Since Patrick Mahomes was named the team’s starting quarterback, the Kansas City Chiefs have won at least one playoff game every year, but after finishing his fourth regular season, the only way for the stellar passer not to lose six games in a single season (including postseason) is to win his second Super Bowl title.
For almost any quarterback in the NFL, a season with 436 pass completions (66.3% percentage), 4,839 yards per pass with 37 touchdown throws for 13 interceptions with a 98.5 point rating would be spectacular numbers, but for Mahomes it is, in many ways, the worst campaign in his still young career.
Bad year for Patrick Mahomes’ standards
Mahomes’ 284.6 yards per game average, rating and interceptions are the worst Mahomes has ever recorded and yet Kansas City tied with the Tennessee Titans for the best record (12-5) in the entire AFC and only the resounding 27-3 loss last October 24, 2021 is that prevented it, for the first time in his career, Mahomes’ postseason will not have a bye week.
Just as you hear it, the Sunday Night Football game on January 16 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the first Wild Card Round game in Patrick Mahomes’ successful young career and the Chiefs are the heavy favorites with a 12.5 line against Ben Roethlisberger‘s team that they crushed by a score of 36-10 last December 26, 2021.
But the Chiefs’ main concern is not their quarterback, nor the health status of receiver Tyreek Hill, nor an unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, nor even an inspired Steelers game, the problem is that their defense will not perform as it did at the beginning or end of the regular season.
The concern is the defense
In the last two regular season games, Kansas City conceded 58 points and that regression should worry the team when they face better opponents than Pittsburgh, hence defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo who, after the aforementioned loss to the Titans, tied six games in which they did not allow 20 points, all victories.