New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

So what exactly do the Patriots have to worry about with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes?

Uh, everything.

It’s certainly a tough spot for the second-year signal-caller out of Texas Tech, as he comes to Foxborough to face a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots defense on Sunday Night Football. But the 23-year-old has greatly impressed Belichick to this point, and the head coach knows the Patriots will have their hands full trying to slow him down along with all his weapons.

What in particular has impressed Belichick through Mahomes’ first five games?

“Yeah, pretty much everything,” said Belichick during a Monday conference call. “He gets the ball to all of his receivers quick, quick release, sees things quickly, can extend plays, got a great arm, got a fabulous arm, can throw the ball out of the stadium. He makes good decisions, accurate, gets the ball out on time.”

Oct 1, 2018, Denver, CO: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Oct 1, 2018, Denver, CO: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The proof is in the numbers. Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes against just two interceptions, he’s posted a 112.7 passer rating, and the Chiefs are 5-0 – including 3-0 on the road.

Perhaps most impressive was Mahomes’ first taste of real adversity in Week 4 at Denver. Facing a 23-13 deficit in the fourth quarter, Mahomes led two late scoring drives to give the Chiefs a 27-23 win. Mahomes went 13-for-16 for 153 yards and a touchdown in the quarter, with running back Kareem Hunt finishing off the go-ahead touchdown drive.

Considering that the Chiefs boast weapons at all areas of the offense, the Patriots defense is facing perhaps its biggest test of the season. The Patriots open as three-point favorites. But if Mahomes plays like he has for the majority of the season so far, the Chiefs will be a serious threat to pull the upset.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.