After their 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are turning a ton of heads, which is mostly due to the eye-catching offense they’re running.
The star of the show was undoubtedly Tyreek Hill. The third-year speedster out of West Alabama was literally all over the field. Hill opened the game with scoring on a 91-yard punt return, and then went on to record seven catches for 169 yards and a pair of TD’s, and he also had a backflip touchdown celebration (Wait, what?).
Cheap TD passes on shovels are awesome and oh FLIP pic.twitter.com/SwASGPaJxb
— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) September 9, 2018
The offense was (literally) running through Hill, but it was all on the back and arm of second-year QB Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes has the potential of becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He has freakish arm strength, good poise in the pocket, and is mobile enough to escape when the pocket collapses. I’ve been high on Mahomes ever since his time at Texas Tech, when he threw for 734 passing yards against the Baker Mayfield led Oklahoma Sooners. If you haven’t seen this game, you need to. It’s absolutely wild.
I think if head coach Andy Reid and new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy can utilize Mahomes’ arm with Hill’s speed, coupled with the ever-present deep threat Sammy Watkins, this Chiefs team could be running track meets all over opposing defenses.
I’ve also yet to mention perennial Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce AND last year’s leading rusher Kareem Hunt. Both of them had quiet performances yesterday (Kelce only had one catch for six yards, Hunt had 16 carries for 49 yards) and the offense still had 360 + yards of total offense and put up 38 points.
If Mahomes is on, and the two of them plus Hill and Watkins are all clicking, this team has the potential to hang 40 points on any team in the league. Whether the defense can hold it together is a different story.
Defenses around the league have officially been put on notice. Patrick Mahomes and company are ready to make some serious noise. How are they going to be stopped?
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