Kansas City Chiefs’ iconic quarterback Patrick Mahomes has become an NFL record-breaker after becoming the quickest man in the sport’s Super Bowl era to reach 90 career touchdown passes.
The legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino had held the record for some time, having reached the milestone in just 40 games. However, Mahomes broke new territory against the Buffalo Bills with his 11-yard pass to Travis Kelce helping him to the 90 landmark in just 37 games.
Mahomes has been incredibly fruitful for the Chiefs ever since his arrival from college football. However, in the last 12 months he has stepped things up a notch to become the danger that everyone knew he could be.
He now holds the longest active streak for touchdown passes in the NFL too, having thrown touchdowns in 17 consecutive games now. After reaching the 90-pass milestone, Mahomes wasn’t finished there against the Bills either, throwing a second touchdown for Kelce just minutes later.
Even though the 25-year-old has only been in the sport for two seasons as a regular starter, he already has a resume that most NFL athletes could dream of. He has a league MVP, a Super Bowl MVP and a Super Bowl success under his belt.
It’s arguably already more glittering than Hall of Famer, Dan Marino, who never managed to win the Lombardi Trophy in his career despite being one of the most feared quarterbacks in the game.
Mahomes in-line to surpass Dan Marino at the 100 touchdown pass milestone too
It’s looking increasingly likely that Mahomes will go on to defeat Marino’s record of the fastest player to reach 100 touchdown passes too. At 91 passes after just 37 games, Mahomes has six games to throw just nine touchdown passes, with Marino reaching the milestone in 44 games.
Mahomes is unique in that he’s not someone who courts the limelight. He is a genuine team player and is desperate to build a lasting dynasty with Kansas City in the next five-to-ten years, on the same level of Brady’s New England Patriots – although Brady has since moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . The Chiefs have made a rock-solid start to the 2020 season, with a 5-1 record so far – their only blot on the copybook being a surprise defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders in early October.
It’s looking ominous for Super Bowl 2021 with the Chiefs in peak form
Nevertheless, the Chiefs are now out in front in the NFL betting odds for Super Bowl futures as the outright favorites to secure back-to-back Lombardi Trophies. The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks may have something to say about those odds in the coming weeks, however, but the Chiefs are certainly the team to beat.
Head coach Andy Reid will have been delighted to see his team rack up a big score in their 43-16 win over the Denver Broncos. Ironically, there was little involvement from Mahomes throughout, with the Chiefs underlining their versatility and ability to win comfortably without Mahomes being at the front and centre of everything they do. They became the first team this year to rack up a touchdown through defense, offense and special teams. The last team to achieve this feat? Tom Brady’s New England Patriots last season during Game Week 6.
There’s no doubt that the playing conditions were by no means conducive for Mahomes. The blustery weather from the Rocky Mountains meant that his passing game was a little off throughout, only completing 15 of his 23 attempted passes.
Mahomes did still manage one touchdown pass, extending his streak to 17 successive games. It’s still a hugely encouraging sign for Chiefs fans that they were able to score in multiple ways and in some of the most challenging conditions.
The one record Mahomes was unable to maintain was racking up multiple touchdown passes in successive games. He earned at least two passes in each of the Chief’s first six games this campaign, becoming the first quarterback in Kansas City history to do so, but he was unable to follow it up in the freezing conditions of Denver.