When Patrick Mahomes became the Chiefs’ starting quarterback last season, he had one of the best seasons in NFL history, earning the league’s MVP award in the process. This season hasn’t gone as well for Mahomes. He’s missed a few games with injuries and faced some statistical regression, which was expected after 2018’s 50-touchdown season.
Mahomes is still putting up good numbers, though, and his terrific stats from last season have helped break records set by two of the all-time greats, Dan Marino and Kurt Warner. What’s even crazier is that he set those marks in the same game.
Patrick Mahomes breaks Dan Marino and Kurt Warner’s records
When Mahomes faced the Titans in Week 10, it was his first start after missing two games with a dislocated kneecap. It was also the 25th start of his career, which is the baseline for his two new records. The 24-year-old ended the game with 8.007 career passing yards, easily surpassing the previous record of 7,400 yards set by Warner.
This wasn’t the only record held by Warner that Mahomes broke in the game. It was his 16th game with at least 300 passing yards, which surpassed Warner’s record for most such games in a quarterback’s first 25 contests.
Mahomes also threw three touchdown passes in the game, which gave him 68 touchdown passes in his first 25 starts. This broke Marino’s record, which stood at 65 passes that ended up with the receiver in the end zone.
Mahomes set the records but lost the game
Despite Mahomes throwing for 446 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, the Chiefs lost the game to the Titans, 35-32. Defense is the Chiefs’ weakness, and it showed as the team allowed Tennessee to score four touchdowns — two passing from Ryan Tannehill and two rushing by Derrick Henry.
Both teams turned the ball over once, with each defense recovering a fumble. The running game was also a disappointment for Kansas City, with Damien Williams leading the Chiefs with just 77 yards on the ground. The running back group failed to score a rushing touchdown in what ended up being a three-point game.
The loss put the Chiefs at 6-4 for the season, which kept them in first place in the AFC West but makes it difficult for them to compete for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Both the Patriots and Ravens are ahead of them in the conference standings.
A historic start to Mahomes’ career
Through a season-and-a-half or so, Mahomes is having a historic start to his professional career. In addition to the records he broke, the former Texas Tech quarterback also has the highest passer rating and most completions of any player in NFL history through 25 starts.
This means he leads all quarterbacks who’ve ever played in the league in four of the most meaningful passing categories 25 games into his career. That’s even more amazing when you consider that Tom Brady — probably the best quarterback of all time — couldn’t say the same thing after his first 25 starts.
It seems like Mahomes is regularly breaking records when he takes the field, and this won’t stop anytime soon. Even though he won’t throw 50 touchdown passes again, 30 is still possible, which would give him an impressive 80 scores in his first two seasons as a starter. At 24 years old, Mahomes has a long career ahead of him.