QB Patrick Mahomes II - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 225||Born: 9-17-1995||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 20 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 294 / 3 / 0 pass, 8 / 53 / 1 rush)
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 35 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs win over the Titans on Sunday. Mahomes also showed of his versatility, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, which included a 27 yard touchdown run just before the first half ended that put the Chiefs up for the first time in the game. With the Chiefs facing a second and ten from the Titans 27 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket for nearly four seconds before the Titans pass rush forced him out of the pocket. Mahomes took off his to left with three Seahawks in hot pursuit. Mahomes managed to allude the first diving tackle by throwing a smooth little hesitation step where he looked downfield and slowed up slightly before tucking the ball and scrambling to his left. Mahomes next move will be replayed for years to come, as will the rest of this play, with Mahomes throwing a no-look fake that consisted of him turning his hips and shoulders back towards the middle of the field like he was going to throw a pass. Only, Mahomes didn't attempt the pass, instead he tucked the ball again and left his defenders in the dust, rushing up the left sideline. Mahomes would not encounter another Titans defender until the six yard line after he cut the ball back to the middle of the field. At the six, Mahomes slipped out of a sloppy, yet somewhat effective tackle attempt by spinning out of it, while at the same time dodging an incoming Titan defender who had a clean shot on Mahomes chest. From there, he avoided another strip/tackle attempt by the Titans and carried his man into the end zone for an improbable 27 yard touchdown that put the Chiefs up 21-17 with 11 seconds to go in the first half. The touchdown run completely changed the momentum and gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Titans eight yard line. Earlier in the drive, Mahomes was forced out of the pocket, scrambling to his right. On the full-run, Mahomes used a ¾ motion and delivered a 37 yard strike right on the money to a diving Hill along the right sideline. It was another example of the myriad type of throws Mahomes is able to make look routine, while they are anything but. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and lightly tossed the ball in front of him to a streaking Hill. Prior to the snap, Hill was lined up to the right directly behind the end of the Chiefs offensive line. At the snap, Hill ran across the face of Mahomes and caught the drop ball while immediately dodging a "potential" tackle attempt by a Titans defender by changing his course a bit wider running to the left sideline. Hill is so fast that once he turned the corner, there was nothing the Titans could do to get a hand on him, let alone try to tackle him before the star wideout crossed the goal line for the eight yard touchdown reception. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a second and 10 from the Titans 20 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to his left the entire time for Hill, who was running his route out of the left inside slot position. When a receiver comes off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, the rhythm usually consists of the receiver throwing a quick juke where they are faking to either side and then taking off to run their route. However, in this case, the juke was the route, as Hill employed a second juke directly after his first juke that froze his defender and allowed him to get to the outside unimpeded. After Hill got the first step, the route was over as there is no defender fast enough to recover against Hill in the short field. There was no safety help and no Titans defender in the middle of the field to make a play on the ball, so Hill was able to get by his defender and catch an easy 20 yard pass from Mahomes. The Mahomes to Hill connection put up 14 straight points for the Chiefs at a time when the Chiefs really needed to keep the game close, as the Titans are a completely different team when they have a lead and can let Derrick Henry wear down the Chiefs defense. Mahomes third touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and six from the Titans 40 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive line. After three seconds, Mahomes took off his left but immediately stopped short when he saw the pressure coming from the right side of the Titans defensive line. Mahomes then stepped back into the pocket and went through his progressions--again--before scrambling to his right and throwing a 50 yard deep ball on the run to Watkins who was streaking down the middle of the field. There are maybe a handful of quarterbacks in the NFL who could make that throw 30% of the time, yet Mahomes seems to make it every time. Watkins got behind his defender and Mahomes throw had enough juice on it to hit Watkins nearly on the dead run, yet still deep enough where he could outrun his defender on the way to a 60 yard touchdown. That was the final nail in the coffin, putting the Chiefs up 35-17 with seven minutes left in the game, clinching their first Super Bowl berth in over 50 years. Mahomes led the Chiefs to five touchdowns that averaged 72 yards per drive, a great indicator of the high level Mahomes is playing at right now.
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.