The Kansas City Chiefs won’t play in Week 10 after taking down the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt, Germany last Sunday. The Chiefs are taking a much-needed break for their bye midway through the 2023 season, and with eight games remaining on Kansas City’s schedule, it is time to take stock of what the team has accomplished and where they are headed.
Patrick Mahomes is, without question, the single most important factor in the Chiefs’ chances to defend their Super Bowl title. The 2023 season hasn’t been his best, but the reigning MVP should be expected to pick up his pace and get back into championship form over the next eight weeks.
Take a look at the statistics Mahomes has put up through nine games and the pace he has established heading into the home stretch of Kansas City’s Super Bowl defense campaign:
Stats through Week 9
Through nine games, Mahomes has passed for 2,442 yards on 334 attempts, tossing 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His 229 completions have resulted in a completion rate of 68.6%, which would be the best mark of his career if the season ended today.
In terms of yards-per-game and yards-per-completion, Mahomes’ marks of 271.3 and 10.7 respectively would rank as the worst of his career, along with his quarterback rating of 73.0 and yards per completion.
What could Mahomes' stats look like at the end of the season?
Mahomes is pacing to throw for a season statline of 32 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and 4,612 yards. Assuming he picks up his pace in the coming weeks when Kansas City’s offense is on the field, Mahomes could still find himself in the MVP conversation later in the season.
Our take on Mahomes' production
Though his hot-and-cold play has been tough for fans to watch at times, there is no doubt that Mahomes is still among the NFL’s most effective signal callers. If he can clean up a few of the mistakes and get in sync with his receiving corps in the coming weeks, the Chiefs should have no issues making noise in January’s playoffs.