The KC Chiefs hit the road this weekend to face the Los Angeles Chargers, who have fought hard against Patrick Mahomes.
While the Kansas City Chiefs have ran roughshod over the AFC West since Patrick Mahomes took over as the starting quarterback, the 1 loss they’ve suffered against the division was to the Los Angeles Chargers, who have fought hard against the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Before we dive in further, here are Mahomes’ numbers from all 4 of his starts against the Chargers:
- 2018 Week 1 – 15 of 27, 256 yards, 4 TD
- 2018 Week 14 – 24 of 34, 243 yards, 2 TD
- 2019 Week 9 – 19 of 32, 182 yards, TD, INT
- 2019 Week 17 – 16 of 25, 174 yards, TD, INT
Mahomes had 2 big games against the Bolts in 2018, but they’d be classified as big games simply because of the amount of touchdowns he threw. The passing yards weren’t eye popping (though still not bad by any means). The biggest thing that jumps out here is that Mahomes has yet to pass for 300 yards when playing the Chargers.
This past season saw Mahomes have issues against the Los Angeles defense, as he didn’t surpass 200 yards passing in either game. He also threw an interception in both match-ups and that game in Mexico City was not one that was won due to Mahomes’ heroics, but rather the defense picking off Philip Rivers 4 times.
While 2020 has given us a “new look” Chargers, that strictly relates to the offensive side of the ball, as Rivers is no more in LA and now Tyrod Taylor is under center for the Bolts. Defensively, Los Angeles is the same squad with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram still kicking butt and taking names.
Mahomes has gone 3-1 against the Chargers, but the defense has always given him a tough time and that’s going to be the case this year as well. The good news is that Mahomes no longer has to do it all, as the Chiefs now have a rushing attack to turn to should their passing game stall a bit.
It’ll be interesting to see how these Chiefs/Chargers games go now that Rivers isn’t around for at least 3 or 4 interceptions. Mahomes has yet to pass for 300 yards against LA, but he’s still gotten 3 wins against them because the rest of the team has stepped up and helped him out.
All that matters at the end of the day is that the KC Chiefs get the victory, so as long as Mahomes can stay healthy and put the ball in the end zone enough to get his team the win, Chiefs fans will be satisfied.