It is hard to imagine a two-game start better than the one that 22-year old Patrick Mahomes has had. The young quarterback not only has thrown for the most touchdown passes through two weeks in NFL history, 10 to be exact, but he has also led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 2-0 start. After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37 on Sunday, it is clear that the Chiefs have found their replacement for Alex Smith.
Mahomes finished 23-28 for 326 yards and six touchdown passes on the day. The six touchdown passes tied a franchise record as well, icing on the cake in an otherwise stellar performance against an always tough Steelers team. From the first-quarter, Mahomes looked confident in the pocket throwing to a solid receiving core. This confidence led to the Chiefs racing out to a 21-0 lead on the Steelers. Mahomes was not the only one putting up numbers for the Chiefs though. Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 109 yards and two scores, while four other players hauled in touchdown passes.
On the losing end, Ben Roethlisberger finished 39-60 for 452 yards and three touchdowns. Roethlisberger has been recovering from an achy right elbow that limited him in practice during the past week. The Steelers were able to rebound and tie the game up at 21 going into the half, but failed to claim a lead throughout the second-half. The Steelers did manage to cut the lead to five with under two minutes to play, but a decision to not onside kick allowed the Chiefs to run out the clock.
While still early into the season, Mahomes seems to have developed confidence and poise. If he can keep connecting with his talented receiving core, the Chiefs’ offense could rank among the NFL’s best. However, the Chiefs’ defense needs to improve, as they have allowed 827 yards in the air through two games.
Chiefs: Head home to play San Francisco in their home opener on Sunday.
Steelers: Travel to Tampa Bay for a Monday night game.