The undefeated Chiefs are one of the most fun teams in the NFL to watch. They’re the team most likely to make you swear at the TV or jump out of your seat… literally. As if their first three wins of the regular season weren’t enough, their Week 4 game against Denver provided some of the best NFL action yet.
Mahomes: The Best QB in the NFL Right Now?
Patrick Mahomes is one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the league and he’s only in his second year. Thirteen passing touchdowns in the first three games? What?! (Yeah, that’s a record.) His arm is an absolute cannon – both accurate and explosive – and to say he’s blossomed since last season is the understatement of the year. Four weeks in and Mahomes hasn’t thrown one interception. Between surging jersey sales and the hoards of fans following him during his visit to the University of Kansas Hospital, it’s safe to say that Mahomes Mania has set in.
Mahomes has the league’s most lethal, big-play pass game and a 136.4 passer rating after Week 3 – the best in the league. The 23-year-old has variety and subtlety, which differentiates him from many the other young quarterbacks. He really is a standout.
That Chiefs Offense… and Uh, That Defense
Head Coach Andy Reid is a creative mastermind who’s got both confidence and flair. He trusts Mahomes. And unsurprisingly, the new Chiefs offense is controlled by Mahomes. It’s difficult to find a weak spot in this group of guys who have been scoring 38 to 42 points per game. And they’re doing it all without a big run game. (So just imagine if they could amp that up!) Their competition just hasn’t seemed to be able to figure out how to slow down the pass and the Chiefs are extraordinary at red zone execution.
And get this: Three weeks in, the Chiefs had yet to trail in any game.
Until Week 4, no team even came close to stopping them.
Wideout Tyreek Hill is amazing. He’s fast as hell and led the team in receiving yards with 310 after Week 3. Hill might even be the fastest guy in the whole NFL. Then they’ve got Kareem Hunt at running back and Pro-Bowler Travis Kelce at tight end. In four weeks, those three players have combined for 10 touchdowns.
But yeah, we know what you’re thinking. The Chiefs defense leaves something to be desired. Okay, okay, some sports experts (and commentators) say the Chiefs have the worst defense in the whole NFL. And that’s definitely where they’re most vulnerable. The defense gives up a lot of points – an average of 30.7 points and 474 yards per game – but the offense scores fast. And so far, that’s been enough to win.
Surely, they’ll need to improve if they want to hold out against tougher teams later in the season. A stronger defense would take the pressure off of Mahomes so he doesn’t need to score 40-something points every game. Though it’s easier said than done, the defense just needs to stop the opposition in the red zone and get more turnovers.
That Week 4 Game Though
Up against the Broncos and quarterback Case Keenum on Monday night, the Chiefs had their toughest contest yet. Their division rivals sit just behind them in the AFC West.
For the first time this season, the Chiefs weren’t leading for the entirety of the game. The Broncos held them to a mere field goal in the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, they battled back. Kareem Hunt made the catch with a 46-yard run, narrowly avoiding the Denver defense and bolting down the sideline. Mahomes showed just how good he is on third down again, launching it to Demarcus Robinson. After Tyreek Hill missed a solid pass, Mahomes got the ball to the end zone himself with an 8-yard run to score (something we don’t often seen him do).
The Broncos didn’t quit though, responding quickly with a touchdown of their own. By halftime, they were leading the Chiefs 13-10.
In the fourth quarter, when the game demanded it, Mahomes showed us why he’s one of the most hyped quarterbacks in the league. Trailing by 10 points, he created two consecutive scoring drives that culminated in touchdowns. One of them included a left-handed pass to Hill for the first down. (Yeah, what?!) Mahomes’s first fourth-quarter comeback was nothing short of incredible to watch.
The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been to a Super Bowl in nearly 50 years and their fan base is absolutely starving for one. For good reason, their odds to make it to the big game (and win) are steadily climbing, according to the guys in Vegas. With 10-to-1 odds now, they’re only trailing the Rams and the Patriots. And the oddsmakers are picking Mahomes to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award. And now you see why.