It didn’t take long for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to show the world he’ll be just fine without wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Mahomes was already in MVP form throughout Week 1’s 44-21 drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals. So much so that he was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning.
Week 1 Players of the Week— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2022
Offense: QB Patrick Mahomes, KC
Defense: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, PIT
ST: K Cade York, CLE
Offense: RB Saquon Barkley, NYG
Defense: LB Uchenna Nwosu, SEA
ST: CB Zech McPhearson, PHI
Per NFL Communications, Mahomes completed 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards, five touchdowns, and zero picks. He finished the game with a 144.2 quarterback rating and his stats marked the most passing yards, most touchdown passes, and the highest passer rating of any player in Week 1. It’s also Mahomes’ sixth career game with at least five touchdowns passes.
The Super Bowl LIV MVP has now won the AFC’s OPOTW eight times over the course of his career, as well.
But the real kicker is Mahomes is now tied with Chiefs legend Derrick Thomas for the most Player of the Week awards in Chiefs history. Mahomes obviously has a chance to break that record in 2022 and will likely double it, at minimum, before everything is said and done.
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