Review of Patrick Mahomes performances in season openers

As the Chiefs prepare to open their 2022 campaign in Glendale against the Arizona Cardinals, we look back at past season openers.

I sat here for a while and thought about how to start this post. Overthinking is often the deadliest poison to a writer’s mind and flow. The answer was right in front of me, but I was trying to concoct something Shakespearean to ignite an emotional connection to this piece with drops of curious foreshadowing to keep you mentally engaged. What am I thinking? I know my audience and I know all I have to say are three sweet, sweet words.

Football is back.

I don’t know about you, but seeing my social media calendars flooded with college football updates, scores, strikes and memes kept me in a continued state of football bliss this weekend. As a footballer, I have felt the anguish and sense of deprivation emanating from all my footballing brothers and sisters over the past few months. You have to understand, however, that going from the depths of football depravity to the overstimulation of total football immersion can be a shock to the system. Let me help you relax.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Glendale, Arizona this weekend to face Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals to open the season. 2022. The Chiefs enter Week 1 after a 12-5 regular season in 2021 that saw Kansas City advance and host the AFC Championship for a fourth straight year before falling to the Cincinnati Bengals to end the game. their run in a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

The Cardinals are coming off a 2021 season that could be classified as the definition of hot and cold. They sprinted out of the gate in 2021, starting 7-0 with wins over playoff teams in the Titans, Rams and 49ers before heading into their bye week 9-2, atop the NFC. After the bye? The Cardinals were 2-4 and limped (literally and figuratively) into a Wild Card playoff berth. Their playoff series would be brief, as the Cardinals were eliminated by division rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round.

While the Chiefs kicking off in the desert is certainly the highlight of the week for Chiefs Kingdom, the rest of the league is buzzing with excitement to get things going as well. The aforementioned Rams will have their first chance to show off their Super Bowl bling to the world as they welcome this year’s Super Bowl betting favorite, the Buffalo Bills, to kick off the season on Thursday night. Around the league on Sunday, the excitement is in a couple of divisional matchups (Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, New England at Miami) as well as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers heading to Jerry’s World to face Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.

Around AFC West, we’ll get a glimpse of the revamped Raiders and Chargers rosters in their first slugfest of the year – a rematch of the Week 18 thriller for the latest AFC Playoffs spot – so as the Raiders cross the desert on I-15 in Los Angeles to take on Justin Herbert and the hip Chargers. To cap off the week, new Bronco Country resident Russell Wilson will travel with his new team to Seattle to face his old team, the Seahawks.

Back to the important part. Patrick Mahomes will lead a new Chiefs offense in their battle with the Cardinals with both excitement and uncertainty. Excitement because this is arguably the deepest receiving corps Mahomes has had to hand in his 5 years as the Chiefs’ starting QB, and uncertainty because the one constant in those previous groups (Tyreek Hill) is no longer there. Either way, the Chiefs come into the year with a young offensive line off the back of a massively successful first season billed as one of the best in the league in 2022, along with groups of running backs and running backs. tight ends reloaded.

Defensively, the Chiefs will rely heavily on a clinic-spurred youth movement that GM Brett Veach appears to have implemented in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Chiefs will have rookies contributing at all levels of defense, George Karlafits up front to Leo Chenal in the middle, complemented by Trent McDuffie, Bryan Cook, Jaylen Watson and others contributing at the back of the unit. While the unit appears to be fast and exciting, it will undoubtedly take time for them to gel on the court with opposing attacks firing live balls in the regular season.

While we don’t know exactly how all the pieces, especially the new ones, will fall into place during the 2022 regular season, we do know how head coach Andy Reid has prepared the team to open the regular season historically. . . This answer: dominant.

In Andy Reid’s nine seasons as Chiefs head coach, KC is 8-1 in the opening games of the season averaging an 8.9-point margin of victory. The Chiefs averaged 31.7 points per game in the season openers – 36.3 in the Mahomes era – and only managed to cover twice in that span. .

Learn more about the Mahomes era. Since Mahomes is the starting quarterback, the Chiefs haven’t lost on Opening Day. In his 4 Day 1 starts, Mahomes had 1,182 passing yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions. Let’s take a look at those four games and performances so we can take a look at Sunday’s opener against the Cardinals.

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