Why Patrick Mahomes is an NFL star



Patrick Mahomes throws a pass down filed.

Christopher Bean, Sports Writer

The Kansas City Chiefs have found their franchise quarterback for the next 10 plus years. His name is Patrick “Money” Mahomes.

In the 2017 NFL Draft the Chiefs traded up to the tenth pick, trading their 27th pick to the Buffalo Bills. Taking the quarterback from Texas Tech Patrick Mahomes.

When he was drafted, a lot of people were questioning the pick because at the time, they had veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who was taking them to the playoffs year in and year out. However, even though Smith got them there, he could never find a way to win a game in the postseason. Head coach Andy Reid is a mastermind when it comes to offense and decided that he wanted Mahomes to learn his offense under Smith. Last year the Chiefs, led by Smith, got off to a 5-0 record and were the best NFL team for five weeks in the season.

But unfortunately, they lost six of their next seven games to go 6-6. They finished the regular season strong winning the last four games finishing with a 10-6 record to win the AFC West. They ended up being the fourth seed in the playoffs and hosted the Tennesse Titans in the wild card round. Kansas City got off to a great start leading by the score of 21-3 after the first half. However, they didn’t score again and ended up losing 22-21 ending their season early.

In the preseason Kansas City shocked the NFL world by trading Smith to the Redskins. After only one year in the league learning the Chiefs system, they were ready for their franchise quarterback to play on Sundays. Only after three games into his career, Mahomes has proven why they traded up to get him and why they traded away Smith in the preseason. All Mahomes has done in his first three games has thrown 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. I don’t know what’s more impressive in his first three starts in the league (the 13 touchdowns or zero interceptions), but all I do know is that Chiefs look like geniuses.

In the Chiefs first game of the year they traveled to L.A. to take on the Chargers. Mahomes was not afraid of the spotlight, lighting up the Chargers for 256 yards on only 17 completed passes and throwing for four touchdowns in a 38-28 win. In week two on the road against the powerful offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers, when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Mahomes proved the haters wrong again. He got off to a fantastic start throwing three touchdowns in the first quarter giving the Chiefs a 21-0 lead. The Steelers fought back and tied it up at half with 21 a piece. The first-year starter didn’t get rattled throwing another three touchdowns in the second half, securing a 42- 37 win. Mahomes only completed 23 passes, but still threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns.

In week three, Mahomes got to display his raw talent to his home fans against the 49ers, and he didn’t disappoint. He threw for 314 yards on 24 completed passes and added another three touchdowns. Arguably the best play of the year by an individual player was on third and goal up 14-7 late in the first half. Mahomes was pressured and ran 20 yards back from the line of scrimmage to eventually escape the pressure and threw a dime on the run to Chris Conley in the back of the end zone. They went on to win 38-27 remaining undefeated.

Mahomes has proven that he is the early MVP of the National Football League. The thing that’s most impressive is that he’s only completed 62 passes for 896 yards. Imagine when they open up the playbook and have him throwing 40-50 times a game. That’s a scary feeling for the opposing team to try and come up with a game plan to stop that. The league has a new super starand his name is Patrick Mahomes.