The young quarterback threw for just under 300 yards. More importantly, when he had third and long andwas in trouble with the pass rush, he threw downfield and hit his targets.
Near the end of the game head coach Andy Reid took Mahomes out to take a brief look at 3rd string quarterback Tyler Bray. What could go wrong, right? After all, we had a two touchdown lead. Then our little used fullback fumbled the first handoff and suddenly the Broncos were just one score back with five minutes left and they then drove the field to score again.
So with just over 2 minutes left, Reid put in the very confident Mahomes to save the day and the game. With the score tied 24 all, he drove deep, hit big 3rd down throws and put the Chiefs in easy field goal range for the game winning kick with no time left on the clock.
Now you can say, hey it was only lowly Denver and the game meant nothing but pride for the Broncos. Well, they still had the top defense in the AFC and the league; they played their starters all the way; and the Chiefs played 2nd and 3rd stringers all the way with Mahomes.
On top of which it was very cold, Mahome’s first regular season start and he not only won but shined.
OK, yes, Mahomes had one INT, but otherwise he was outstanding.
SO YES, MAHOMES HAS THE IT FACTOR.
For example, the star of the offense, Albert Wilson, with ten grabs for just under 150 yards, WHAT? No Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill or Kareem Hunt ( except for one 35 yard TD carry to win the rushing title).
Otherwise Mahomes had NO real weapons to lean on.
Jon Gruden, Bill Maas and myself, have compared him to John Elway.
This IS the dude who can take KC to the Super Bowl soon -maybe next year.
Or perhaps just after.
Think of Mahomes with Hill, Kelce, Hunt and others next year! Wow!
With perhaps a better defense as well. Yikes!
He will not be as safe a quarterback as Alex Smith but he will be electric and make the big plays at game’s end like Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady and other elite quarterbacks.
That’s what I see.
That’s why experts like me wanted him in eight weeks ago when we stunk…to try and help bring this team back. Smith did that to his credit. Now the debate is do you bring a career year 35 year old back one more year or go with the rookie?
If you don’t trade Smith this off season and he leaves after next year we get nothing for him. Do we give Smith a new three year contract and keep Mahomes on the bench?
He’s ready, he’s the future.
I say get all we can for Smith and begin our new future with Mahomes.
What if Smith takes us to the Super Bowl? Well, let’s wait and see. That’s a tall order…
Anything is possible. The bottom line is, I think we are in good hands with Pat Mahomes.
He’s the real deal.