NFL Analyst: Defenses Must Challenge Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes tries to make every throw, Brian Baldinger said, and defenses need to start using that against him

Taz and the Moose
October 29, 2018 - 7:45 am

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Patrick Mahomes has had a historic start to the 2018 season, accounting for 20 touchdowns (18 pass, 2 rush) in six games and leading the Chiefs (5-1) to the best record in the AFC.

How can defenses slow the 23-year-old?

“I think the Patriots did a lot of different things,” 12-year NFL vet Brian Baldinger said on Taz & The Moose. “You have to give him a lot of different looks, things that he might not have seen, give him a lot of disguises. I saw him against Jacksonville a couple weeks ago, and Jacksonville got him once or twice. He threw it late across the middle of the field.”

The result? An interception. In fact, Mahomes has four interceptions in his last two games; he had zero the first month of the season.

“He’s going to try to make every throw,” Baldinger said, “so you have to challenge him. If he’s getting outside the pocket and does one of these throws where it looks like he’s falling off the pitchers’ mound and trying to push it 35 yards downfield, you got to get your hands on some of those footballs.”

The Chiefs play three of their next four games at home, including each of the next two. They host the Bengals (4-2) this Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.