Kansas City Chiefs: After week 6, we will know how good Patrick Mahomes will be

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Patrick Mahomes II
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Patrick Mahomes II /

The 2018 schedule has been released, and the first six weeks could be rough for the Kansas City Chiefs. Opinions of Patrick Mahomes should be final by week 6.

There has been an excitement level and an amount of intrigue not seen with the Kansas City Chiefs for quite some time. Patrick Mahomes is at the center of all of it. If he fails, the Chiefs are doomed. If he succeeds, the Chiefs will be good for the next decade.

The opinions on Mahomes go two different ways, either he is ready, or he isn’t. It isn’t necessarily that he won’t be any good, everyone has seen and heard what he’s capable of. The big question is whether or not he’s ready to lead an NFL team. If you ask his coaches and teammates, he’s more than ready. The world will know by the end of week 6.

Week 1

The Chiefs will head to L.A. to face the Chargers, a team that some experts have as favorites to win the division. Division road games are almost always tough, and Mahomes will be facing off against veteran Philip Rivers.

He will face a defense that will be coming for him at 100 miles per hour with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. This game will be a perfect first test for this revamped offense.

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Week 2

The second game of the season is another away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have won six out of the last seven games in the series, with five of those wins coming while not scoring over 20 points.

All eyes will be on Mahomes in this one. Can he lead the offense to a win against a team that has kept the Chiefs from scoring almost each of the last seven games?

Week 3

Opening day at Arrowhead Stadium will be insane. Tickets are being bought in droves already to see Mahomes in his first home game. The pressure will be on as they play the up and coming San Fransisco 49ers, led by Jimmy Garropolo.

If Mahomes can win his first game in front of his home crowd, it will be huge for Chiefs fans on the fence. His supporting cast of Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce should help take the pressure off.

Week 4

Mahomes first taste of playing under the lights comes at the place he got his first professional win, Denver. Monday Night Football will showcase to the world what this Chiefs offense can do.

Look for Mahomes to light it up, not holding back one bit. This game should serve as a bit of a comfort game for Patrick Mahomes.

Week 5

The Chiefs come back home to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars surprised us all last season, making the AFC Championship game.

This will be a tough matchup for Mahomes as he faces the best secondary so far in the early slate of games. It will be interesting to see how the balance between the run and pass game plays out.

Week 6

Another road game, in primetime. This time the Chiefs head back to Foxboro to face the Patriots. This will be a battle between a young gunslinger and some guy named Tom Brady.

This game will tell a lot about the Mahomes led Chiefs. Alex Smith led this team to victory in week one of last season, so besides the fact that they will be playing in New England against New England, will Mahomes be able to do what Alex Smith was able to do?

In closing

If the Chiefs come out with a record better than .500 after week 6, they should be fine for the rest of the season. It doesn’t help that four of the first six games are on the road, but if Mahomes can keep his cool, the toughest part of the season can be a success.

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The Chiefs don’t need to go undefeated in the first 6 weeks, but it will say a bunch about what to expect from Patrick Mahomes. He will be tested for certain. Nobody will be able to say he hasn’t played anyone if his numbers are good. Either way, we should know exactly what we have with Mahomes after the Patriots game, win or lose.