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Mahomes Report: Week 7 vs. Cincinnati

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Welcome to the Mahomes Report, a weekly breakdown of what Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did, both good or dangerous, throughout the newest Chiefs recreation. For previous editions, click on right here.

The final couple of weeks have been a problem for Patrick Mahomes, dealing with what was then the most effective defenses within the NFL in Week 5 versus Jacksonville, then enjoying an annual convention favourite in New England final week. He nonetheless posted good numbers (particularly within the second half towards the Patriots), however there have been apparent strugglesome moments as nicely.

That wasn’t the case in any respect in Week 7 towards the Cincinnati Bengals, when the Chiefs gained in a demonstrative bludgeoning at house.

Save for a pair miscues, Mahomes was nearly as good as ever this Sunday. The arm power, decisiveness and flexibility we’ve come to anticipate from him have been cumulatively on show in spades towards Cincinnati. The Bengals are a superb staff, and the Kansas Metropolis offense made them appear to be a bunch of youngsters competing towards adults who completely won’t take it straightforward throughout your loved ones’s annual Turkey Bowl recreation Thanksgiving morning.


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Beginning off this week’s report is the Laser Beam of the Week, a flawless throw to Demetrius Harris for Mahomes’ third landing of the sport.

Each facet of this play is top quality. Mahomes drops and has loads of time (because of good blocking) to scan the sector. Watching his head, you’ll be able to see that Harris wasn’t his first learn, however by going by means of his progressions ultimately identifies him to the correct. With out even moving into the throw, Mahomes unloads an ideal, high-velocity spiral to a wide-open Harris for the rating. Should you give him time and/or any kind of window to throw into, Mahomes will take benefit, as proven right here.

Persevering with with feats of spectacular arm power, early within the third quarter Mahomes withstood contact to his throwing aspect and nonetheless launched a completion deep to Sammy Watkins.

Bengals defensive finish Carlos Dunlap (96) reaches previous proper deal with Mitchell Schwartz and will get a hand on Mahomes’ proper shoulder. He nonetheless shakes him off, steps into the throw and connects with Watkins 37 yards downfield. It’s not straightforward to shake a defender and nonetheless get sufficient momentum behind a move to get it this far, but Mahomes makes it seem like it’s. It helps that security Shawn Williams (36) is behind the play, however that’s simply defined by not anticipating a quarterback to have the ability to get sufficient on the ball to get it previous him on this state of affairs.

Final week, Mahomes missed a wide-open Kareem Hunt on a wheel route out of the backfield. This week, he related with Spencer Ware on an analogous route.

This ball had some additional mustard on it. However that is one other instance of creating a mistake one week and correcting it by the subsequent recreation, one thing he’s achieved all season. He knew he made a mistake with final week’s miss on what would have been a landing (everybody did), and this week it’s rectified. Not solely that, however this move was coming in scorching, to say the least.

The next throw to Travis Kelce is one other heat-seeking missile from Mahomes, and it’s one other instance of a staff mistakenly giving Kelce any room in any respect to make a catch.

The play itself is designed completely, as a result of your complete Bengals entrance seven rolls with the play pretend to the left. That leaves Mahomes with all day to maneuver and throw, and he executes completely from there. Roll to the open spot, discover your learn, set, throw. Speak about enjoying pitch and catch. One of many best throws of the yr. And, once more, if there’s any window in any respect, just like the one offered by Cincinnati’s nook and linebacker right here, Mahomes will get it via to his man.

Let’s get again to the scoring performs, together with one other version of schoolyard performs Mahomes makes look routine.

The low snap is dropped, and Mahomes nonetheless has the presence of thoughts to select it up and undergo his development whereas having to flee the pocket. Kelce operating a slant over the center is clearly the primary passing learn, however Mahomes sees the tight protection, pulls again and makes the suitable play to the open man, Tyreek Hill. It additionally ought to be famous that that is an RPO. Hunt is sweeping proper together with the run blocking, which provides Mahomes somewhat extra room to work with to his left. The split-second determination to tug the ball again and transfer is what makes the play. Heads-up stuff from a second-year professional, not that we must be stunned.

Mahomes’ first landing of the sport was an indication of his play-extension talents.

That is one other rollout to the proper, this time with Hunt additionally going proper and operating a route from the backfield. Watkins and Kelce, the 2 receivers in the long run zone, are coated up by a sea of Bengals. Mahomes nonetheless has Hunt leaking out towards the pylon although, and his determination to maintain operating towards the road of scrimmage is what units up the landing. Cincinnati linebacker Hardy Nickerson (56) is caught in no man’s land, caught deciding whether or not he’ll keep on Hunt or if he’ll abandon that in hopes of stopping a Mahomes run. The moment he stops and considers attacking Mahomes, his destiny is sealed. Mahomes acknowledges it and flicks it a now-open Hunt for the rating. Good determination making on a play that melted down for the Bengals protection.

The opposite landing move from Week 7, a second-quarter rating, was the results of Mahomes not panicking, preserving his eyes up and utilizing his power to get the ball to an open man. Hunt then does the remaining.

Issues look dire with defensive finish Carl Lawson (58) torching left deal with Eric Fisher. As he’s susceptible to do, Mahomes runs backwards a couple of steps however nonetheless seems to be downfield, which permits him to see Hunt open in the suitable flat (proper after he threw an efficient chip on No. 90, Michael Johnson). Mahomes will get the ball to Hunt and he does the remaining, showcasing the athleticism he’s killed groups with the previous two weeks (extra on that later). This is the reason Mahomes’ eyes are featured seemingly each week within the Mahomes Report, as a result of he makes use of them higher than many veterans do and it’s what retains performs alive continuously.

Hunt is arguably probably the most versatile cog within the Chiefs’ offensive machine, contemplating he can fill a standard run-first position, run routes out of the backfield and run the complete route tree whereas lined up on the road of scrimmage. That’s on show right here, the place Mahomes steps up and finds his stud operating again broad open over the center.

For Hunt’s half, he’s operating a shallow crosser and he’s left open when William Jackson (22) drops again. Mahomes has a simple completion in entrance of him so long as he could make area to throw, which he does. He shifts up within the pocket with Geno Atkins (97) making use of strain from the left, which provides him room to make the move. Additionally discover that there isn’t a lot follow-through on this completion, it’s only a flick of the wrist. Good effort by Mahomes to work the pocket to benefit from an open goal.

Whereas on the subject of Mahomes shopping for time and shifting behind the road of scrimmage, check out this play within the second quarter (that was truly dominated a drop on evaluation).

To start with, Watkins has to make this catch. The throw itself, although, is because it good because it will get on this state of affairs. Rookie defensive finish Sam Hubbard (94) comes flying in from the best, so Mahomes waits till the final second and evades to the left. The eyes keep up all through the course of the play, which permits him to seek out Watkins. Contemplating he’s shifting to his non-dominant left aspect, there’s lots of warmth on this throw. Great things from the quarterback washed away by an unlucky drop.

In the identical household because the final couple of performs, No. 15 makes one thing out of nothing on the next circus throw. Actually, each gamers concerned within the completion do.

No. 15 wants to maneuver to the fitting to avid Fisher being pushed into him. After seeing Demarcus Robinson coated out of his break from the far sideline, he pulls off his greatest Otgo Waller impression and contorts his physique to throw a cross solely Kelce can catch. His decrease physique stays pointed ahead, whereas his torso reaches again to the left upon supply. No one might probably make a play on this throw aside from Kelce, with it being low and away linebacker in protection. As for Kelce’s position, he and Hill truly collide when he breaks on the slant, which throws off his timing. Regardless of the Cirque du Soleil acrobatics and the route disruption, Kansas Metropolis nonetheless will get a primary down.

Let’s get to a different first-down throw during which Hill runs a route that the Bengals can’t probably cowl properly given their protection.

You’ll be able to see Hill lined up within the slot to the left. Earlier than attending to the route, nevertheless, watch Mahomes keep composed within the pocket. There’s strain collapsing the pocket, however he stands in and lets the play develop. Poise is significant as a quarterback and week after week we see Mahomes maintain it within the face of strain.

Again to the zone-beating route.

Cris Collinsworth did an amazing job of breaking this down on the printed. Cincinnati is enjoying Tampa-2, and you may see everybody in the midst of the sector dropping again. The center of the sector is vacated, and Hill runs proper into the open spot. Mahomes fires a bullet and it’s a simple completion.

QB1 did a few good issues together with his legs in Week 7 as properly, beginning with a read-option keeper within the second quarter.

Johnson is totally sealed off on the suitable aspect, which provides Mahomes room to run for the third-down conversion. Easy play, nevertheless it’s the right play, which is crucial facet as all the time.

Then, on this subsequent play, Mahomes does all the standard right issues to maintain a cross play prolonged, however finally ends up preserving it as an alternative for a 23-yard rush.

With nothing open and strain constructing, he strikes out to the proper. His eyes are nonetheless as much as see if anybody comes open, however with no choices within the sample he takes off and runs. That is one other constructive facet of all the time wanting up: You possibly can see if a operating lane develops. Mahomes has some wheels, and whereas he doesn’t want them typically it may be enjoyable when he does get to make use of them.

Closing out the great work from Sunday’s night time slaughtering, let’s take a look at this week’s installment of passes on RPOs from the Chiefs offense. First, a fourth-quarter play that would not have been a neater completion.

Linebacker Preston Brown (52) is Mahomes’ learn. When he does as a lot as flinch to the run aspect of the choice, Mahomes is aware of that he’ll go to Watkins operating a slant. Flawless execution. That is primarily free yardage for Kansas Metropolis’s offense.

Then, on this play within the first half, Mahomes goes to the left and finds Hill.

Once more, virtually too easy. You’ll be able to’t attempt to jam Hill as a result of he’ll burn you, however when you give him this a lot area he’ll tear you up as nicely. This time Vontaze Burfict (55) is the learn, and when he strikes to his left concurrently with the mesh level it’s throughout for the Cincinnati protection.

Week after week this offense makes defenses look inept. This goes past the overall weakening of defenses across the NFL, as a result of even respectable defenses have appeared misplaced making an attempt to decelerate every part the Chiefs throw at them. For all the good moments this season for Mahomes thus far, Week 7 was the most effective. He’s the youngest quarterback in league historical past to throw for 300+ yards in six straight weeks


Why did we end this week’s constructive with the RPO passes? As a result of one of many few negatives for Mahomes this Sunday was a close to interception on an early RPO move.

Jackson is enjoying high quality protection on Watkins right here. With all of the Bengals linebackers coming as much as play the run, Mahomes goes with the cross choice. In contrast to the earlier performs the place a receiver was comparatively uncovered, this time it wasn’t such a simple move. Mahomes doesn’t lead Watkins and it’s almost picked off. Credit score to Jackson for making an excellent play on the ball.

Whereas that one was almost intercepted, the one really dangerous throw of the sport from Mahomes was a hideously underthrown ball to Hill.

When your quarterback shreds defenses with the regularity that Mahomes does, one interception is totally forgivable and forgettable, particularly in a recreation just like the one towards Cincinnati. However this throw was ghastly. It’s almost unattainable to overthrow Hill, however this one is left properly brief. Once more, unimportant within the grand scheme of issues, however this was surprising given how scorching he was passing the ball and that he had room to step up and uncork this one.


Kareem Hunt is enjoying like a person possessed.

That is ludicrous. Darius Phillips (23) spins Hunt all the best way round and shoves him backwards, but he breaks via all of the tacklers, hurdles a person and nonetheless gashes the protection for additional yardage. Positive, there’s some subpar tackling concerned, however the elusiveness and athleticism is exceptional. Ashton Eaton can be impressed.

That wasn’t the one spectacular run for Hunt on Sunday, both.

Mahomes stated after the sport that the give right here to Hunt was a nasty learn on an RPO. Michael Johnson has a bead on Hunt immediately, however the response velocity is exceptional for the operating again to spin away from the deal with, then run full-speed forward for eight yards. Exceptional mixture of velocity and power on this one.

Hunt has been as lethal as anybody within the league the final two weeks, each as a runner and as a receiver.

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Each single group within the NFL want to have that type of contribution from a operating again. Proper now, Hunt is enjoying like the perfect operating again within the league. That’s to not discredit Todd Gurley, who’s enjoying out of his thoughts per normal, however Hunt has established himself within the higher echelon of operating backs proper now. He appeared sensational towards the Bengals.

The identical could be stated for almost all of the protection’s efficiency as properly. After enjoying properly towards Jacksonville however poorly versus New England, the protection stepped again up towards Cincinnati.

Andy Dalton might be a greater quarterback than individuals give him credit score for, however he’s susceptible to throwing dangerous picks once in a while, particularly throughout primetime video games. Ron Parker is enjoying middle subject on this play and Dalton by no means sees him (plus, he was going to throw into tight protection anyway). This staff struggled to take the ball away early within the air, however for the second time in three video games the Chiefs now have a defensive landing. If this secondary is beginning to make extra performs, the Kingdom ought to be thrilled.

The move rush continues to play nicely too, led in fact by the king of the contract yr, Dee Ford.

On one hand, it’s comprehensible that Chiefs followers can be annoyed with Ford for wanting like a relative bust up till the contract yr this season. Then again, he’s enjoying like a person possessed and everybody ought to recognize it whereas it lasts. He now has 5 sacks and a pair of pressured fumbles this season. This sack particularly was one among his most spectacular of the yr. He blazes by proper deal with Bobby Hart (68) and acts like Mark Walton (32) isn’t even there earlier than hitting Dalton. Ford’s solely constant transfer is the velocity rush, nevertheless it’s difficult to complain an excessive amount of about that reality when he’s utilizing it so successfully.

And even Breeland Speaks rebounded from a tough Week 6 with a shared sack in Week 7.

Chris Jones is the actual star of this play, making left guard Clint Boling (65) look silly with a swim transfer (which isn’t even a real swim transfer, he simply kind of shoves previous him). He put the clamps on Dalton, with Speaks ready with open arms to complete the play.

It’s exhausting to actually gauge any progress (or future expectations) for the Chiefs protection with out seeing some consistency first. That stated, it’s comforting to know the protection is able to having a very good recreation.


All of that being stated, there are nonetheless some areas of the protection worthy of critique, notably once they allowed the Bengals’ solely landing of the sport. That drive included a pair of 12 males on the sector penalties, which falls on teaching. It additionally included this absurd technique in regard to masking AJ Inexperienced.

AJ Inexperienced is likely one of the greatest gamers, not to mention receivers, within the NFL. He’s on a Corridor of Fame trajectory (no one else in league historical past has seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start out a profession). How are you going to depart single protection on him ever, particularly when the secondary is your unit’s largest weak spot? The Chiefs would ultimately double Inexperienced on the drive, however by that time it was first and objective and Dalton related with tight finish CJ Uzomah for a landing. The protection performed a high-quality recreation as an entire, however issues like giving Inexperienced a one-on-one mismatch is poor type.

The one different standout unfavorable from Week 7 isn’t even execution associated, no less than not past the floor.

At first blush, that is simply an outdoor handoff that doesn’t attain the road to realize. With some context added, this was on a fourth down late within the recreation on what was Kansas Metropolis’s final “meaningful” possession. With full context added, the purpose complete at this second within the recreation was 55 (the Chiefs led by the eventual ultimate rating, 45-10). The over/underneath complete for the sport was 56.5. With this play failing, the Chiefs weren’t capable of push the sport over.

If playing isn’t your factor, then this implies nothing to you and also you have been in all probability capable of take pleasure in this win much more. However contemplating Michaels and Collinsworth have been even discussing the whole on the TV broadcast, this was clearly a big play to some. Not a nasty play by the Chiefs per se, however definitely dangerous for anybody with a particular curiosity on a excessive level complete.

Brendan Dzwierzynski is a co-host on 580 Sports activities Speak, weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on WIBW 580 AM & FM Information 104.9. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter at @BrendanDzw.

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