In his short time in the league, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes has quickly become one of the top players in the league. Along the way, Mahomes has notched some impressive career milestones that have spoken to his unique ability on the field. He added yet another remarkable feat to his brief NFL resume in his first game back after a two-game absence from a knee injury.
Patrick Mahomes ailed by injuries
Over the last two-plus weeks, the Chiefs had taken the precautionary approach with Mahomes’ dislocated kneecap injury to bring him progressive back into the mix.
It is the first true setback of his NFL career as he has struggled to stay healthy this season. Despite that, Kansas City remained patient with the process letting their star quarterback work his way back onto the field over the last couple of weeks.
In his absence, backup Matt Moore provided some stable play as the team split his two starts that have kept the Chiefs atop the AFC West. However, Mahomes was able to finally get back into the fray in Week 10, where he wasted little in picking back up where he left off with his stellar historical play.
Patrick Mahomes puts himself in the record books…again
The wait was finally over for Mahomes as he made his return to the field on Sunday after a two-game absence that saw him put together a strong outing against the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs let the 24-year-old sling it completing 36-of-50 passes for 446 yards along with three touchdown passes to zero interceptions while holding a 119.3 passer rating.
Although it wasn’t enough to lift the Chiefs to a much-needed road win, Mahomes put himself in elite company once again with his arm as he joined several Hall of Fame talent players in Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, and Dan Marino.
The Titans had no answer defensively for Mahomes as it marked his fifth game with multiple touchdown passes that all happened to be for at least three touchdown passes. It was also the sixth time he notched more than 300 passing yards and the second occurrence with more than 400 yards this season.
Kansas City may not have pulled out the win, but having Mahomes back in the fry is a massive step in the right direction towards getting them back to competing for the best mark in the AFC.
Mahomes back, but defense remains real concern
The Chiefs may not have gotten the result they hoped, but having Mahomes back under center playing without any physical limitations was a promising sign.
Kansas City’s chance to compete for the Super Bowl lies squarely on the reigning league MVP’s shoulders, which should further emphasize monitoring his health the rest of the way this season. It could see them look to get him rest in spots throughout the week to keep him healthy.
The real concern for the Chiefs at this point is their defense, which has continued to be problematic as they four out of their last five opponents have notched 23 or more points. Kansas City is currently 25th total yards allowed and 28th against the rush.
If the Chiefs hope to have a chance to compete for a Super Bowl, they need to clean up their defense against the run as the top teams in the AFC in the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens possess two of the league’s best running games. On top of that, the red-hot Oakland Raiders are just a 1/2 game behind them in the standings with still another matchup between remaining in 2019.
Nonetheless, Mahomes is back in the mix, and Kansas City can truly begin making their strong second-half push towards the playoffs.