Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is putting together another incredible season. He is performing at a similar level to when he won the MVP award in 2018 and is once again among the favorites to take home that accolade.
Heading into Week 18, the Chiefs still have something to play for as they could lock down the No. 1 seed in the conference. Having the postseason go through Arrowhead Stadium would be a nice advantage for Kansas City, who is looking to avenge their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game last season.
With something to play for, we can expect Mahomes to have his regular allotment of snaps, which will put him in play for an NFL record. On the season, Mahomes has 5,048 passing yards. That puts him within striking distance of the record held by Peyton Manning, who threw for 5,477 yards for the Denver Broncos in 2013.
He is 430 yards short, which is certainly a tall task to achieve in one game. That is a number that he surpassed once this season against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9. In Week 7, he fell just short of it as he threw for 423 yards while tearing up the San Francisco 49ers, arguably the best defense in the NFL.
If the Chiefs keep the pedal to the metal in Week 18, 430 yards is certainly achievable for Mahomes. He is going up against the Las Vegas Raiders and their leaky pass defense, which boasts the 30th-ranked secondary in the NFL.
That is certainly something that Mahomes will be able to exploit. In Week 5, he threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-29 victory. In his career, Patrick Mahomes averages 315.3 yards per game against the Raiders.
It will take a Herculean performance from Mahomes to top Manning on the single-season passing list, but those kinds of performances are something that he is certainly capable of achieving. Expect him to try and get tight end Travis Kelce involved early and often as he is also chasing history this weekend against the Raiders.