Mahomes and Chiefs ready for Jaguars test

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes aims to make it five wins out of five against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday (AFP Photo/MATTHEW STOCKMAN) (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)

Los Angeles (AFP) - In the eyes of one pundit, Patrick Mahomes possesses the cool of Joe Montana, the arm of Brett Favre, the touch of Tom Brady and the confidence of Aaron Rodgers.

But the young Kansas City Chiefs quarterback who has electrified the opening weeks of the NFL season insists he is still a long way from the finished article.

The 23-year-old has made a dazzling and flawless start to his first full season as a starter, completing 90 of 138 passes for 1,200 yards with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions.

On Monday, Mahomes led the Chiefs on a late, game-winning drive which secured victory over the Denver Broncos and preserved the team's 100% start to the season.

It was the sort of performance that had the quarterback's growing legion of admirers reaching for the superlatives once more, and ensured no let-up in the hyperbole surrounding the player nicknamed "Showtime Mahomes."

On Sunday, however, the hype-train carrying Mahomes and the free-scoring Chiefs face their biggest obstacle of the season when they come up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars (3-1) have the best defense in the league, giving up an average of 14 points per game and recording 10 sacks to date.

"They do a lot of things really well and they kind of do the same stuff but they do it to a very high (level)," Mahomes said.

"They have a ton of talent over there. We've got to utilize our weapons and our offense and do what we can to attack them."

Mahomes says he is unfazed by the accolades that have been showered on him in the opening month of the season, insisting he is still learning his craft.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is similarly unconcerned by the possibility of Mahomes starting to believe his own publicity, emphasising the quarterback's work ethic and single-minded approach.

"The one thing is that he is in the building here all the time," Reid said this week.

"He is going through the process. He exhausts that thing. When you do that the right way, and whatever noise outside of it - you are not oblivious to it - but you're not worried about all that. He has just kept great focus on that part. I wouldn't expect anything different from him, it's just how he's wired."

- Rams, Goff ready for Seahawks -

While the Chiefs have set the early pace in the AFC, the NFC has been in thrall to the early season form of the Los Angeles Rams.

Like the Chiefs, the Rams remain unbeaten after four games, with their latest outing a breathless 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in week four.

The Rams also have a talented young quarterback in the shape of Jared Goff, the rapidly maturing 23-year-old who has helped his team average 35 points per game this term.

"He's throwing the ball outstanding with anticipation and accuracy," Rams coach Sean McVay said of Goff.

"He's understanding what we're trying to get done and you're seeing him play really confident.

"When he's able to let the ball go like he is ... that gives you a level of confidence in terms of how you want to operate."

On Sunday Goff and the Rams head to Seattle to face the Seahawks in a divisional game that could see them stretch further ahead in the NFC West.

The Seahawks' preparations have been hit by an injury to safety Earl Thomas, the last remaining member of the team's famed "Legion of Boom" defensive unit.

Goff said he would have preferred to face Thomas this weekend.

"You wish he was there, you want to get them at full strength with him as part of that and how good he is," Goff said. "Would of been great to compete against him.

"But they have a lot of good players. We'll prepare accordingly."