Our quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been named, by the NFL, as the AFC’s offensive player of the week; and for good reason. The 22 year old led the Chiefs to a 38-28 victory over the LA Chargers; where he threw for over 250 yards, with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
We’ve been waiting a long time to see the highly anticipated quarterback make his proper NFL debut as the starting quarterback after the departure of Alex Smith in the off season and he did not disappoint. One worry many fans had was that he wouldn’t be as protective and conservative with the ball as Smith which would therefore result in a lot of turnovers. However, with zero interceptions or fumbles throughout the game it seems like those fears can be put to rest.
Mahomes, in fact, looked very confident throughout the game and, somehow, even exceeded our expectations of him against a loaded defence like the Chargers. Despite not having Joey Bosa play, LA still had some pro-bowl calibre players on the field Sunday evening such as Melvin Ingram, Casey Hayward and 1st round rookie safety Derwin James.
Therefore, his ability to pick apart the secondary so successfully only boosts the praise I have for him even more, especially as he found some unlikely targets downfield, such as the veteran fullback Anthony Sherman, who caught a 36 yard touchdown from number 15. However Mahomes also connected with some familiar faces too, such as Tyreek Hill who had a monster game; catching two touchdowns , as well as a scoring another via a punt return in the first quarter.
Does the news get any better? I hear you ask; well, it does. All-pro tight end Travis Kelce as well as newly acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins were both particularly quiet against the Chargers and therefore, when they get into their rhythm too, it’ll only excel Mahomes’ game even more.
Didn’t catch the game? Well you can see all of the young quarterback’s touchdowns here.
So, in conclusion. “Patty Ice”, “Showtime”, or whatever nickname you happen to give the young prospect, looks good; very good. He’s successfully lived up to the hype that’s surrounded him for the entire offseason, expelled any doubts that fans, and critics alike, had about him and picked up a win for the team on the road in week 1. Now, if that’s not worthy of AFC offensive player of the week, I don’t know what is.