Fri. Jul 10th, 2020

Can Patrick Mahomes be the first to 6K passing…

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Can Patrick Mahomes be the first to 6K passing...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes turned 24 this week, but he’s been blowing out the NFL for more than a year now.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has a strong and accurate arm and isn’t shy about going down the field to his cadre of big-play receivers. The result? A Chiefs offense that through two games is piling up chunk plays through the air — 12 of 25 yards or more. The next-closest team has eight.

“Anything we want to do,” tight end Travis Kelce said during training camp when asked what having all these fast players and a quarterback like Mahomes would allow the Chiefs to do. “You name it. … We’ve got guys that can absolutely fly all over the field. Speed kills in this game. If you’ve got it, you’re in the advantage.

“We’re taking it up a level [from] years past. You can just tell from the coaches’ excitement to their attention to detail to how guys are reacting to their coaching. This team is going to be awesome. We’re going to have a lot of fun on the offensive side of the ball.”

The first two games are proving Kelce to be right. Mahomes last season became only the second player to throw 50 touchdown passes and for more than 5,000 yards. And this season — granted, it’s just two games — he is on pace for 56 touchdowns and more than 6,500 yards.

This is without Tyreek Hill, arguably their best receiver. Hill left the season opener in the first quarter with an injury to his sternum and collarbone, but the Chiefs are expecting him back later in the year.

Is it reasonable to think Mahomes can get to 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns? The NFL records of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns were set by Denver’s Peyton Manning in 2013. That was the only other time a player reached 5,000 and 50. Mahomes would need to average 370 yards and 3.79 TDs over the final 14 games to reach 6,000 and 60.

But he could get there with games like the one he had Sunday in Oakland, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns — in the second quarter. He finished with 443 yards overall.

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