QB Patrick Mahomes II - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 225||Born: 9-17-1995||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10 (2017)|
2018 Week 1 vs LAC (15 / 27 / 256 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
In his first game as the Chiefs starter, Patrick Mahomes led them to a 10 point victory over division rival, The Los Angeles Chargers, while completing 15 of 27 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. Mahomes also added 21 yards on five carries. The Chiefs coaching staff did a remarkable job of simplifying the types of reads that Mahomes would see in his opening game as the starter, and this was especially true on third down. Two of Mahomes four touchdown throws came on shovel passes to Tyreek Hill and DeAnthony Thomas, where the Chiefs used pre-snap motion to get the defense leaning one way, and then had Thomas and Hill run across the formation in the opposite direction. They were essentially runs, but you can give Mahomes credit for executing the plays properly and with the right timing. Mahomes did have an beautiful 36 yard touchdown pass to fullback Anthony Sherman. Sherman lined up on the left end of the formation and ran a sort of wheel route to the left sideline and then up the field. Mahomes threw a perfect pass, lofting it over Sherman's defender while also hitting him in stride, leading to an easy touchdown. Perhaps his best play of the day came on 58 yard touchdown strike to Hill. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun, took the snap and made play action fake to Hunt in the backfield. The Chargers were bringing pressure, but Mahomes was able to stand tall in the pocket and throw a dart to Hill, who was running a slant route from the right side of the formation. The throw was perfect and allowed Hill to use his speed to get up the field for a 58 yard touchdown where he was only partially touched once by a Chargers defender.
2018 Week 2 vs PIT (23 / 28 / 326 / 6 / 0 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes set the NFL world on fire on Sunday, completing 23 of 28 passes for 326 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing five times for 18 yards. It did not take long for Mahomes to get into a groove against the Steelers, as by the time the first quarter was over, he had already thrown three touchdowns and led the Chiefs to a 21-0 lead. On the Chiefs first drive, Mahomes showed why the Chiefs coaching staff were confident in him being their full-time starter this year. With Mahomes operating out of the Shotgun, he sent Tyreek Hill in motion from the right side of the formation. Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns matched him step for step in motion, indicating to Mahomes that the Steelers were in man on man coverage. With this in mind, Mahomes took the snap and quickly turned to the right side of the field where he had Sammy Watkins running a go-route. Watkins did not beat his man right away, but with an open field behind him, Mahomes threw Watkins open on a beautiful touch pass along the right sideline that went for a 40 yard gain. Mahomes continued to pick on Burns throughout the game, especially when his receivers were in pre-snap motion, and hit Watkins on another long pass when Burns misread his assignment and Mahomes read the play beautifully. When the Steelers tried to blitz, Mahomes would read the field, and change the play if necessary. He did this on a 36 yard completion to Hill, when the Steelers were playing only one deep safety. With Hill gaining separation right from the jump, Mahomes bought himself some extra time by fading back and delivering a beautiful pass over the top of Burns that let Hill adjust to the pass and gain yards after the catch. On the first of his two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, Mahomes threw a dart to Kelce's outside shoulder when he was running a shallow slant from the right side. At first it may look like an inaccurate pass, but Mahomes put the ball where Kelce could make the play and have no defensive interference as there were converging defenders from the middle of the field. Mahomes and Hill have shown great chemistry, and it continued on their 25 yard hookup for a touchdown to start the 4th quarter that ended up being the game winning touchdown for the Chiefs. With Hill operating in one on one coverage on the left side of the field, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and waited for Hill to gain separation. Hill was running a fly-route, but in an ode to Hill's speed, this route called for him to curl inside after he gained separation. This kind of route makes sense for an undersized player like Hill as it makes the cornerback turn to the inside of the field after he his beat, which means he has no chance of stopping Hill once he gets past him. That is exactly what happened, and Mahomes delivered a great a ball to Hill, who made the catch and trotted into the endzone untouched. Mahomes also threw touchdown passes to Demarcus Robinson, Kareem Hunt and Chris Conley.
2018 Week 3 vs SF (24 / 38 / 314 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns against the 49ers on Sunday. Mahomes could have easily had four or five touchdown passes in this game, but Andy Reid being the diplomatic coach of five legitimate fantasy starters, allowed Kareem Hunt to score two, one yard touchdowns. Hunt's first touchdown run was set up by screen passes to Spencer Ware (14 yards) and Anthony Sherman (16 yards). These are the type of plays that can be lost in the high flying act that we've seen in the first three games, but they are staples of Reid's offense and near lock's to pick up solid yardage when the defense is so spread out trying to react to the speed of the Chief's skill position players. Mahomes showed off his ridiculous athleticism on his first touchdown pass to Chris Conley. Lined up in the shotgun, Mahomes took the snap and was faced with a heavy 49ers pass rush. Trying to create some time to throw the ball Mahomes first took off left, but was then met with a defender closing on him. Mahomes then showed his back to the defender and threw a quick fake to the inside of the field, then a quick fake to the outside of the field, and then reversed field again so he was moving to his right. It was the type of fake that either would have lost 20 yards or given him time to throw. With Mahomes running for his life to his right, he uncorked a side arm bullet to Conley in the back of the end zone. Officially it went for a 4 yard touchdown pass, but Mahomes threw it from the 19 ½ yard line. Mahomes next touchdown pass was a rather straight forward throw to Duane Harris who had managed to find himself wide open in the end zone for a 13 yard catch. Mahomes final touchdown pass was to Sammy Watkins on a slant to the left side of the field. Mahomes made a good throw, and Watkins did the rest to score from 13 yards out.
2018 Week 4 vs DEN (28 / 45 / 304 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 1 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 28 of 45 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing three times for seven yards with another touchdown on the ground. This was the usually juggernaut performance that we've seen from Mahomes so far this season, but in some ways, perhaps it was his best win as an NFL quarterback. Mahomes was able to go on the road, against a bitter divisional rival and secure a win in primetime. Mahomes had not faced a lot of adversity this season, but with the Broncos bringing pressure early and often, he had to improvise and he was able to do enough to gut out a win for the Chiefs. Mahomes rushing touchdown was a good example of his willingness to take what the defense was giving him. Lined up in the shotgun from the eight yard line, Mahomes took the snap and proceeded to go through his progressions. With the Broncos dropping back their linebackers into coverage, Mahomes was able to look them off to the right before scrambling eight yards, untouched, into the end zone. Mahomes only passing touchdown came on a two yard pass to Travis Kelce, where Mahomes literally hot-potatoed it out of his hands as soon as he took the snap to Kelce on the edge, who barreled his way in for a touchdown. If you watch Mahomes play this entire year, you will see at least one or two plays a week that will blow you away, and he certainly managed to do that against the Broncos. With the Chiefs facing third and five from their own 45 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and was quickly forced out of the pocket. While running to his left, Mahomes saw Hill streaking across the field to the nearest sideline, and inexplicably, Mahomes delivered a LEFTY pass to Hill for the first down. It was a play that 99% of the other quarterbacks in the NFL cannot make, and it just goes to show you what a ridiculous athlete Mahomes is. It was not Mahomes most prolific performance to date, but it was an important divisional win that went a long way in showing his maturity as an NFL quarterback.
2018 Week 5 vs JAX (22 / 38 / 313 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 13 / 1 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 38 passes for 313 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Jaguars on Sunday. Mahomes did manage to find the endzone with his legs though, rushing four times for 13 yards and a touchdown. It was the first game of the year that Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown pass, but he still did enough to move the offense and put up 30 points against perhaps the toughest defense in the league. Mahomes rushing touchdown came with the Chiefs on the Jaguars five yard line. Mahones lined up under center, took the snap and play action faked to Kareem Hunt on his left side. The play called for bootleg action and Mahomes did just that, although it was an interesting call because Mahomes rolled to the left, the same side that the fake went to Hunt. With Hunt selling the fake perfectly by running an immediate route to the left flat, the Jaguars were confused and did not pressure Mahomes, choosing to stay with Hunt as he ran to the sideline. Mahomes is too fast to allow a defender to recover in that situation and he was able to dive in the left side of the end zone for a touchdown. One of Mahomes most impressive plays of the day came on a third and 10 from the Jacksonville 43 yard line. The Jaguars lined up in what looked like man to man coverage, but just prior to the snap their cornerbacks gave room of the line of scrimmage and dropped back into a deep zone. Mahomes went through his progressions and his offensive line did a fantastic job of giving him a lot of time to make a decision. With Mahomes aware that the Jaguars were in zone coverage, he moved the cornerback on the right side to his shallow target, before delivering a strike to Sammy Watkins, who had sat down in the zone about 20 yards up the field. Watkins was able to catch the pass and pick up another 15 yards for a 33 yard gain. Mahomes first interception came on an overthrow to Hill in the middle of the field, where the ball just got a way from him, and his second interception came on a tipped ball to DeMarcus Robinson. Mahomes was one throw away from a much bigger game, as he had Tyreek Hill open running a deep go-route where he underthrew his speedy receiver. Mahomes has a cannon for an arm and throws an incredible deep ball, so it is nothing to be concerned about, but it was worth mentioning given how it may seem like the Jaguars defense was what held the Chiefs back on Sunday (despite scoring 30 points). All in all, it was not a great day for Mahomes statistics, especially given what we saw the first four weeks of the season. However, he is proving that he can still gut out games and move the offense when the Chiefs explosive plays are not coming as easily as they did to start the season.
2018 Week 6 vs NE (23 / 36 / 352 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 36 passes for 352 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Mahomes also rushed two times for nine yards. The New England defense stymied Mahomes in the first half, as he threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. He led the offense on a late first half drive where Mahomes showed his arm strength by rolling out to his left and firing a 26 yard strike across his body to Tyreek Hill. He followed that up by throwing an interception in the red zone that ended the first half. Mahomes was not to be denied though, as the Chiefs were down 17-6 to start the second half before Mahomes hit Kareem Hunt for a 67 yard touchdown pass. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun and Hunt ran a simple route to the right flat. With pressure coming, Mahomes rolled out to his right. The credit partly goes to Hunt, who peeled off his route and ran up the right sideline, getting behind the entire Patriots secondary. Mahomes hit him in stride, and Hunt was nearly tackled at the goal line after slowing up, but was able to finish off the long touchdown catch. Mahomes next touchdown pass came on a 14 yard throw to Hill where the Patriots got pressure on Mahomes, and he was forced to throw the ball at an awkward angle from his hip. These type of throws are becoming customary for Mahomes, but it was an impressive lob that hit Hill perfectly in stride in the right corner of the end zone. Mahomes hooked up with Hill again on a one yard touchdown pass where he led Hill from the back of the end zone to the right corner pylon with a lob pass. Hill was able to make a sliding grab for his second touchdown. With the Chiefs down 40-33 with three minutes and 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and play action faked to Hunt on the first play of the drive. He then stepped up in the pocket and hit Hill 40 yards down the field on a crossing route. The rest of the play was all Hill, as he made a jumping catch and then simply out-ran the Patriots secondary while showing off why he is considered one of the fastest players in the league.
2018 Week 7 vs CIN (28 / 39 / 358 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 45 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 28 of 39 passes for 358 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Mahomes also rushed four times for 45 yards. Mahomes was once again in top form, leading the Chiefs to 45 points, while extending his league leading passing touchdown total to 22. Mahomes first touchdown pass came from the six yard line with him lined up under center. Mahomes took the snap and rolled to his right with Kareem Hunt also rolling to that side. With Hunt covered at first, Mahomes manipulated the defense by faking a run, before dumping the ball off to Hunt at the last moment. Hunt caught the pass right on the sideline and then toe-tapped his way just inside the pylon for the touchdown. The Mahomes-Hunt combo struck again to start the second quarter, this time from the Bengals 15 yard line. Mahomes was once again lined up under center, and with a heavy Bengals pass rush, Hunt delivered a heavy shoulder block to a blitzing defender before slipping out to the right flat. All the credit goes to Hunt on this play, as he caught the pass, slipped out of a Bengals tackle at his feet and then rumbled his way over three more defenders before falling over the goal line for his second receiving touchdown of the night. Mahomes third touchdown of the night came with him lined up in the shotgun at the Bengals 17 yard line. Mahomes was able to find Duane Harris wide open in the back of the right side of the end zone. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with a little bit of improvisation. After taking the snap out of shotgun from the Bengals three yard line, Mahomes fumbled the snap and then immediately threw a pump-fake to the center of the field which created some time for him to scramble to his left. He then found Tyreek Hill wide open in the shallow left part of the endzone for his fourth touchdown pass of the night.
2018 Week 8 vs DEN (24 / 34 / 303 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 34 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns with on interception, while also rushing two times for negative one yards. Mahomes was very efficient in this game, despite the fact that he lost Tyreek Hill for the entire second half, Mahomes was simply playing catch with the host of open receivers he had on the day. The most impressive part about watching Mahomes throw the ball, is seriousness at which he takes his part as a distributor. In the NFL, you have strong armed quarterbacks--like Aaron Rodgers--who are the playmakers. They throw their receivers open, they extended plays and they make throws into windows that 90% of the rest of the league's quarterbacks just don't have the arm strength to pull off, let alone try. Then you have guys like Tom Brady who takes distributor to a different level, as everyone of his throws is heavily timed and calculated for the sole purpose of putting his receiver in the best position to A.) make the catch and then B.) gain as many yards after the catch as possible. Mahomes is exciting to watch because hf falls squarely in between these two Hall of Fame bound quarterbacks. Mahomes greatest strength is his arm talent, which not only consists of high end strength and accuracy, but he is also able to deliver the ball form a variety of arm positions and at varying velocities and trajectories. This allows him to distribute the ball nearly perfectly, regardless of what is going on around him. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs on the Broncos nine yard line facing second and five. With Mahomes lined up in shotgun, and Kelce lined up to the slot position to his left, Mahomes took the snap and waited for Kelce to run his skinny post to the inside of the field. Kelce did a great job setting up the route, as he threw a quick out-fake to the sideline before cutting back to the inside. As soon as his head turned back to the inside, the ball was there in the perfect place for an easy nine yard touchdown. Mahomes second touchdown pass of the game came with the Chiefs at the Broncos 13 yard line, facing a second and five. Several plays prior to this play, Mahomes had carved up the Broncos secondary on a straight forward crossing pattern to Watkins was passed to in stride and immediately turned the ball up field for a 24 yard gain. The touchdown pass was essentially the exact same play, as Watkins ran a crossing route from the left slot position. The difference in this play was the PHD level route-running (and patience) that Watkins used to sell his route and create the separation he needed to score an easy touchdown. Coming off the line, Watkins ran a five yard route where he then immediately chopped his feet and sat down like he would be heading to the outside of the field. As soon as his defender gave the slightest inkling that he was biting on the fake, Watkins accelerated hard to the middle of the field where Mahomes found him in stride coming over the middle. From there, all Watkins had to do was angle his lead shoulder down the field and run into the end zone nearly untouched. Mahomes third touchdown pass again went to Watkins, with the Chiefs set up at the 10 yard line on a first and ten. This time Watkins was lined up on the far left hash and ran a shallow drag route all the way across the formation. With the Chiefs using the perfect personal group to spread the Broncos out wide, by the time Watkins exceeded the offensive line out wide, he was wide open. Mahomes dumped it off to him and Watkins easily scored his second touchdown of the game. Mahomes final touchdown pass came on the sort of play-calling trickery that makes Andy Reid an offensive genius. With the Chiefs set up in a Pistol like formation with Travis Kelce set just behind the offensive line in the backfield, and Tyreek Hill to the right of Mahomes and Kareem Hunt to the left. Mahomes took the snap and proceeded to float to his right as though he was setting up a straight option play with Hill. Instead of committing to either a run or pitch to Hill, Mahomes then shovel passed the ball inside to Hunt whose gap looked to be in the middle of the line. Hunt used his burst to get through the line quickly while also breaking an arm tackle from a defender. Then using that momentum he high-jumped a Broncos defender who had been choreographing his intentions of going low on Hunt. Hunt cleared the defender and then used built up downhill power to drag another defender across the goal line while getting a solid push from several of his teammates for a 23 yard touchdown run, and perhaps the play of the week in the NFL.
2018 Week 9 vs CLE (23 / 32 / 375 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 32 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the Chiefs win over the Browns on Sunday. Mahomes also recorded 18 yards rushing on two carries. It was another fantastic game for Mahomes, although you wouldn't know it by the lack of attention he received on a day where the Saints vs Rams game dominated the headlines. The fact that Mahomes can throw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, while still flying under the radar is a testament to just how easy he has made it look during his breakout sophomore season. The 375 yards passing was a career high for Mahomes, and it was also his eighth consecutive 300+ yard passing game, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to record that feat. Mahomes got some help from Kareem Hunt on his first touchdown pass of the day. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Hunt to his left and Tyreek Hill to his right in the backfield. Mahomes took the snap and faked a pitch out wide to Hill, before fading backwards and throwing a lob to Hunt on a designed screen pass. Hunt made a quick cut to avoid a tackler, then stiff armed another Browns defender before getting some great downfield blocking from both Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris, which help complete the 50 yard touchdown play. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a second and seven from the Browns 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and immediately looked to his left, which froze the only Cleveland safety, who was playing lone center field. Mahomes then looked back to his right, where Kelce was running a double-move slant from the inside right slot position. Mahomes delivered a strike to Kelce over the middle and out in front allowing Kelce to make the easy touchdown grab. Mahomes final touchdown throw again went to Kelce, with the Chiefs lined up at the Browns 13 yard line. Mahomes took the snap in the shotgun formation and went through his reads before throwing a very ambitious ball to Kelce, who was running the same double-move slant route that came on his first touchdown catch. The difference was the Browns defender did not fall for the first move to the outside and continued to have inside position on Kelce. This time, Mahomes took advantage of Kelce's size and threw the pass very high and in-line where only his tight end could make a play on the ball, and Kelce was able to go up and make an excellent catch for a 13 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs ARI (21 / 28 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of 28 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the Chiefs win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Mahomes also added 21 yards on four carries. It was a very efficient day for Mahomes, despite it not being the spectacular game that we have grown accustomed to seeing from him this season. It was the first time in nine games that Mahomes has failed to reach 300+ yards passing, and the first time in five game he did not throw at least three touchdowns. Mahomes has been kept fairly clean this season by his offensive line, but the Cardinals came out of the gate with a very aggressive pass rush, sacking Mahomes five times on the day. Mahomes first touchdown pass came on a second and ten from the Cardinals 37 yard line. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Tyreek Hill to his right in the inside right slot position. Mahomes took the snap and got a clean pocket from his offensive line, and look to Hill who was running a deep post pattern. The Cardinals defense lost track of Hill, and Mahomes threw a dart to him streaking down the middle of the field. Hill caught the pass and blazed through the Arizona secondary for an easy 37 yard score. Mahomes second and final touchdown pass of the day again went to Hill, this time for a 19 yard touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Arizona 19 yard line, Mahomes lined up under center, with Hill lined up in the inside right slot position. Mahomes took the snap, and this time Hill ran a very sneaky route, faking a post/crossing route with just a quick swivel of his hips, he was able to establish inside position on his man. You have to give Mahomes credit for this touchdown though, as Hill was able to get inside position, but he was still blanketed with Cardinals on all sides of him. Mahomes threw an absolute bullet between the Cardinals coverage, and he threw it low so that only Hill could make the play, which is exactly what happened for a 19 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs LAR (33 / 46 / 478 / 6 / 3 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 33 of 36 passes for 478 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing six times for 28 yards. Mahomes played incredibly well, matching the Rams score for score, but if there was a difference in this game, it was Mahomes three interceptions, two of which were returned for defensive touchdowns. Mahomes first touchdown pass came from the shotgun with the Chiefs at the Rams 30 yard line. Mahomes play action faked to Kareem Hunt before finding Tyreek Hill on a nicely thrown lab pass that reached Hill just in time before a Rams player tackled him in the end zone. Mahomes next touchdown came under center, with the Chiefs at the Rams 21 yard line. Mahomes play action faked to Hunt, then faked a reverse to Hill, before dumping the ball off back to Hunt on a screen pass. The play was a work of art, with Hunt only having to evade one defender with a stiff-arm before crossing the goal line for a 20 yard score. Mahomes third touchdown pass came with the Chiefs driving at the Rams nine yard line with :20 seconds left in the fist half. Mahomes took the snap in shotgun and rolled hard to his left as the Rams pass-rush was bearing down on him. Throwing against his body in an abbreviated manner, Mahomes was able to find Chris Conley just over the goal line to tie the game up at 23 before the first half ended. Mahomes fourth touchdown pass came on second and goal and was the most routine scoring throw of the day for the quarterback. Mahomes took the snap and found Kelce on a shallow crossing pattern that the Rams had no chance of stopping. Mahomes penultimate touchdown pass came with him operating under center at his own 27 yard line. Mahomes took the snap and play-action faked to Hunt, Mahomes was able to sit in the pocket and take his time while Hill was busying destroying his cornerback in coverage. Mahomes threw the ball deep and by the time Hill caught it, there was not a Rams defender within 15 yards of him, which led to the easiest 73 yard touchdown pass and catch that you will ever see. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs at the Rams 10 yard line. Mahomes took the snap and found Conley again, this time on a drag pattern to the right sideline that the Rams were unable to contest.
2018 Week 13 vs OAK (23 / 38 / 295 / 4 / 0 pass, 9 / 52 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 38 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing nine times for 52 yards. Mahomes was not perfect on the day, as he and Hill had a lot of trouble finding their timing and Mahomes seemed a little eager in trying to create plays in the first half. With that said, he did a great job of spreading the ball out to seven different receivers, including 10 completions for 114 yards and two touchdowns to the likes Demetrius Harris, Demarcus Robinson, Damien Williams, Chris Conley and Spencer Ware. With Kareem Hunt now off the team and on the commissioners exempt list, the Chiefs offense will depend even more on Mahomes ability to throw the ball and create the type of big plays that Hunt was known for the last two seasons. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal at the Raiders three yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and fake the handoff to Ware, before rolling out to his right and hitting Kelce, who had dusted his defender with a sick in-out route where he pivoted on the goal line and reversed field to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs on the Raiders six yard line, with 12 seconds to go in the first half. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and immediately rolled to his right on a designed play to get him outside the pocket. The play called for Kelce to run a delayed out-route, where Hill ran an in-route in front of him and also acted as sort of a pick to give Kelce room on the goal line. Mahomes threw the ball where only Kelce could get it, low and outside, and Kelce made a fantastic catch on his fingertips while managing to roll inside the end zone to put the Chiefs up 19-7 just before the half. Mahomes third touchdown pass off the day came on a first and 10 from the Raiders 13 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and facing pressure from the Raiders pass rush, broke the pocket and rolled out to his right. While on the run, Mahomes threw a dart across his body back to the middle of the field where Harris was able to secure the touchdown catch with two Raiders defenders draped all over him. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal at the Raiders two yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun, and Hill again ran a rub route to the outside, which acted as a pick, allowing Conley to duck inside of him with his route and be wide open for the touchdown pass from Mahomes.
2018 Week 14 vs BAL (35 / 53 / 377 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 35 of 53 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, while also rushing two times for negative three yards. This was not the most efficient day for the Chiefs offense as the Ravens put constant pressure on Mahomes and held the offense to only four scoring drives in 10 possessions before overtime. Mahomes made some incredible plays, scrambling out of pressure and finding his receivers downfield. His biggest play of the day came on a fourth and nine with time running out in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs needing a touchdown. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and faded back into the pocket. The Ravens got a great pass rush and quickly forced Mahomes out of the pocket to his right. Mahomes darted to the right sideline keeping his eyes downfield and right as he reached the line of scrimmage, with three Ravens surrounding him, he threw the ball across his body to the middle of the field where Tyreek Hill was running across the field. Mahomes hit Hill with a perfect pass, but the play still took Hill stepping up to beat a Raven to the ball, and then turned the ball upfield for a 48 yard gain. Mahomes also made a ridiculous no look pass where he was running to his right and threw across his body without look at his receiver. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs at the Ravens 15 yard line, facing a third and six. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and look to his right before throwing a beautiful lob pass with a lot of touch, to Travis Kelce who ran a fade route to the left side of the end zone. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with 53 seconds left in the game, and the Chiefs facing a crucial fourth and three from the Ravens five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and faded to his right, finding Damien Williams, who was running a quick out-route, and Williams was able to find the endzone for the game tying touchdown. This allowed the Chiefs to win the game outright on their first possession in overtime.
2018 Week 15 vs LAC (24 / 34 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 34 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing two times for three yards. Mahomes had an average game by his standards, despite the fact that he moved the ball well and was able to set up four different drives that resulted in touchdowns. The Chiefs had almost too much talent on offense to start the season, but the loss of Kareem Hunt and Sammie Watkins has allowed defenses to commit more men to stopping Kelce and Hill. The Chiefs have gotten great production out of Williams and Spencer Ware (Ware missed this game due to injury), but Hunt was a much more dynamic player who was capable of getting a block and then making things happen on his own from there. This was especially true in the passing game where the Chiefs could scheme Hunt open with misdirection, dump off a screen pass to him and then watch him break a 40+ yard play. With this in mind, it is no wonder that the Chiefs struggled to create big plays in this game against the Chargers. That is what kept the game in reach and allowed the Chargers to pull of an improbably win at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers never wavered in their game plan and they were methodical in their drives, wearing down the Chiefs defense and then striking where the defense was stretched thin. Mahomes engineered four scoring drives, but they were not the quick-strike touchdowns that we have grown accustomed to, nor were they long, energy zapping drives that would have wore down the Chargers defense and allowed the Chiefs to get a quick touchdown when needed. Mahomes' first touchdown pass of the day with the Chiefs facing a second and goal at the Chargers five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and ran out to his right on a designed roll out. Mahomes got five yards from the right sideline and slowed down to a near full stop while looking for a receiver. A Chargers defender recognized this and took off from the goal line and rushed Mahomes. As he got to Mahomes and started to tackle him, Mahomes kept his head up, still looking for a receiver, and managed to throw a sidearm pass to Demarcus Robinson in the back of the end zone as he was being tackled. It was another play that can be added to the pantheon of unbelievable throws that Mahomes has made this season. Mahomes second and final touchdown pass of this game came with the Chiefs facing a second and 10 from the Chargers 11 yard line.
2018 Week 16 vs SEA (23 / 40 / 273 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes 23 of 40 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 33 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night. The Seahawks did a very good job of limiting the Chiefs ability to break big plays, as Mahomes had only three passing plays of 20+ yards on the day, with Hill, Kelce and Charcandrick West all contributing one catch to that total. Mahomes first passing touchdown of the day came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the two yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and dropped back as though he was going to hand off to Williams, who came through the right side of the line and took off to the right flat. Williams was wide open and Mahomes dumped off the pass to him for the easy two yard touchdown. Mahomes next touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Seattle 25 yard line. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with West lined up in the backfield to his right. Mahomes took the snap and after looking to his right, was chased out of the pocket toward the left sideline. Mahomes looked to tuck the ball in and commit to running the ball, but just as he hit the line of scrimmage, Mahomes changed his mind and threw the ball against his body to West who was running up the center of the field. Despite the difficulty of the throw, Mahomes hit West perfectly in stride, and there was no Seahawk sight to stop West from scoring the 25 yard touchdown. Mahomes final touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Seattle 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and after going through his progressions, was chased out of the pocket to his right. While on the run, Mahomes threw a highly accurate pass to DeMarcus Robinson who was coming back to his quarterback on the right side of the endzone. Mahomes threw the pass where only his receiver could make the catch, and Robinson made a nice snag while keeping his feet in bounds for the 11 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 17 vs OAK (14 / 24 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 14 of 24 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, while also rushing two times for one yard. While the scoreboard shows the Chiefs winning in a route, this game could have been much, much worse from a deficit standpoint, as the Chiefs possessed the ball nearly eight minutes less than the Raiders. Mahomes got it cracking right from the jump in this game, connecting with Hill on a 67 yard touchdown on the Chiefs first drive. With Kansas City facing a third and five at their own 33 yard line, Mahomes took the snap in shotgun with Hill lined up in the slot to his left. Hill stutter-stepped off the line and then got outside position on his man in the slot before taking off the down the field on a go-route. The Raiders were without safety help on Hill's side of the field and when that happens it is almost always going to result in a long touchdown. Mahomes threw a perfect ball in stride, and Hill secured the catch and ran it in for a 67 yard touchdown. Mahomes second, and final touchdown pass of the regular season came on the Chiefs first possession of the second half, facing a third and ten from their own 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and went through his progressions before being forced to step up in the pocket. As Mahomes was approaching the line of scrimmage he let a pass fly deep down the field to DeMarcus Robinson who was streaking up the right hand side of the field. Mahomes put the pass where Robinson could make a play on the ball, and the young receiver went up and high-pointed the ball. Robinson was also able to elude his defender on the way down with the catch while finding himself completely behind the Raiders secondary. Robinson jogged the ball the remaining 40 yards without being touched for the 89 yard touchdown. The touchdown pass was also Mahomes 50th touchdown pass of the year.
2018 Week 19 vs IND (27 / 41 / 278 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 1 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 41 passes for 278 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Mahomes also ran three times for seven yards and a touchdown. While Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown pass for only the second time this season, he did lead the Chiefs on four consecutive scoring drives to start the game. Mahomes showcased his arm talent in tough conditions at Arrowhead Stadium, throwing lofted passes where his receivers could run under them, bullets into tight coverage, and even a patented Mahomes side arm throw for good measure. Mahomes was ready to play from the jump, completing his first three passes for 61 yards to Hill, Kelce and Watkins, respectively, which set up Williams 10 yard rushing touchdown. The Chiefs came back with a touchdown score on their next drive, a 36 yard end-around to Tyreek Hill where Hill just blazed a trail right through the Colts secondary. Mahomes then completed four of nine passes for 40 yards on a 16 play drive that set up a 39 yard Harrison Butker field goal. On the Chiefs fourth drive, Mahomes showed the versatility in his game by scoring on a four yard scramble. The Chiefs were facing a second and goal from the Colts four yard line, up 17-7 with 1:45 left in the first half. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun with Williams in the back field next to him. Williams took off for the left right flat and the Colts got a good rush that flushed Mahomes out of the pocket to the right. Mahomes took off towards the right sideline and as he approached the line of scrimmage, Mahomes threw a pass fake that created just enough room for him to dive at the right pilon and score the touchdown. While the Chiefs only scored once in the second half, Mahomes was able to move the football down the field and take a massive amount of time off the clock. In their first three drives of the second half that resulted in two punts and one turnover on downs, the Chiefs ran 29 plays. This was the type of performance that many pundits were waiting to see from Mahomes and Andy Reid, but they still face a stern test next week when the Patriots come to town.
2018 Week 20 vs NE (16 / 31 / 295 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of 31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing two times for 11 yards. The difference in this game was the fact that the Patriots shut down Mahomes and the Chiefs offense in the first half. Kansas City generated only 65 total yards by the end of the second quarter and trailed the Patriots 14-0, which proved to be one touchdown too many. In the second half, Mahomes came out firing, and it was even more impressive that Hill and Kelce combined for only four catches, proving once again that Mahomes is not just a distributor, but capable of creating plays on his own and throwing his receivers open. Mahomes first touchdown pass came early in the third quarter with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Patriots 12 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking only one place the entire play, and that was to Kelce running a slant out of the right slot position. Kelce got inside position on his man and drifted towards the center of the field, which gave Mahomes an easy window to zip in the touchdown pass, cutting the New England lead to 14-7 after only two minutes of play in the third quarter. Mahomes struck again at the end of the third quarter, completing a 33 yard pass to Williams, which set up his second touchdown pass. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Patriots one yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and immediately rolled out to his right, where Williams was running hard to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes waited as long as he could for Williams to clear his man and then threw a bullet to his running back, who was able to just come down with the catch in-bounds. Mahomes final touchdown pass of the season came with the Chiefs facing a second and ten from the Patriots 23 yard line. Mahomes took the snap in shotgun and play-action faked to Williams who came across the formation from the right side. Mahomes faded to his left before throwing a lobbed screen pass to Williams on the right side. The play was designed perfectly, and Williams was able to cover the 23 yards untouched on his way to the endzone.
2017 Week 17 vs DEN (22 / 35 / 284 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 10 / 0 rush)
Mahomes came out of the gate hot with a long ball to Demetrius Harris on third and long that was followed by a Kareem Hunt touchdown run. He was picked off on his second drive, and botched an exchange and was sacked on his third drive. He converted another third and long on his fourth drive, only for the drive to stall out before the Chiefs crossed midfield. Mahomes then hooked up with Albert Wilson repeatedly and was stopped just short of the goal line before Anthony Sherman finished the drive with a score to give the team a lead at the half. In the second half, Mahomes led an eight-plus field goal drive and then led another field goal drive late in the fourth quarter to win the game.