The Kansas City Chiefs prove that getting the quarterback position right makes an NFL team a legitimate contender.
That’s why they are still succeeding early in the 2022 season, even if Tyreek Hill is already with another team.
Patrick Mahomes is finding ways to make their offense work, especially extending plays to drive the ball downfield or to the end zone.
That’s why the Chiefs have the second-best offense in the league, averaging 32.3 points per game, despite having new receivers in Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
No wonder tight end Travis Kelce calls Mahomes a magician.
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Kelce said, “The NFL hasn’t seen anything like Mahomes — I promise you that… He’s the Houdini of our era.”
His statement is spot on because Mahomes has the ability to make defenses pay by escaping pressure before making a play.
That’s why the former Texas Tech standout is sixth in passing yards with 1,106 through four games.
He is also tied with Lamar Jackson and Jared Goff for most passing touchdowns.
Mahomes Is Hard To Pin Down
Meanwhile, his mobility allowed the Chiefs to surrender just five sacks on him.
Mahomes’ creativity was on full display during their Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In one instance, he escaped the Buccaneers’ pass rush and took off for the end zone.
However, he flipped the ball to Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a two-yard touchdown pass after evading another Tampa Bay player with a spin move.
Mahomes will punish more opponents, given that the season has barely started.
He has the speed to slip out of the pocket when it collapses and run to the sides to turn trouble into big gains.
His magic will be needed in Week 5 when the Chiefs face the division rival Las Vegas Raiders.