Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Leads NFL In This Crazy Stat Since 2018

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The Kansas City Chiefs offense lost a major weapon this offseason with Tyreek Hill being traded to the Miami Dolphins. Their wide receiver group is going to look a lot different this year, as the Chiefs are looking to diversify their aerial attack.

Gone are Hill, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Josh Gordon. In their place, the Chiefs brought on JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Justin Watson. While the pieces are different, the leader of the offense remains the same as Patrick Mahomes is still under center.

As long as Mahomes is on the field, the Chiefs’ offense is going to be tough to slow down. He is in the conversation as the best quarterback in the NFL regardless of age. What he has accomplished in his first five seasons, the last four of which he was the starter, used to only be seen in video games.

The Texas Tech product has made the Pro Bowl each season he was a starter, making one All-Pro team and winning the MVP once as well. Opponents have tried, to little avail, to make a game plan that will slow him down.

Normally, the name of the game is getting pressure on quarterbacks. If you can disrupt their timing and get them to shift their eyes to the pass rush instead of looking at receivers downfield, you can find success.

Dialing up a blitz is one way that defenses will look to do that. However, if you bring a blitz against Mahomes, you are taking a major risk. Since taking over the starting job in 2018, no quarterback in the league has as high of a passing grade against the blitz as Mahomes.

According to PFF, Mahomes has registered a grade of 92.5 against the blitz in that span. Russell Wilson is second on the list with a grade of 89.6, followed by an 86.4 for Derek Carr and 84.6 for Aaron Rodgers.

Quarterbacks will regularly get flustered when facing pass rushers, but not these guys. Those are some incredible players on that list as they all step their game up in the face of adversity. But, nobody does it quite like Mahomes.

It is easy to understand why the Chiefs are so tough to stop. If bringing pressure doesn’t knock Mahomes off of his game, there isn’t much else you can do. Defenses are relying on him hopefully making a misread or mistake on his own that they can take advantage of.