If there was any doubt as to how composed a leader Patrick Mahomes is, you need look no further than last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Miami was leading 10-0 in a game in which Mahomes threw 3 interceptions and was sack 3 times, one of which was for a loss of 30 yards. Patrick was quoted regarding that sack as saying, “I flipped the field on myself”. Despite all of these truths, the Chiefs found themselves once again dominating a lesser opponent with a 30-10 lead and 5 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. Teams simply aren’t supposed to be able to do that against good teams. I was a game that the Chiefs would go on to win by a score of 33-27 but it never really felt that close once the Chiefs took the lead.
At least, that’s how it appears when defenses attempt to apply tried and true coverages and formations against his options until like a musical impresario, he orchestrates heretofore unseen throws, adjustments and motions that make backyard football hijinks seem…sensible. There isn’t a throw he can’t make or a scheduled play he can’t reinvent on the fly due to his talent and because he has the complete trust of Coach Andy Reid. When they do implement the run game and present any type of balance the Chiefs are downright scary. Ask the Buffalo Bills.
Miami’s rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa was impressive in his calm and steady approach to the game, despite throwing his first NFL interception. The kid topped 300 yards passing and had a pair of TD passes but it’s difficult when you’re a young player on a young team going up against a whirling dervish like the Chiefs offense and their underrated top 5 pass defense.
Lost in the chaos of, “Oh my, Mahomes threw 3 picks. He’s human”, is the fact that the Chiefs outrushed the opposing team for the 5th time this season. The overhyped critique of the Chiefs difficulties stopping the run is as inaccurate as it is irrelevant. The Chiefs average 4.5 yards a carry on the ground and often pressure opponents into abandoning their own run game in order to attempt to keep up with the Chiefs. The pass defense of Kansas City then complicates things by intercepting passes in crucial moments, 15 total on the year including multiple game ending steals by Dan Sorensen. Throw in the fact that we saw the return of “Sack Nation” last week with the Chiefs D-line collecting 4 sacks and things are looking grim for the remaining opponents on the Chiefs schedule.
As of this writing it was announced that Drew Brees will be starting for the Saints, while DT Malcolm Brown, C/G Nick Easton and stud WR Michael Thomas are all out. On the Chiefs side they will be without Darwin Thompson and Damien Wilson, Mike Remmers is doubtful but Mitchell Schwartz is eligible to return and Eric Fisher practiced in full. If the Chiefs defenders get to Brees as often as they did Tua, then the future Hall of Famer could find himself pulled for safety sake or returning to IR for the season.
In conclusion, my respect and thanks to the Miami Dolphins for putting up a heck of a fight and reminding the Chiefs that opposing teams aren’t going to roll over for them so Kansas City might as well turn up the gas, pour on the special sauce and start smoking some of these teams.
By Danilo “DJ” Di Julio – RGR contributor and host of Kingdom Corner, host of CHIEFS CHAT on YouTube
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