Patrick Mahomes thrives with refurbished goods
Despite handling the Pro Bowl Tireek Hill receiver for Miami in March, the Captain’s strike still hasn’t missed a beat in 2022. With a more diverse receiver fleet this season, QB Patrick Mahomes established himself as the favorite player for the league’s MVP, per OddsChecker.
During the season, Kansas City signed free agent recipients JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Justin Watson and drafted Skyy Moore. Before the transaction deadline, it quickly acquired Kadarius Toney from the Giant.
The captain returned only one wide receiver, the Mecole Hardman, from last year’s team. Hardman, who was absent last month due to an abdominal injury, is prepare to come back on Sunday meet Denverhead coach Andy Reid said.
Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Mahomes said the addition of a lot of midfield assists sparked the offense and made him an even better QB.
“It’s Tireek or Travis [Kelce]”, he told reporters about the 2021 offense.
In 2022, Kansas City has eight players receiving the ball from 200 yards or more, with Travis Kelce (1,257 yards) and Smith-Schuster (877) leading at close range.
In the brutally cold conditions of Week 16, Mahomes targeted nine different players. It wasn’t a great day for the offensive, but the Captain beat the Seahawks 24-10.
In the Week 15 win in Houston, Mahomes again targeted nine different players, with five catching three or more receptions.
Statistically, Mahomes is having his best season since 2018, the first year he started, when he threw 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. In 2022, Mahomes threw 4,720 yards and 37 touchdowns.
In 2021, Kansas City is averaging 396.8 yards and 28.2 points per game. In 2022, the Captains averaged 420.6 yards and 29.2 points.
As the regular season draws to a close, the Captain’s offense seems more prepared than ever for the knockout stages.