The Kansas City Chiefs showed no concerns during their dominating Week 1 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
They scored 44 points despite losing All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill during the offseason.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 74 yards from scrimmage and two receiving touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Isiah Pacheco had 62 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Tight end Travis Kelce was at his best with 121 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs defense also generated three sacks while Nick Bolton led the way with nine tackles.
But their success stemmed from another solid performance from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The former league MVP completed 30 throws out of 34 attempts for 360 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Aside from Edwards-Helaire and Kelce, he also threw touchdown passes to Mecole Hardman and Jody Fortson.
Yet as great as their performance was in their season opener, Mahomes continues to be the leader that holds his teammates accountable.
“I think those guys know it…I’m going to give those guys chances. I believe in the guys in this locker room.”
– Patrick Mahomes on if he tells his receivers he’s coming back to them after mistakes. Leadership.
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) September 13, 2022
The Chiefs’ senior team reporter, Matt McMullen, tweeted, “‘I think those guys know it…I’m going to give those guys chances. I believe in the guys in this locker room.’ – Patrick Mahomes on if he tells his receivers he’s coming back to them after mistakes. Leadership.”
One mistake could spell the difference between winning and losing.
That’s why the Super Bowl LIV MVP gives his teammates an earful when they commit a blunder.
It’s not to shame them in front of the team and the crowd.
Instead, he demands perfection because anything less than it might not be enough.
Finding Ways To Win
With Mahomes behind center, the Chiefs will always have a chance to pull off the victory.
However, their wins may come from close battles as well.
Their Week 2 showdown against the division rival Los Angeles Chargers has the makings of a classic.
But regardless of the score, Mahomes will continue to show tough love when needed, especially when the game is on the line.