Last week, Patrick Mahomes expressed confidence in the Kansas City Chiefs' ability to restore its swagger and regain championship-level, high-octane form on offense. And those who trusted the former MVP are now the ones smiling.
The Chiefs resembled their old, dominant self on Sunday, as Mahomes threw for a whopping 406 yards with five touchdowns in a 41-14 primetime win over the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mahomes' three career games with 400-plus yards and five scores is now tied for the most such games in NFL history.
"There was nothing that teams were doing to him that forced him to be bad -- it was what he was doing to himself, and these ridiculous throws he thinks he can get away with all the time," Tiki Barber said during the Tiki and Tierney show on Tuesday. "He was pretty dang good this past weekend, throwing for 400 yards, five touchdowns. He still made a couple of those stupid throws...
"I look at the result and I'm pleased, because it's Patrick Mahomes. But I'm still seeing some of the dangerous things that caused them to have this gross inefficiency to start the season. It's not gone yet. They haven't eradicated the mistake-prone Mahomes yet. They just did it, got away with it against a really struggling Raiders team right now."
From start to finish, Mahomes looked rejuvenated in and around the pocket, and displayed an elite combination of patience and big-play improvisation. During the first half, he connected with speedy receiver Tyreek Hill for a pair of touchdowns inside the red zone, and in the fourth quarter, he expanded the field with 20-plus scoring passes to Darrell Williams and Byron Pringle.
Through 10 games, the Chiefs' offense ranks fourth in the league in average yards (405.6) and 10th in average points (26.2). Although Mahomes remains in the bottom-three in interceptions (10), he hasn't committed a turnover in two straight games, and his total passing yards (2,940) and touchdowns (25) rank second-best among qualifying quarterbacks.
Kansas City (6-4), which owns sole possession of first place in the AFC West, will host the Dallas Cowboys (7-2) in a marquee Week 11 matchup on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Chiefs currently have an 82-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 52-percent chance to win the division.
Tiki and Tierney's complete thoughts on Mahomes and the Chiefs can be accessed in the audio player above.