In picture for you to fetch to Patrick Mahomes and restrict his performance when the Chiefs’ offense is fully healthy, that’s clearly a colossal job. In picture for you to full so in September, that’s even more difficult. Via his NFL profession and three paunchy seasons as Kansas Metropolis’s starting up quarterback, the Chiefs dangle never lost a sport in September — they’re 10-0 — and Mahomes’ stats are appropriate bizarrely big. He’s finished 250 of 370 passes (67.6%) in Septembers in his profession for 3304 yards (8.93 yards per strive), 32 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 124.4. That’s reasonably fair appropriate. Mahomes has also been sacked appropriate 9 instances for 50 yards within the notable month of his three starting up seasons, which has a lot to full with it.
As Andy Reid said this week, the reality that opponents don’t dangle a ton of regular-season tape to judge what Kansas Metropolis’s offensive trends are also helps.
“For the notable three video games, that’s the means it is. If you fetch previous that third sport, now you’ve got as a minimum some recordsdata. So, it’s that suggests for all and sundry and it’s that suggests on every side of the ball. Now now not that there’s consistently – they would possibly perhaps discontinue this, you arrive into it recent and fresh, and you anticipate there’ll likely be one thing you haven’t considered, and or now now not it is important to adjust to it.”
For Mahomes, getting started snappily out of the gate has to full with an total mentality.
“I deem we appropriate stress the significance of starting up the season snappily. We now dangle a in actuality tricky coaching camp as all and sundry is conscious of. We essentially compete and shuffle at it day-after-day at apply, and I deem prepares us to be ready to shuffle from day one. I deem appropriate stressing the significance of – we’ve extra or less arrive out, in my time as a minimum with quite a lot of in actuality fair appropriate football groups up early within the season and all and sundry is conscious of that within the event you lose a sport in September it can presumably also price you at the discontinue of the season as far as seeding within the event you’re making an strive to fetch into the playoffs. So, we appropriate stress the significance of shining that we’re playing in opposition to in actuality fair appropriate football groups at first of the year.”
Now, it’s up to the Browns to changed into the notable group to do Mahomes peek mortal within the notable month of a season. Cleveland has a radically rebuilt secondary this season, and one among the explanations they did that used to be on legend of they’d no deep safeties, however… in September, 2020, in opposition to the Ravens, Bengals, and Washington, the Browns allowed 79 completions on 124 makes an strive (63.7%) for 831 yards (6.7 yards per strive), eight touchdowns, and appropriate three interceptions.
Denzel Ward, Cleveland’s fully cornerback, allowed two of these touchdowns, so it’s now now not appropriate regarding the recent safeties. And the last time we saw Ward, he used to be getting entirely became spherical by Chiefs tight discontinue Travis Kelce on this filthy pivot route within the divisional playoffs.
Travis Kelce COOKED Denzel Ward 💀 pic.twitter.com/acdLpg4Yun
— PFF (@PFF) January 17, 2021
So. As high as all of us are on the Browns this year, and justifiably so, going via Mahomes again brings its dangle dwelling of concerns. In September, the arithmetic turns from straightforward multiplication to evolved algebra. This afternoon, we’ll peek how the Browns will counter this stark actuality.