Quarterback Patrick Mahomes opened up the season with an electrifying start in last Sunday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals, and it was nothing new. Mahomes has shown time after time that he can shine in season-openers, which is something that he credits to his preparation in the offseason as well as training camp.
Mahomes completed 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards with five touchdowns on Sunday, moving his record in season-openers to 5-0.
"I'll just tell you his preparation [and] the way he approaches [the game]," said Head Coach Andy Reid when asked to explain Mahomes' continual fast starts. "He's extremely smart, his recall is exceptional...Retention goes along with that. You tell him something once, and he has it. He wants to be great."
Per CBS Sports, Mahomes is the first quarterback in NFL history to record 3+ touchdown passes in five consecutive season-openers. His preparation is undoubtedly a key to his success in season-openers; however, his ability to trust the receivers he is throwing to plays a part in that success.
"I'm very comfortable with them," said Mahomes of his relationship with the new skill players that joined the Chiefs this offseason. "You saw the guys step up and make plays – tough contested catches."
The Chiefs have another tough test ahead of them by facing off against the Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Mahomes will have to evade veteran pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa in this week's matchup, but if history is any indication, the 26-year-old Mahomes will be ready.
While another daunting opponent lies ahead of them, the Chiefs hope that their preparation will be enough to handle the Chargers' skilled defense.
"We did a great job of executing in Week 1," Mahomes said. "Now, let's carry it on into Week 2."