Nathaniel Eyler | @eylernathaniel
December 12th, 2018 23:00
Since the release of All Pro running back Kareem Hunt after a video was uncovered by TMZ showing Hunt kicking and pushing a woman in a Cleveland Ohio hotel, second year quarterback Patrick Mahomes passer rating dropped 24 points in the Kansas City Chiefs week 13 match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, but is it time to count the chiefs out. With playoff chances on the line for their Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Patrick Mahomes will have to use every trick up his sleeve.
After losing an All Pro running back, most teams running game and passing game both decrease in efficiency and effectiveness. Between the years 1998 and 1999 the Detroit lions rushing yards dropped from over 1950 yards to 350 yards after the retirement of Barry Sanders, and quarterback Charlie Batch went from 2150 yards in 1998 to 1950 yards in 1999. After losing the pro bowl back, the teams running game was badly crippled and allowed opposing teams to drop more men into coverage for passing plays.
While Charlie Batch is not nearly as talented of a quarterback as Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs franchise should be worried about a drop-off entering the last stretch of the NFL season into the playoffs. With historical trends stacked against them, running backs Spencer Ware and Damien Williams will need to step up in order to fill the humongous shoes left behind by the 2017 rushing yards leader. Either of these players stepping up would take immense amounts of pressure off the second year quarterback, who is now tasked with leading a super bowl contending team, without their number one offensive weapon.
The resiliency of the Chiefs will surely be put to the test in their Thursday night divisional match-up against the Los Angeles Chargers with the number seventh ranked passing defense in the league. This should lead to a great match-up between two MVP candidate quarterbacks against two top tier defenses in what could lead to the game of the year.
- “Pro Football Statistics and History.” Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed December 13, 2018. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/.