Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading into their Week 8 riding high. They are now 5-2 after dismantling the San Francisco 49ers 44-23 on the road last week. That was the third time this season that the Chiefs scored at least 41 points in a game as this offense has shown no signs of slowing down despite losing All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason.
Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins and many people questioned if the Chiefs’ offense would suffer at all. They haven’t, as they actually look better with Patrick Mahomes now having so many weapons to spread the ball around to instead of just focusing on Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were signed in free agency to help offset the loss of Hill and both have performed well. Mecole Hardman has filled the No. 3 receiver role and the Chiefs have even more depth beyond that.
Rookie Skyy Moore has yet to receive many chances this season and the team just acquired wide receiver, Kadarius Toney, from the New York Giants. Toney has had injury issues, which may have been embellished a bit by him, but is oozing with potential. His athleticism could provide the Chiefs with a lite version of Hill.
Mahomes is having another great season, as he has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,159 yards and 20 touchdowns compared to only five interceptions. The offensive line is keeping him clean and he has been able to pick apart their opponents with ease.
No matter the circumstances, Mahomes has found a way to succeed with the Chiefs. This season, with a clean pocket, he has been deadly. According to PFF, when Mahomes is throwing from a clean pocket, he has the highest grade in the league at 92.1 In second place right behind him is Geno Smith with a 91 and in third is Josh Allen with a 90.1.
There is just nothing that opposing defenses can do when tasked with slowing down Mahomes. You cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him. He has succeeded from a clean pocket or when facing the rush as he has an answer for whatever opposing defenses throw at him.
Kansas City needs him to keep performing at this level as their defense leaves a lot to be desired. For how good their passing offense is, their passing defense is on the opposite end of the spectrum.