Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been great from day one, and there is no denying it. With an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP under his belt at the age of 25, he is taking the league by storm and is not showing any signs of stopping now.
The 6’3″ quarterback from Texas Tech is undoubtedly the best player in the NFL already. He has proven repeatedly that he has what it takes and should never be counted out of any game.
It’s clear that Mahomes has what it takes and already has the stats to back it up. In just his first full season, he put up numbers that have only been done by two other players. The 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards feat had only accomplished by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who are impressive company to be with.
In 2019, he was just as good but was not able to win the award. Due to his injury that he sustained against the Denver Broncos, Patrick Mahomes was out for three weeks and could not possibly make up ground for the incredible season Lamar Jackson was having.
Instead of a regular-season MVP award, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes got something better. A Super Bowl MVP, while winning his first championship ring.
This past off-season, Mahomes set a new record as he signed the biggest contract in NFL history. The contract will be good for 12 years and he will earn almost half of a billion dollars over that time.
While the pandemic has messed up many people’s lives, it is safe to say that Mahomes will never forget the year 2020.
Heading into the 2020 season, the Chiefs were favorites to repeat as Superbowl champions. Kansas City started the season on a four-game win streak, matching their streak from the start of last season. During those four games, Mahomes played stellarly and racked up 11 touchdowns and 1,134 yards.
However, in week five, the Las Vegas Raiders came to town and beat the Chiefs by eight points. Since then, Mahomes has not looked back and won nine straight, even if the team’s overall play has been just so-so. The last six weeks the defense has not been very good and the offense started to catch some of the stench.
In week 14 against the Dolphins, Mahomes had maybe the worst game of his career and he would allude to that just that after the game, saying:
While Mahomes threw three interceptions and took a 30-yard sack, the Chiefs were still able to get a win at the place they got their most important one to date.
Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been excellent this season, and he is in MVP form, but how good was he against the New Orleans Saints in their week 15 matchup?
Grading Chiefs’ Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes is tested on an entirely different level than most QB’s. He is competing against past versions of himself, Aaron Rodgers and that is pretty much it. In the Chiefs 32-29 win over the Saints, Mahomes led the offense to what could have been an even more considerable victory margin.
Kansas City went up by 14 points early in the first half, as Mahomes found both Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in the end zone. Mahomes did a terrific job of finding the open receiver and scrambling out of the pocket to make a big play to get down the field.
While he did have three touchdowns in the game, Patrick Mahomes was not the most accurate we have seen him be. His 26 completions on 47 attempts were good for 55% completion. A stat line Chiefs fans are not used to seeing from their star quarterback.
Mahomes also took four sacks in this game for 22 yards. While some of it is the offensive line’s fault, he could have done a better job getting rid of the ball faster, as well as his pocket awareness.
Overall, this was not Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ best performance, but it was not his worst. The Chiefs got a win over a great team, and are now improved to 13-1 on the year, a record that has never been done in the Chief’s franchise history.
Overall Grade: B-
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