No other team has been able to slow down "Showtime" Mahomes so far this season. The Chiefs young gunslinger is completing 63.6 percent of his passes, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt, and has thrown an NFL-high 14 touchdowns to go with just two interceptions. Mahomes has also wowed with his legs, adding two rushing scores and constantly extending plays in fabulous fashion.
Coming off a Thursday Night victory against the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots have had nearly a week and a half to prepare for Mahomes, and Bill Belichick seems like quite the fan.
"He gets the ball to all of his receivers quick, quick release, sees things quickly, can extend plays," Belichick said, per the Boston Herald. "[He's] got a great arm, got a fabulous arm, can throw the ball out of the stadium. He makes good decisions, accurate, gets the ball out on time."
Throwing the ball downfield has been arguably Mahomes’ strongest capability this season. On throws 15 or more yards downfield, Mahomes is 23 of 43 for 645 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. That's good for the fourth-best passer rating (127.8) among the 37 quarterbacks who have thrown at least five such passes.
New England’s defense will have a challenging time slowing down the Chiefs dazzling offense, that’s loaded with speed and talent. The Patriots have been strong against deep passes this season, but know they will be tested Sunday night.
"The further the quarterback can throw it then the more you've got to defend," Belichick said. "If the ball is on their 20-yard line you've still got to defend to the goal line against him. He can rip it."
After allowing back-to-back 400 yard games to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions earlier this season, New England has played much better over the last two weeks. In a dominating week four victory over the Miami Dolphins, New England allowed just seven points as Ryan Tannehill only managed 100 passing yards. Andrew Luck saw success against the Patriots on Thursday Night, but New England was able to force three turnovers while allowing 24 points, despite the Colts holding the ball for over 32 minutes.
While Sunday Night’s matchup projects to be an offensive shootout, the Patriots will need their best performance of the season to try and slow down Mahomes.