At some point during their recent skid, the overreaction to the struggles of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense became overblown. It is a product of the times we live in, but when pundits made the jump from pointing out that the Chiefs had issues on offense to questioning whether Mahomes would ever contend for a Super Bowl again, they made the leap from observant to insane.
It was always a matter of time before Mahomes got back on track and that happened on Sunday Night Football when the former MVP threw for five touchdowns, no interceptions, and 406 yards in a 41-14 win that put Kansas City back on top of the AFC West. This was difficult to predict on Mahomes’ side, particularly given that Kansas City’s offense had hit rock bottom against Green Bay a week earlier, but perhaps we should have seen in coming on the Las Vegas side, as the Raiders are following their annual plan to a “t”. Head coach Jon Gruden is gone, but this is the third straight season that a promising start has gone off the rails around the midway point after an inexcusable loss on a road trip east; this year, it was a loss to the Giants that Las Vegas followed that up by getting blown out at home.
Steven Clinton, better known as "The Professor", is a former D-1 Quality Control Assistant (Northwestern, Toledo) who holds a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. He maintains an end-to-end NFL game projection model and is a film junkie who breaks down the tape of every NFL game.
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