2. The Dome Factor
Patrick Mahomes has only played in a dome once in his entire career. In that game, he put up 34 points leading the Chiefs in a comeback win against the Lions.
Kansas City was also without its starting left tackle, best receiver, and starting running back, as Eric Fisher, Tyreek Hill and Damien Williams all sat out with injury. The Chiefs are rolling into the SoFi Stadium for the first time locked and loaded with offensive talent that is fully healthy.
The dome aspect of this match-up is truly going to be on full display. Conditions will be perfect. Players will be faster. Crowd noise will be at a minimum. This really could be a special day from the offense.
Mahomes is going to be able to throw the football with no wind, no cold or heat or any other factor to mess with him. He is going to be able to make checks at the line easier because the crowd wont be a factor, and he is going to have his myriad of weapons and pass protectors surrounding him.
This is honestly something to keep an eye on. The Chiefs now have not one, but two division rivals that play their home games within a dome. The Raiders also got a brand new place to play when they moved to Las Vegas, and if Mahomes performs well this Sunday, big things could be coming his way later in the year as the Raiders have a defense that can best be described as “torched by Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson.”