The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are two of the teams hoping to contend for the Super Bowl this season. They have to get through the gauntlet that is the AFC West first, but through two weeks of the season, they look like they will be right there until the end.
A big reason that they are in the position that they are is because of their quarterbacks. Each has one of the best, young players in the sport on their team as the Chiefs have former MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chargers have potential MVP Justin Herbert.
Both players have been putting up some gaudy stats during their career, tearing apart defenses on a weekly basis. They have reached heights that no one before them has accomplished and will be tough for anyone else to achieve.
According to NFL Rumors on Twitter, Mahomes and Herbert are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least three touchdowns in 40 percent of their games. That is a lot of touchdowns as Mahomes has started 65 games and Herbert has started 34.
It is easy to imagine both of those players keeping up with that threshold. The Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill this offseason but their offense may actually improve in spite of that. Without Hill, Mahomes is now spreading the ball around more and has a deep group of receivers with different skill sets.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore were all acquired this offseason to help replace Hill. Having one of the greatest tight ends of all time in Travis Kelce certainly helps as well.
Herbert is not lacking for weapons, either. He has one of the best dual-threat running backs in Austin Ekeler coming out of the backfield. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL and there is solid depth with Joshua Palmer, DeAndre Carter and Jaylen Guyton behind them. Tight end Gerald Everett proves some mismatches as well.
With talent of that level surrounding them, Mahomes and Herbert will continue lighting up defenses for as long as they are on the field. Only 27 and 24, respectively, that duo has plenty of great seasons ahead of them.