The Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed a mini football vacation. After resting many of their star players against the Los Angeles Chargers and the first-round bye, the Chiefs will face the Browns in the divisional round. They are the favorites coming into the game because of their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He and the Chiefs’ offense is lethal, striking fear in any opposing defense.
It will be roughly three weeks when Mahomes retakes the field. He has had a lot of time on his hands since he last played. That didn’t stop the former league MVP from staying sharp. During his time off, he put on his coordinator hat, creating more ways for the Chiefs to dominate the opposition.
The Chiefs’ offense is on another level
When it comes to offensive firepower, no team is close to Kansas City’s level of potency. From a talent standpoint, they have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Having players like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and more make it a daunting task for opposing defenses to contain them. Throw in Andy Reid’s offensive genius, and now the Chiefs have an offensive juggernaut.
For the 2020 season, the Chiefs’ offense was head and shoulders above the rest. They were the only team in the NFL to average over 400 yards of offense a game, per ESPN. Kansas City averages 29.6 points per game, sixth-most in the league. Their passing offense is extraordinary, averaging over 300 yards through the air per game.
To put in perspective how dominant their passing offense is, Kansas City has two in the top 10 for receiving yards. Hill (1,276) and Kelce (1,416) put up incredible numbers, both having 10 or more receiving touchdowns. Mahomes ranked third in touchdowns, second in passing yards, second in QBR, and third in quarterback rating. He has been sensational, leading Kansas City to a 14-2 regular-season record.
The Chiefs offense has been so great this year; it would be hard for them to get any better. The talent, coaching, and scheme are all there. Look at the damage they are causing to defenses throughout the season. Patrick Mahomes is always looking for ways to improve, even if that means drawing up plays like he is in the backyard like the old days.
Patrick Mahomes is drawing up extra plays during his time off
With it being only his third year in the NFL, Mahomes still has a lot to learn. He already has a knack for working on his game, something he talked about on HBO’s “The Shop.” Having the past two weeks off, Mahomes knew he had to stay sharp. He took it upon himself to design some plays during his break.
“I drew up like 25 plays. I was just in there drawing up plays forever, and hopefully, I can get a few of them in, and we can get a few touchdowns in the postseason,” Mahomes said per ESPN. The Chiefs offensive plays are already creative, so who knows what Mahomes has drawn up for his team. Some of his plays could make the playbook, given the intelligence and creativity Mahomes has shown during his career.
Besides drawing up more nightmares for defensive coordinators, Mahomes has cited the mental break as a benefit from the two-week layoff. This season has been more challenging because of the coronavirus and league protocols players have to follow. “It’s huge. Having the two weeks, you can kind of mentally take off that first week. It’s having that mental break that will really rejuvenate everybody,” said Mahomes.
Having the extra rest already made the Chiefs a dangerous team coming into the playoffs. Now Mahomes is drawing up new plays to implement during the game. Teams should be scared of the Chiefs, especially if Patrick Mahomes decides to call his newly designed plays. The Chiefs will be coming into this postseason with new plays but with the same objective of repeating as champions.
Patrick Mahomes begins his title defense against the Browns
Which team has the pleasure of facing the Chiefs after a two-week break? The Cleveland Browns, who are coming off one of the most impressive wins in playoff history. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round without their head coach and multiple key players. They are riding high, but things could come crashing down against Mahomes.
In five playoff games, Mahomes has been masterful. He has won four of his five games, throwing for 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. He is looking to continue the playoff magic from last year, without the double-digit comebacks. The Browns play a physical brand of football, prioritizing the running game. It will be crucial for Kansas City’s defense to neutralize Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Patrick Mahomes continues to show how he is one step ahead of the competition. It will be interesting to see if any of his plays get called in the huddle. While many players spend their extended breaks relaxing, Mahomes was in the lab working. One of his special plays could end up being the difference-maker, which would only make Mahomes that much more legendary.
All stats courtesy of ESPN