QB Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 225||Born: 9-17-1995||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
Week 7: vs Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Great matchup. There hasn't yet been an antidote produced for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' dazzling pass game. The robust numbers are becoming commonplace: he's averaging 311 yards per game and has topped 300 in 5 straight. Along the way, he's completed 65% of his passes and thrown 14 touchdowns. The creative, cannon-armed Mahomes could hardly be matched with a more dynamic receiving corps. Tyreek Hill's blazing, versatile game was on full display last week, scorching the Patriots for three touchdowns of varying types and lengths. Travis Kelce is a walking mismatch in the slot and down the seams, far too powerful for defensive backs to shield from the ball. And Sammy Watkins is displaying the speed and elusiveness he once flashed in Buffalo. It's certainly possible to goad Mahomes into mistakes - he's thrown two interceptions in each of the last two games and had another dropped last Sunday night. But Andy Reid will take those miscues while his young passer is generating such dynamite. Mahomes is athletic, powerful, and ruthlessly aggressive, yet generally poised as he attacks tight defensive gaps. There's too much explosiveness in this unit to just project regression for the sake of it. The Bengals' defensive shortcomings have absolutely spread to their pass defense here in 2018. Through 6 games, they're allowing quarterbacks to complete over 66% of their throws and average 303 yards. Four of their opponents have notched 319 or more, and 3 have thrown multiple touchdowns. There's a dynamic pass rush in place here, as well as talented cover men, but the cohesiveness just hasn't been there. That has never been more apparent than on last week's final Steelers possession, on which JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown traded off chances to squeeze between the Bengals' poorly-patrolled zones for big plays. Even with cornerback William Jackson III blossoming into a star, unacceptable splash plays are becoming commonplace for this disappointing unit.
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Recent Game Summaries
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Latest NewsChiefs | Patrick Mahomes throws for four more TDs (Mon Oct 15, 12:23 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes finished 23-of-36 for 352 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a pair of interceptions in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots. He added two carries for nine yards. link to story Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes headed for rough outing? (Sat Oct 13, 09:52 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes faces the New England Patriots in Week 6, and the last eight quarterbacks to face the Patriots with fewer than 10 career starts under their belts have gone a combined 0-8 with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. link to story Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes blanked in pass TDs (Sun Oct 7, 09:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 22-of-38 passes for 313 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, although he did rush for a score. link to story
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