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Since waking up on the Monday after Week 1, I have been crying inside. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has made me cry tears of sadness.
Now you may be asking yourself why would this be? Why would I be crying in the midst of a record breaking performance? Because this guy was my guy. He was stashed on my bench last year in the hopes Alex Smith would be gone for 2018 and he’d get the starting job. As it turned out, I needed a roster spot for a running back and had to drop him.
To paraphrase Eminem, “last year he was a nobody, this year he’s breaking records…”
Week 1: 4 TDs
Week 2: 6 TDs
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2018
He is the story of his NFL season through 2 weeks.
2 GS – 582 YDS – 10 TD’s – 0 INT – 143.3 RTG
This start has placed him in the history books, passing Peyton Manning and Drew Brees for most TD passes through the first 2 games of a season. Not only has he bested two legends of the game, he did in his FIRST TWO games as an undisputed starter.
The 6’3” 230 lb quarterback out of Texas Tech is enjoying success in his 2nd season alongside the NFL’s most explosive offense that includes fellow sophomore RB Kareem Hunt (who led the NFL in rushing last season as a rookie), Pro Bowler TE Travis Kelce, and elite playmaker WR Tyreek “the freak” Hill.
Combine the skill in this lineup with the mind and play-calling of head coach Andy Reid, and that is just scary good. This team will score a lot, and can do so in any possible way.
Mahomes is not only in possession of a canon for an arm, he’s been known to do some work with his legs as well.
In 2015, as a sophomore, he rushed 131 times for 456 yards and 10 (TEN!) touchdowns. The following year on another 131 attempts, he only went for 285 yards but eclipsed the previous year’s mark with 12 (YES, TWELVE!) rushing touchdowns. These aren’t eye-popping numbers by any means as far as yards-per-carry goes, but those TD’s show us he can in fact get the job done two ways.
I for one am going to have to settle for owning Mahomes in only 2 of 3 fantasy leagues, but I will be watching him play and loving it from here on out.