Most of that is because of one man: Patrick Mahomes, everyone’s new quarterback crush. In the Chiefs’ 45-10 rout of the Bengals on Sunday Night Football, Mahomes was lights out again. He threw for 358 yards and rushed for another 43. He added four more touchdowns to his MVP campaign. That increased his total to a league-leading 22 passing touchdowns this season — the most ever for a quarterback in his first eight career games, at least since the Super Bowl has existed.
But he didn’t do it alone Sunday night. Kareem Hunt was responsible for 141 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving). The Chiefs defense, which came into Week 7 allowing yards at a frighteningly historic pace, held the Bengals to just 239 yards. And Marvin Lewis still knows how to lay an egg in primetime games.
Yet, Mahomes was the star once again. As we’ve seen all season, there’s a reason his dad gave him “Showtime” as a nickname when he was growing up.
It’s not always about the gaudy numbers he puts up, though. Mahomes is also a source of entertainment whenever the cameras are on him. So while those stats may have helped him lead the Chiefs to the top-scoring offense in the league and a 6-1 record, let’s highlight some of the other ways Mahomes kept the party going Sunday night.
He gave an overlooked teammate a chance to shine
Long snappers usually don’t get much attention — and when they do, it’s probably not for a good reason (just ask the Cowboys). So here, when Mahomes just had to throw it away, he was a gentleman enough to cede the spotlight to long snapper James Winchester for a brief moment:
The only way your long snapper gets a catch during primetime pic.twitter.com/Upm6xt4DHq— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 22, 2018
He waved off trash talk
After a 23-yard scramble, Mahomes ran out of bounds, where Bengals safety Shawn Williams started jawing at him.
Mahomes ran off and did a little wave on his way back on the field:
He shook off a defender
Even when a pass-rushing monster like Carlos Dunlap got a hand on him, it didn’t matter:
[Mahomes promptly throws it a million yards] pic.twitter.com/lAmjL02G35— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) October 22, 2018
50 yards later, that’s a complete pass to Sammy Watkins, just in case you needed a reminder that Mahomes’ arm is stupid strong:
He dropped the ball
He mishandled the snap? That’s no problem, especially when Tyreek Hill his waiting in the corner of the end zone for a fast ball:
He danced like no one was watching
Early in the second quarter, Mahomes hit Hunt for a 15-yard touchdown, their second of the game. They celebrated with a little dance party:
We don’t know what kind of dance that was, but apparently Mahomes didn’t either:
I'm a serious journalist, so I asked Mahomes what was going on in this dance:— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 22, 2018
“They didn’t really let me on what we were doing, so I just tried to go along with it. It wasn’t my best effort, but hopefully by the end of the season, I can combat that.”
SNF played La Macarena before going to break.— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 22, 2018
That song is two years older than Patrick Mahomes.
He sang along to “Sweet Caroline”
No matter how you feel about “Sweet Caroline,” you know the words. Mahomes does too, and he wasn’t shy about singing with the fans at Arrowhead Stadium:
Good times never seemed so goooood pic.twitter.com/9LCh6NuLD6— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 22, 2018
If the Red Sox win the World Series, blame/credit Mahomes.
He brought us back to 2003
And if you ever doubted Mahomes’ throwing skills, then you should see what he was able to to with a basketball back when he was a kid. That’s more of a football throw than a basketball heave. The accuracy was already there!
With Mahomes at quarterback, the Chiefs have been incredibly fun to watch all season. Unfortunately, we have to wait another month until they’re in primetime again.
Fortunately, that game is against the league’s other most fun offense, the Rams. So it should be worth the wait.