Patrick Mahomes was 20 of 34 for 329 yards with 3 touchdowns, no interceptions, and 23 rushing yards on Sunday night. He also had a game winning drive where he led his team right down the field with under two minutes to go. For most quarterbacks it would be viewed as one of the best games of their career. For Patrick Mahomes it seems like another day at the office.
The crazy part is that Mahomes was extremely limited in his wide receivers for this game. The Chiefs entered the game without top wideout Juju Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman and lost Kadarius Toney in the first half as well. That meant that Mahomes was playing without three of his top four wide receivers for most of the game. He still didn’t blink an eye.
Mahomes is now the clear front runner for MVP. He leads the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s on pace to throw for over 5,500 yards and 47 touchdowns and is on pace to rush for over 400 yards as well. When I say that throwing for 329 yards, 3 touchdowns, and rushing for 23 yards is just another day at the office this season it’s because those numbers actually are right around his season averages of 326.5 yards, 2.8 touchdowns, and 23.8 rushing yards. He’s literally averaging what would be a career day for most NFL quarterbacks.
Just last week Mahomes broke the record for passing touchdowns in a player’s first 75 games, only it only took him 72 games to do it. We could be here the rest of the day talking about all the other records he has set or is on pace to set, but you get the picture. He’s incredible. He was incredible again on Sunday night against the Chargers and was certainly one of the main reasons the Chiefs won and are in control of the division. At this point Mahomes is the clear greatest Chiefs quarterback of all time and is one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. Period.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, Mahomes favorite target is also rewriting the record books.