Patrick Mahomes debuted his 2021 season in impressive fashion.
The K.C. Chiefs got off to a rocky start when safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Frank Clark were both inactive for the home opener against the Cleveland Browns. Couple that with Willie Gay Jr. on injured reserve and the Chiefs were looking at a depleted defense against a great offense. Indeed, the defense got off to a terrible start, but in typical fashion, Mahomes put the team on his back and carried them to victory with the help of ol’ reliables Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
It turns out that it’s par for the course for Mahomes in the month of September.
Maybe it is because September is his birthday month and the stars align to give him extra powers, or maybe we are witnessing the god of football come to earth. Whatever it is, Mahomes is incredible in September. He averages over 330 yards per game, has thrown 35 passing touchdowns while also avoiding a single interception. On top of that, his impressive stats make him undefeated in the month of September in his starts at 11-0. That is sorcery, I’m certain.
I also think it is part of how Mahomes views the game. Mahomes and Andy Reid believe that if you don’t start fast, it can come back to haunt you.
Mahomes has shown that the fast starts pay off when it matters most, having never done worse that overtime in the AFC Championship game. Is that why he is so good in September? Maybe.
On top of the crazy September stats, Mahomes added to his ever impressive record-breaking resume today. That makes sense given the witchcraft of Septembers for him. On Sunday, in his 47th start, Mahomes passed Kurt Warner for most passing yards in a players’ first 50 games, and he passed Dan Marino in most touchdowns in a players’ first 50 games.
Mind you, Mahomes accomplished all of this in 47 games and not 50. He isn’t just breaking records, he is shattering them and it is made all the more impressive in light of his perfect Septembers. We are truly witnessing greatness. I, for one, am enjoying every minute of it.