Connecting on 23 of 28 thrown passes and throwing six touchdowns, Mahomes had a record breaking afternoon. Speaking of which, he also became the first player to throw 10 touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season, rising above Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Charley Johnson who had 9 touchdowns.
This brilliant start to his career is a reflection of his immense talent. The sky is the limit for Mahomes, who turned 23 the day after his victory over the Steelers.
So far, Mahomes has accumulated 582 passing yards, 39 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in just two regular season games.
How far can Mahomes take the Chiefs?
Mahomes is a significant improvement on former quarterback Alex Smith. Despite Smith’s ability to perform well under a scheme which allows for short dump-off passes and his accuracy throwing the ball, he simply does not possess the arm strength of Mahomes.
The Chiefs have finally found a talented quarterback that can throw the ball deep. With the explosive receiving group at his disposal, the Chiefs can now take advantage of their deep threats, such as Tyreek Hill, who has already amassed 259 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns so far.
Andy Reid, Kansas City’s head coach, has played a big role in Mahomes’ success. Reid is considered an offensive coach, who likes to take risks. This fits Mahomes’ game perfectly and gives him the chance to prove his worth. Perhaps Reid’s greatest decision was to let Mahomes learn from Smith last season, which is paying dividends now because he understands the offence and is able to read defensive set-ups very well.
Are the Chiefs for real this year?
They’ve started off incredibly well, but they did this last year. Five games into the 2017 season the Chiefs were undefeated, however, the scheme Reid had set up was found out by the league’s best teams, leading to a 11-6 record.
One thing for sure is that the Kansas City Chiefs may have the best offence in the whole of the league this year. If they can continue to be diverse in play-calling they might just be headed to Atlanta, with Patrick Mahomes II leading the way.