the case at all.
Mahomes is on an absolute tear this season. Pundits are going gaga over his statistical production, comparing him to the biggest winners in the league’s history such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Troy Aikman.
What’s great for fans this Sunday is Mahomes is set up to have his best day so far this year. When you consider he’s already topped 400 yards once as well as four touchdowns, we could be in for a monster game.
There are a few reasons why this should be the case. The first is the Lions play in a dome. The Chiefs Ferrari of an offense will be playing in a temperature controlled environment with zero wind and fluctuation to affect it.
Mahomes has never played in an indoor venue in the regular season. So, it’s hard to know for sure what he will produce because of it. However, he did play in an indoor venue or two in his college career. In his most recent game in a indoor venue, Mahomes took on the Baylor Bears. In that contest Mahomes completed 65 percent of his passes for 586 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Now, you may argue that was college and you’d be absolutely correct. However, we already know Mahomes is incredibly skilled and now he’s playing indoors with more weapons on offense than he’s ever had at his disposal. This environment should be a huge advantage for someone like Mahomes.
The second reason, mentioned above, is that the Lions will be missing there best corner in Darius Slay. Mahomes has run absolutely roughshod on two very good defenses this year. As also mentioned earlier in this piece, the Lions haven’t been having a great season on that side of the ball. Now they’re down one of their key contributors. That’s a good sign for Mahomes and his seemingly growing number of top flight receivers.
The final reason is a little bit more objective. I don’t know about the rest of you, but in spite of Mahomes incredible numbers so far it still seems like this offense isn’t really scratching the surface of its true potential. In each of the first three games the offense has exploded for a quarter or two, but hasn’t played a full game.
I expect that to change on Sunday in a temperate dome against a middle-of-the-pack defense missing is best defender in pass coverage. Buckle up, it’s going to be a show.