Patrick Mahomes Week 10 review: Ruthlessly efficient with a side of gunslinger
Mahomes blended what makes him great perfectly with taking what was there, and showed why he can be the best version of a game manager.
Patrick Mahomes is “back” from one of the shortest slumps in sports history. That’s the narrative this week, at least that’s what I hear (either that or the Raiders didn’t play enough of the super secret magical defense known as [checks notes] cover 2, depending on what you read).
Of course, if you’re a subscriber, you already knew that he was back to playing at a high level in Week 9 against Green Bay, with a number of things outside his control messing with the box score and the way he was talked about after the game. You also knew that Mahomes had played, essentially, 2 bad games in a row with the rest of the season featuring a bunch of good-to-great games and one “bad for Mahomes, but not that in reality” performance.
But narratives are what they are, and the discourse this week has been that Mahomes is finally back. And while the narratives lack accuracy in terms of what he’s looked like for much of this season, there’s one thing that’s absolutely true; Mahomes was exceptional against the Raiders, in one of his most ruthless performances of the season. Which is going to make this week’s film review all the more fun.
If you are unfamiliar with how I chart and write about quarterback play, the Week 1 review explains the methodology and reasoning, as well as the definitions used. The goal, as ever, is to separate the QB play from what is around the QB to get a better gauge on how he did on his own. You can find the previous views by clicking the links below:
Week 4 film review (one of the best performances of his career)
Week 5 film review (a performance where he struggled for him, but the good still outweighed the bad)
Week 6 film review (wherein the fire-breathing dragon returned)
Week 7 film review (the worst game I’ve ever seen Mahomes play)
Week 9 film review (in which Mahomes played well, but the team overall played poorly. It’s a GREAT game to review to see the problems with individual game statistical analysis for quarterbacks)
There’s no Week 8 film review due to time constraints, but one of these days I’ll get the numbers here for purposes of all the information being available.
But enough on that. Let’s look at the numbers and talk about Mahomes being an absolute assassin against the Raiders, and how the ceiling is actually even higher than what they showed last Sunday.