We saw Patrick Mahomes first-hand.
Mahomes entered the Monday night contest with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. It could be called a moral victory that Denver held the red-hot Chief to a single passing touchdown. That victory would be offset by a Mahomes rushing score and a 23-yard completion on 2nd-and-30 that took what remained of the heart from the Bronco defense.
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We wanted to see and we saw.
Unfortunately, we also needed to see something from Denver quarterback Case Keenum and we did not. It’s more than the underthrow that led to his sixth interception, more than missing Thomas for a sure win. It’s little things, he holds the ball too long, he doesn’t move into the pocket. He looks nervous, unsettled.
The two men couldn’t be more statistically opposite. Mahomes is at or near the top of the NFL in most quarterback categories. He is neck-in-neck with the Rams Jared Goff in QBR. The only statistic Keenum is among league leaders in is interceptions. By comparison, Keenum’s QBR (72.1) is 35th in the NFL. It was apparent Sunday night as Mahomes made play after play to will his team to victory while Keenum was ordinary.
It doesn’t all fall to Keenum, he was harried, hounded and hit all night by the Chiefs rush. Which leads to our second reaction: