Patrick Mahomes (10 TDs in two games) makes history in Chiefs’ rout of Steelers
The Kansas City Chiefs might be the most fun team in football. Oh, they might not play much defense — but have you seen Patrick Mahomes and this offense at work?
Mahomes threw for six touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-37 nailbiter over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, staying one step ahead of Ben Roethlisberger and Co. in a piping-hot offensive performance. With 10 touchdown passes in the first two weeks of a season, Mahomes broke the previous NFL record of nine, held by Peyton Manning (2013), Drew Brees (2009) and Charlie Johnson (1965).
Mahomes and Roethlisberger combined for 778 yards, and they were way ahead of that pace at the end of the third quarter, combining for 618 yards, eight TDs and zero INTs at that point. Roethlisberger finished the game with 452 passing yards, three passing TDs and a rushing TD that made it a one-score game with under two minutes left.
But it was Mahomes who shined most on this day, as he tied Len Dawson for most TD passes in a game for the franchise mark. In his six-TD, zero-pick game, Mahomes hit five different Chiefs for scores. Mahomes finished the game 23-of-28 passing and now is averaging a TD pass every 5.5 pass attempts this season.
Are you kidding?
The Chiefs are 2-0 now and have scored 80 points. Of course, they’ve allowed 65 points, and that includes a few missed field goals by their opponents. This is likely how the Chiefs are going to have to win games every week: by going full Big 12-style shootout.
They led this game 21-0, and it could have been 28-zip had a defensive touchdown stood. A penalty wiped that out, and it took the Steelers less than a quarter to tie the game at 21-all before halftime. They finished the game with 475 yards of offense.
Mahomes clearly is used to this type of pinball game. He seemingly played one every week at Texas Tech, so it’s not a stretch to say he’s equipped for this type of operation. His offensive teammates are a huge part of this explosive attack, too, and Week 1 snoozers Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins both had huge games against the Steelers.
The Chiefs can score in so many ways. Already seven players have scored this season; that matched the team’s entire total for 2017. They have 11 touchdowns total and only seven punts this season.
And we’re not opposed to watching this kind of wild show every game.