Patrick Mahomes in Week 2: plenty of mistakes, but still the best

Patrick Mahomes in Week 2: plenty of mistakes, but still the best

A team has yet to slow down a Patrick Mahomes offense for four quarters — but a couple have come close. In Feburary, the San Francisco 49ers slowed him down for a little over three quarters of the Super Bowl. On Sunday, another team with similar strengths and scheme came along. The Los Angeles Chargers almost achieved game-long success — that is, until the best player in the world started doing some of the things we’ve all become accustomed to seeing over the first two years of his reign over the National Football League. Make no mistake about it: Mahomes did not play well for a large portion of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 2 overtime victory in the new SoFi Stadium. In the first three quarters of the game, I charted nine off-target throws from Mahomes. Some of these were a response to the Chargers’ consistent pressure — but not all of them. The pressure was bad — but it wasn’t entirely the fault of the offensive line, either. Give due credit to a very good Chargers defensive line. In addition, Mahomes was not always hitting the landmarks of the protection structure; sometimes he was gaining depth when he shouldn’t have been. It led to unnecessary hits and broken plays. But remember: no one has been able to keep Mahomes down for four quarters. That didn’t change on Sunday. The fourth quarter and overtime belonged to the Super Bowl MVP — and ultimately, his late heroics were the difference between a win and a loss ...
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