QB Patrick Mahomes II - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 225||Born: 9-17-1995||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
Week 20: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Good matchup. Patrick Mahomes may have closed out the season with a few question marks with multiple passing touchdowns in just two of his last six games and an uncharacteristic four interceptions over that span, but he squashed all concern last week with his spectacular 321-yard, 5-touchdown thrashing of the Texans. Mahomes also had one of his best games of the season back in Week 10 against the Titans (446 yards and three touchdowns), so he will enter this matchup with plenty of confidence. Tight end Travis Kelce should also be riding high coming into this week, as he finished the regular season as the top-producing fantasy tight end and is also coming off a massive performance of 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns last week--his first multi-touchdown game of 2019. Kelce has handily led the Chiefs passing attack in targets and remains the most predictable piece of this passing offense. Tyreek Hill has been quiet in recent weeks with fewer than 75 yards in each of his last seven games and only two scores over that span. However, he exploded for a season-high 11 catches, 157 yards, and a touchdown the last time these two teams met--and the Titans secondary is in worse shape now than they were back in Week 10, which should only bode well for Hill. The Titans passing defense is far from a scary unit on paper, as they finished the regular season ranked 24th allowing 255 passing yards per game while racking up a mediocre 43 sacks (T-13th). Finding a consistent pass rush has been a struggle for this team all season, but they did get to Lamar Jackson four times last week. These Titans edge rushers should be in for a challenge against stout Chiefs tackles this week though, and Patrick Mahomes is one of the more elusive quarterbacks in football. The real story here is Tennessee's secondary, which has been noted as a highly susceptible unit. They have allowed plenty of yards to be racked up against them on multiple occasions, including a season-high 446 yards from Mahomes back in Week 10 and 365 yards from Jackson last week. However, where this defense has excelled is through their playmaking ability, finishing tied with the eighth-most interceptions (14) in the season while racking up three interceptions during the postseason. Kevin Byard is one of the top safeties in football while slot cornerback Logan Ryan is having arguably the best season of his career. Outside cornerback Adoree Jackson is back from injury and playing well, while late-season addition Trumaine Brock is surprising many with his physical and relatively effective play. With that all said, this group will still have challenges containing the many weapons on this Chiefs offense. Even if they assign Byard to watch over Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce can easily gash this team that has notably struggled to cover tight ends, giving up the seventh-most yards (916) to the position during the regular season. Both Hill and Kelce have distinct advantages in their matchups, so the Titans will definitely need a few big plays by this defense to have a chance at stopping the dynamic Chiefs passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Patrick Mahomes II's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs HOU (23 / 35 / 321 / 5 / 0 pass, 7 / 53 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 35 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. In the Chiefs win over the Texans on Sunday. Mahomes also rushed seven times for 53 yards. This was a tale of two games, the first consisting of the opening 19 minutes, and the second being the final 31 minutes. In the first, the Chiefs get themselves in a massive 24 point hole before Mahomes reminds us why he is the reigning MVP and puts up 51 points, including four touchdown passes in the second quarter alone. It took all of 18 plays from scrimmage in the second quarter for Mahomes to throw four touchdown passes and take the lead 28-24 heading into the second half. The first of Mahomes touchdown passes came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Texans 17 yard line. With Williams lined to his left, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked immediately to Williams who was running a wheel route up the left sideline. The pass was thrown while Williams was still running hard with his eyes upfield and was put in the perfect place, so much so that the ball was nearly in Williams gut by the time he looked back. From there Williams beat the Texans secondary to the goal line without being touched, sparking one of the greatest playoff comebacks in the history of the sport. Mahomes second touchdown pass came four plays later, with the Chiefs looking at a first and goal from the Texans five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and faced a collapsing pocket, which forced him to step up and out towards the right sideline. From there it may have looked as though Mahomes was being tackled from behind, but in reality he dove to the right which gave him the proper angle to throw a sidearm pass to Kelce, who was running a crossing pattern towards the right sideline. The pass came low and out to his left, but Kelce was able to make an impressive catch, while also keeping his momentum moving upfield which allowed him to dive across the goal line for the five yard touchdown. The Mahomes to Kelce connection struck again, this time three plays later with the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Texans six yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and ran a bootleg to the right sideline. As Mahomes neared the right sideline, Kelce cut off his route and moved slightly back to the middle of the field, giving Mahomes an opening to fit the ball into. Kelce caught the pass cleanly and was able to run the remaining two yards untouched for the six yard touchdown. The duo was not done though, as Mahomes threw a third touchdown pass to Kelce with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the game. Facing a third and goal from the Texans five yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and ran a bootleg to the left side of the field, essentially the mirror image of the previous touchdown pass. Again, Kelce ran an out-route to the left sideline and right as Mahomes was about to cross the line of scrimmage--forcing the Texans defender who was covering Kelce to commit towards Watson--he stopped his route again and sat down in the one spot that was vacated by the feeling Texans defender. Mahomes was able to get enough on a shotput-like throw to hit Kelce, who had camped out just across the goal line. The play will most likely be remembered by Mahomes baiting the Texans secondary into making a move that forced a gap in their zone defense, a move that was made while Mahomes had to travel parallel to the line of scrimmage on his last stride before stopping short and throwing to Kelce. However, I will remember it with respect to the pass that Mahomes threw, perhaps the 100th different throw variation we've seen from him in his two short years a starter. This one was a shotput motion that was thrown against his body back to the middle of the field while running to the left sideline. The throw is so difficult to make, and the angle is so severe, Mahomes had to actually stop his feet just to get enough on the pass. A pass that traveled only six yards, yet he was one of maybe three players in the NFL who could have made that play, and he made it at the most important time. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Houston eight-yard line. Preceding this play, Mahomes had completed passes of 23 yards, 13 yards and 28 yards. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and play-action faked a handoff to Williams, before looking to Blake Bell, who was running a wheel-like route that started with him lined up just behind the end of the left side of the line. The Texans secondary reacted too late and Bell was able to cross the goal line easily for an eight yard touchdown.
2019 Week 17 vs LAC (16 / 25 / 174 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 21 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of 25 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown with one interception, and rushed seven times for 21 yards. Mahomes did not have a banner day, as the Chiefs struggled to move the ball through the air, but the most important thing was that Mahomes looked fully healthy. He scrambled out of the pocket with the same burst we are used to seeing, and although he didn't take any sacks, he did get hit hard on a couple of occasions. Mahomes touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Chargers 24 yard line that was set up by a 30 yard strike to Hardman on the play before. Mahomes took the snap out the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive lineman. Mahomes waited for Robinson to make his break to the inside on a deep post route. As soon as Robinson stuck his foot in the ground and broke to the inside, Mahomes fired a pass that was perfectly fit inside two Chargers defenders and out in front of Robinson. Robinson had to dive and extend to make a great catch on the ball, which was the Chiefs first touchdown of the day, paving the way for three more Chiefs second half touchdowns. Mahomes has not closed the year on a good note, as Mahomes has only one 300+ yard passing game in hist last six games after opening the season with five straight 300+ yard passing games. He will look to bounce back in the playoffs, with the Chiefs having 14 days to prepare for their next opponent.
2019 Week 16 vs CHI (23 / 33 / 251 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 1 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 33 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Mahomes also chipped in 14 yards and a touchdown on two carries. After starting off the season with 300+ yards passing in five consecutive games, Mahomes has reached that peak only twice in his last eight games. With that said, it is hard to find any fault in Mahomes performance against the Bears, as the Chiefs game plan was to stick to short and intermediate passing routes in order to neutralize the Bears aggressive blitz packages, and the game plan worked to perfection. The Chiefs offensive line did a great job in keeping Mahomes upright while giving him the requisite time to complete quick strikes to his receivers. Mahomes set the pace for this game on the Chiefs first possession, leading the offense on a 17 play drive that culminated in a 12 yard Mahomes touchdown run. With the Chiefs facing a third and five from the Bears 12 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and after taking a full drop was immediately met with a defender getting pressure on the right side of the formation. Mahomes then tucked the ball and took off around the left side of the line, outrunning the entire Chicago defense on his way to an un-touched 12 yard touchdown run. That play was the fourth third down conversion of the drive for the Chiefs, which included third and 10 and third and 18 conversions. Mahomes first touchdown pass came two drives later with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Chicago six yard line. Prior to this play, the Chiefs offense had worn down the Bears defense with another 16 play drive. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and faked the handoff to Williams. Mahomes started to slightly fade to his left which allowed him to set up a side-arm (arm angle) throw to Kelce, who ran a quick double move route where he faked a short out-route before cutting back to the middle of the field. Mahomes throw was perfect, a little behind Kelce which allowed the ball to directly fit in between two defenders. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and eight from the Chicago 14 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately after completing his three step drop, he swung the ball out to Williams who was running his route to the left sideline. The pass hit Williams directly in stride, and he was able to elude a Bears defender with a quick hesitation move before crossing the goal line for the 14 yard touchdown. The Chiefs came into this game with a great game plan that revolved around neutralizing the Bears aggressive pass rush. Mahomes never wavered from the game plan, so much so that this was the first game in Mahomes career where he did not attempt a pass of over 20 yards downfield.
2019 Week 15 vs DEN (27 / 34 / 340 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passes for 340 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Mahomes statistics are even more impressive than they look when you consider that much of the game was played with heavy snow falling. Mahomes didn't waste any time before getting going, leading the Chiefs to a touchdown drive on their first possession which ended up being all the points they technically needed to win this game. With the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Broncos 41 yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and play-action faked the handoff to his running back. He was given a clean pocket by his offensive line and was able to let Hill's deep post route develop before stepping up in the pocket and throwing a beautiful 40 yard pass to Hill perfectly in stride. The pass landed just out in front of Hill, which made it an easy catch on the run and a 41 yard touchdown for the big play receiver. The Broncos had Hill in double coverage, but it didn't matter because neither of his defenders could keep up with him stride for stride, especially when he is running across the field at an angle. Mahomes had a wide margin for error on the throw given Hill's speed, but he didn't need it as the pass could not have been in a better place had Mahomes been able to hand the ball to Hill. Mahomes second touchdown pass came on the Chiefs first possession of the second half with Kansas City facing a first and goal from the Denver five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately rolled out to his left on a designed bootleg pass. Hill was positioned on the inside left slot and ran a simple out-route to the left sideline that he set up by faking to the inside of the field. When Hill made his cut to the outside, he did it at the perfect spot which allowed Watkins to act as a pick on Hill's defender. Mahomes completed the easy pass to a wide open Hill for the five yard touchdown. Mahomes and Kelce were unstoppable in this game, as Kelce was able to create separation immediately off the line of scrimmage and then keep that gap or even widen it with his speed and his defenders trying to navigate a snow-covered field.
2019 Week 14 vs NE (26 / 40 / 283 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 6 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Mahomes came out swinging against the Patriots, throwing for over 200 yards in the first half before the Patriots changed their game plan and held him to under 100 yards passing in the second half. The Chiefs came away with a win, but it was not without a price, as Mahomes injured his hand. The first reports are that Mahomes did not suffer any broken bones on the play, however, he did say that it was swollen and could have an effect on the way he grips the football. Mahomes only touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a second and 25 from the Patriots 48 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and had quite a while to stay in the pocket and wait for his receiver's routes to develop. When the Patriots finally breached the pocket, Mahomes calmly faded back and delivered a strike down the field to Hardman who was running a deep out-post route to the left sideline. The pass was a little behind Hardman, but the receiver made a nice adjustment on the ball, catching it and then dodging two defenders on his way to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown. This was not Mahomes most prolific day passing, but he managed to do enough to lead the Chiefs to victory and avenge their loss in the AFC Championship game from last season.
2019 Week 13 vs OAK (15 / 29 / 175 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 25 / 1 rush)
Mahomes had a quiet fantasy afternoon, in part because of a good performance by the Raiders defense in part because running backs accounted for two scores on the ground. He was in retreat mode most of the afternoon and Tyreek Hill never got free deep. A touchdown to Demarcus Robinson was wiped off of the board via penalty and Travis Kelce had a few drops that hurt Mahomes bottom line. He also had a possible pick six dropped and another interception thrown in the Oakland end zone taken off of the board due to questionable review. His touchdown pass was a simple swing pass to Darrel Williams and he looked swift as a runner on his rushing score.
2019 Week 11 vs LAC (19 / 32 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 59 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 19 of 32 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Chiefs win over the Chargers on Monday. Mahomes also rushed five times for 59 yards, leading the Chiefs in rushing yards on the evening. The rushing total was a career high for Mahomes, and this speaks volumes about Mahomes ability to impact a game because it came on a night when he had his career low with respect to passing yards. Mahomes could not get much going on a night where he lost Tyreek Hill early in the game with a hamstring injury. The Chargers were dropping into coverage and forcing the Chiefs to beat them on the ground, but in doing so they lost track of Mahomes ability to scramble. This directly influenced the game as Mahomes was able to run for critical first downs on third and two (20 yard run) and third and seven (24 yard run). Both of these plays highlighted the fact that the Chargers were willing to let the Chiefs beat them on the ground, as they had dropped so many men into coverage that once Mahomes got outside the pocket he didn't hit his first defender until nearly 20 yards downfield. Mahomes only touchdown pass of the night came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Chargers 23 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and while dropping back, was hit with a Chargers pass rush from both sides. Mahomes continued to fade back, giving himself time to throw the ball downfield. Mahomes made a very accurate throw to Kelce, who was running an outside post from the left side of the formation. The ball was exactly where it needed to be, out in front of Kelce and out of range of the two Chargers defenders that had let Kelce get to the perfect spot in between them. Kelce made a fantastic toe tapping catch in the end zone, and this touchdown proved to be the difference in the game.
2019 Week 10 vs TEN (36 / 50 / 446 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 36 of 50 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Chiefs week 10 loss to the Titans. On a day where the Chiefs needed everything in Mahomes arsenal, he nearly pulled off a win despite his defense giving him no help. Mahomes did record a moral victory of sots though, as he came out of this game no worse for the wear after dislocating his kneecap only three short weeks ago. With this in mind, it would have made sense if Mahomes was still a bit rusty, but he showed no signs of that. In fact, he looked exactly like he had early in the season, and he made some incredible throws that require full confidence in a crowded pocket. Mahomes first touchdown pass came on the Chiefs initial drive. Facing a first and goal from the Titans three yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and play action faked to Damien Williams, who was coming across the line from right to left. Right after the fake, Mahomes threw a shovel pass to Travis Kelce who followed the same trajectory as Williams. The shovel pass around the goal-line has been a staple of Andy Reid's offense for quite some time, and the Chiefs run it to perfection with so many pieces that can keep a defense off balance. Mahomes second touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Titans 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with three receives bunched to his right and Williams sprinting in motion to the right side of the formation just prior to the snap. It was a clear out route for Hill, who ran a crossing route where he basically angled himself diagonally to the back left corner of the endzone and ran to it. Hill was able to get two steps on his defender immediately, and from there it was an easy pass from Mahomes for a touchdown. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and nine from their own 37 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out the shotgun and was immediately faced with an aggressive Titans pass rush. In order to get enough juice on his pass, Mahomese jumped up and threw the ball to Hardman, who was running a crossing route from the right to the left sideline. By jumping, Mahomes bought himself an extra beat and some leverage to get the ball to Hardman. It was a perfect pass directly out in front of Hardman, in stride, which allowed the rookie receiver to just keep running at full speed. He did just that, and outran the entire Titans secondary on his way to a 63 yard touchdown.
2019 Week 7 vs DEN (10 / 11 / 76 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs 30-6 victory over the Broncos on Thursday night. Mahomes got off to a fast start against the Broncos, throwing a touchdown pass on the Chiefs first drive, however, it wasn't long before the Chiefs Super Bowl hopes came crashing down as Mahomes suffered what was originally thought to be a very gruesome knee injury. The injury turned out to be a dislocated kneecap, and it looks as though it will keep the star quarterback out for three weeks or so. Mahomes only touchdown pass came on the Chiefs first drive with the offense facing a third and two from the Broncos 21 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked to Hardman running a crossing route. The pass was out in front of Hardman and the receiver initially bobbled the ball, but was able to tuck it back in and turn the corner for the 21 yard touchdown. Mahomes would leave the game after only three drives.
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (19 / 35 / 273 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 19 of 35 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the Chiefs loss to the Texans on Sunday. This was the third straight game that the opposing defense has slowed down Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, although in fairness, Mahomes being slowed down is equal to a great game for many other quarterbacks. Mahomes got off to a really good start, hitting Tyreek Hill for a touchdown on the Chiefs first possession, and then engineering drives that ended with a field goal and a touchdown on the next two possessions. Unfortunately, the Chiefs only scored points on one of their last six drives, which allowed the Texans to mount a comeback in the second half. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and 21 from the Houston 36 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a gift of a clear offside penalty on the Texans defensive line. Mahomes took advantage of the free play and dropped back in the pocket, waiting for his receivers to get downfield. With nothing to lose, Mahomes threw a deep pass to Hill, who was in double coverage. The pass was a little behind and to the left of Hill, which turned out to be a good thing as it gave him a running start before he jumped up and made the catch directly over a Texans defender. Then with two defenders on his back and another coming in for the tackle, Hill was able to pull them towards the end zone and stretch out for a 46 yard touchdown. Mahomes gets the credit for many of his touchdown passes, but this one was all Hill. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten at the Houston 14 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately forced back by an aggressive Texans pass rush. Mahomes then dumped the ball off to Damien Williams on a designed screen pass. Williams got good blocking and was able to build up his speed as he hit the sideline before cutting back to the middle of the field and scoring easily for a 14 yard touchdown. Mahomes final touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Texans six yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately flushed from the pocket, taking off and rushing up the middle and toward the right sideline. As he closed in on the line of scrimmage, Mahomes was able to complete a short pass to a wide open Hill for the six yard touchdown. As far as difficulty goes, this was the easiest three touchdowns that Mahomes will probably have all year. The lack of points in the second half is somewhat alarming as the Chiefs have now lost back to back games and their last win was one where they needed to score on the last drive of the game to beat the Lions. Mahomes looked fine with respect to his ankle injury, so it could simply be a product of teams studying tape and finding a scheme that works against the Chiefs, at least for now, but I'd put my money on Andy Reid figuring out some more wrinkles to add to his dynamic offense moving forward.
2019 Week 5 vs IND (22 / 39 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 39 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 17 yards on three carries. For the second straight game, Mahomes was held in check by the opposing defense, although a big part of that could have been Mahomes injuring his ankle early in the game. He gutted out a respectable performance all things considered, but he was clearly playing at less than a 100% and you have to give the Colts defense credit for containing him despite missing two starters in their secondary. Mahomes made several plays that left you shaking your head, as he has mastered the art of throwing on the run, whether it be to his right or his left. With the Chiefs facing a second and 16 from the Colts 37 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately forced out of the pocket, scrambling to the left sideline. While on the run, Mahomes slowed slightly and threw a sidearm pass across his body to Kelce, who was open in the middle of the field for an 18 yard gain. Despite being open, the only way the pass gets completed is if Mahomes is able to deliver an accurate pass to Kelce. Forget accurate, Mahomes put the ball perfectly in Kelce's hands, while on the run...throwing against his body. It was the type of play that Mahomes makes every week and is starting to become routine, but is anything but when you watch the other 31 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. That play set up the Chiefs only offensive touchdown, which came with the offense facing a third and 18 from the Colts 27 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and was faced with a Colts pass rush that was coming from both sides and had collapsed the middle of the pocket. Mahomes started to retreat, and in doing so, made an unbelievable fake on the defensive end rushing from his right. Mahomes faded backward and looked as though he was going to rush to his left, but made a quick fake to the center of the field and then rushed hard to his right to leave the Colts pass-rush in the dust. He ran up the right sideline for 18 yards, and while still behind the line of scrimmage, threw a pass on the run to Pringle who was coming back to his quarterback from the back of the end zone. Pringle caught the ball right on the goal line for an improbable touchdown, and a play that will become iconic in terms of Mahomes ability to improvise after the play breaks down. Mahomes was unable to lead the offense to any more touchdowns, but it was hardly his fault, playing on a tweaked ankle and without his top two receivers.
2019 Week 4 vs DET (24 / 42 / 315 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 54 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Mahomes also rushed six times for 54 yards. This was only the third time since Mahomes became the Chiefs starter last season that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Coming into the game, Mahomes had thrown for 10 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He did keep his streak of 300 yard passing games alive, with four consecutive games to start the season. The Lions surprisingly kept Mahomes in check by playing man to man defense and double teaming Travis Kelce on a lot of plays, while also choosing to double Watkins, Hardman and Robinson on certain looks. This was surprising not only because of Mahomes prior production (and talent), but also due to the Lions missing star cornerback Darius Slay and losing safety Quandry Diggs to an injury in the first quarter. The Chiefs offensive production is a mix of Mahomes innate talent and the scheming of Andy Reid, but without the deep ball open to him, Mahomes had difficulty getting the ball to Hardman and Robinson, with the two combining for six catches for 44 yards on 14 targets. Mahomes did find a small way to exploit the Lions defensive scheme in the second half, which was to run when they dropped a second linebacker in coverage. This was highly apparent on the games biggest play, a fourth and eight from the Chiefs 34 yard line with 1:55 left in the game and the Chiefs down 39-27. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and after dropping back he noticed that Kelce was being double teamed. He tucked the ball and split the line rushing straight up the middle for a 15 yard gain that kept the drive alive and allowed them to score the winning touchdown. This type of game is super rare for Mahomes, and while other teams will try and copy the Lions game plan, in the end the Chiefs still won the game.
2019 Week 3 vs BAL (27 / 37 / 374 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing four times for nine yards. Another week, another monster performance from Mahomes. The most impressive part has been Mahomes efficiency, as he is averaging only 38 attempts per game while throwing 10 touchdowns without an interception to start the season. Mahomes first touchdown pass of the game came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Ravens 18 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking left the entire time. He started to fade back onto his back foot before throwing a deep ball to Demarcus Robinson in the corner of the end zone. Robinson made what was perhaps the play of the game, leaping up off of one foot and catching the ball with his outstretched right hand. While Robinson's catch was impressive, watching Mahomes throw a perfect ball off his back foot on an outside-post route to the corner of the endzone, was equally impressive. The pass was also Mahomes fifth straight touchdown pass to the left side of the field, three of which have gone to Robinson. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from their own 17 yard line. Mahomes was lined up in the shotgun and motioned Watkins from the outside left position to the inside left slot. This motion confused the Ravens defense, as when Mahomes took the snap, the nickel back went right to where Watkins was lined up before the snap. This allowed Mecole Hardman to get a free release off the line, and with his speed, that was bound to cause problems. Hardman ran free down the middle of the field before Mahomes found him perfectly in stride at midfield. From there it was a foot race and the Ravens had no chance, as Hardman ran untouched into the endzone for an 83 yard touchdown. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a second and nine from the Ravens 14 yard line. Mahomes took the snap and faked the handoff to McCoy in the backfield before fading onto his backfoot and throwing a screen pass to McCoy as the Ravens defensive line started to get pressure in the backfield. From there, McCoy did the rest, weaving once to the middle of the field and then back towards the sideline before being touched for the first time by a Ravens defender. McCoy managed to fall forward from the two yard line for the 14 yard touchdown.
2019 Week 2 vs OAK (30 / 44 / 443 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes had a monster day in the Chiefs win over the Raiders, completing 30 of 44 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns. With Tyreek Hill injured, Mahomes has once again proven he is a playmaker and much more than a distributor. DeMarcus Robinson was the next man up and Mahomes completed all six of his passes to him for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The first of these touchdowns came with the Chiefs down 10-0 late in the first quarter and facing a first and 10 from the Raiders 44 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked to his left the entire time. Robinson ran a straight go-route from the left inside slot position and the Raiders blew the coverage completely. Robinson was left wide open and Mahomes dropped a lob pass into him for an easy 44 yard touchdown. Mahomes second touchdown pass of the second quarter came after he had completed seven passes on the drive, and the Chiefs were facing a third and 20 from the Raiders 42 yard line. Hardman was lined up in the inside left slot position and ran a deep post to the middle of the field. He blew by the Raiders safeties and Mahomes threw a perfect ball to Hardman in stride for a 42 yard touchdown. Mahomes wasn't done yet in the second quarter though, as the Chiefs started their next possession from their own six yard line. After completing consecutive passes to Damien Williams (32 yards) and DeMarcus Robinson (43 yards), Mahomes found himself facing a second and 17 from the Raiders 27 yard line after an illegal block penalty on the offensive line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Travis Kelce bunched in the slot to his left. Kelce faked out his defender off the line and got outside position on him, leaving him room to run a go route up the left sideline. Mahomes looked straight to Kelce the whole way and dropped an absolute dime into his hands at the two yard line. The ball was in the perfect spot for only Kelce to catch it, resulting in a 27 yard touchdown and Mahomes third of the second quarter. He still wasn't done though. The Chiefs got the ball back with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and at the Oakland 39 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Robinson lined up on his left. Robinson ran a go-route up the left sideline, maintaining outside position the entire time. Mahomes got time in the pocket to go through his progressions and then uncorked a bomb to Robinson, which he threw at Robinson's back-shoulder. Robinson turned around at the last second and snatched the ball for a 39 yard touchdown. It was a perfect pass from Mahomes, and a fantastic catch from Robinson. It also happened to be Mahomes fourth touchdown pass of the second quarter, setting another NFL record for the third year quarterback.
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (25 / 33 / 378 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 25 of 33 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing one time for two yards. Mahomes wasted absolutely no time in putting the rest of the league on notice this season, connecting with Watkins for a 68 yard touchdown on the Chiefs third offensive play of the game. With the Chiefs facing a third and three from their own 32 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the Shotgun formation and pump faked to the right side before going through his progressions. After pumping to the left side, Mahomes hit Watkins over the middle at the Chiefs 40 yard line. Watkins primary defender tried to jump the route but was late getting to the ball, allowing Watkins to turn the ball up-field. At the time of Watkins catching the ball, he is surrounded in a circle by six Jaguars defenders with only DeMarcus Robinson as a capable blocker. That wasn't a problem for Houdini Watkins though, as he cut up the field and juked two Jaguars defenders out of their shoes while expertly using Robinson's block to create an angle where the Jaguars defenders could not catch him on his way to a 68 yard touchdown. Mahomes next touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the 50 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center with four receivers bunched in the slot on both sides, with no offensive players lined up outside the hash mark. Mahomes play-action faked to Damien Williams in the backfield and then looked off the Jaguars safeties with his eyes, drawing coverage to the left side of the field. Mahomes waited for Watkins to run a shallow crossing route from the left to the right, only the played called for Watkins to turn upfield similar to a wheel-route. It was a genius level play call by Andy Reid, as by the time Watkins had turned up field, there was not a Jaguar defender within 10 yards of him. Mahomes threw a perfect lob pass to Watkins, capping off a 50 yard touchdown for their second connection of the game. But wait, there's more! Mahomes finished his day with a third touchdown pass to Watkins, this time from three yards out with the Chiefs facing a second and goal. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, directing McCoy to motion to the left side of the formation before snapping the ball. On the right side, Watkins was lined up out wide and ran a quick drag to the middle of the field before stopping on a dime and pivoting hard to the right side of the end zone. It is a route that Travis Kelce has been using his size/speed combination to kill his defenders with the last two seasons, and Watkins followed his lead to a tee. Watkins quick cut gave him a step on his defender and then Mahomes threw a perfect pass out away to the sideline, which allowed Watkins to use his length to snag the touchdown catch without his defender having a chance to make a play on the ball.
Latest NewsChiefs | Kansas City advances to AFC Championship Game (Sun Jan 12, 06:36 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans. He also led the team with 53 rushing yards on seven attempts. RB Damien Williams ran 12 times for 47 yards with two touchdowns, while adding two grabs for 21 yards and a third score. TE Travis Kelce had a monster game with 10 grabs, 134 yards and three touchdowns. WR Sammy Watkins had two grabs for 76 yards and he added 14 rushing yards. WR Tyreek Hill ran three times for 41 yards with a four-yard run and one lost fumble. WR Mecole Hardman was good for two receptions and 19 yards, while WR Demarcus Robinson ended his day with one catch for four yards on four targets. Our View: Mahomes was a cool customer and the Chiefs got even more special teams and defense breaks than the Texans by the time the game was over. The Chiefs offense is clicking at the right time although the Titans beat them earlier this year. Kelce had a record-breaking performance as the first player to catch three touchdowns in a quarter in the postseason.
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