Topic: San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chie

San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chie

Through the first two weeks of the 2018 season, it would be difficult to argue that anybody other than quarterback is the MVP. Mahomes has been electric, throwing 10 touchdown pa ses Andrew Shaw Jersey to lead the Chiefs to two victories, and he does not really look like he can be stopped right now.On Sunday, Mahomes is in another high-profile matchup, his third in a row. After squaring off with in Week 1 and in Week 2, Mahomes will go head to head with 49ers quarterback , who was a popular offseason pick to be in the position Mahomes himself is in right now. Things haven't exactly worked out the same way for Jimmy GQ just yet, but there's plenty of time for him and his own top-notch offensive mastermind to get things in gear.Which of these quarterbacks' teams has the advantage, and why, on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City (1 p.m., Fox)?Read on to find out.When the Chiefs have the ballAt this time last year, I used this exact space to write about the surprising Kansas City Chiefs offense, which had taken the league by storm by scoring 69 points and defeating the and -- the two teams that would eventually meet in the -- in the first two weeks of the season. The most shocking aspect of Kansas City's early-season offensive explosion was that and company were breaking a ton of big plays. Through two weeks, the Chiefs had recorded eight plays of 20 yards or more. They did so on just 116 offensive snaps, giving them a big-play rate of 6.9 percent that, because of small sample sizes a sociated with two-game starts, ranked eighth in the NFL at the time but would have led the league overall from 2013 through 2016. Here we are a year later and, well, the Chiefs have made last year's scorching hot start look lukewarm. During the first two games of the 2018 season, the Chiefs have racked up 14 players of 20 Brandon Saad Men Jersey yards or more. They've done so on only 109 offensive snaps, giving them a league-high big-play rate of 12.84 percent. The next-closest team is the at 10.83 percent. RankTeamPlays20+20+ % 1KC1091412.84%2TB1201310.83%3DEN1361410.29%4LAC1291310.08%5ATL125129.60%6LAR127118.66%7NYJ122108.20%8OAK124108.06%9CIN12097.50%10SF12197.44%Much like they were this time a year ago, the Chiefs have been buoyed by absurdly good quarterback play, highlighted by some of the best downfield throwing performances in the league. But unlike Alex Smith, first-year starter Patrick Mahomes is actually known for his arm strength and ability to make plays downfield. It's merely the degree of his succe s that is surprising, and not the kind. More on the NFL Mahomes' 10 touchdown pa ses during the first two weeks of the season are an NFL record, and half of those touchdowns have come on pa ses that traveled at least 15 yards in the air. He's 12 of 18 for an incredible 332 yards and five scores on such throws, good for a completely ridiculous 149.3 pa ser rating.Mahomes has been dominant in just about every split imaginable, but a few important ones stick out in terms of highlighting how David Kampf Jersey well Andy Reid's play-calling has put him in position to succeed.On throws to the middle of the field, according to data from Sports Info Solutions, Mahomes is 23 of 30 for 317 yards and seven scores. That means 30 of Mahomes' 55 pa s attempts have gone to the middle, now the most fruitful area of the field due to the dual evolution of defenses and NFL rules. Because of the sheer amount of speed and athleticism the Chiefs sport at every skill position, teams have often resorted to playing zone against them, providing Mahomes with wider throwing lanes than if every individual receiver had an a signed cover man. Against zone coverages, he has completed 31 of 41 pa ses for 279 yards and eight touchdowns.Using all that talent to spread the defense out as wide as po sible has also been fruitful, and it should not be surprising that Mahomes has had incredible succe s working out of the empty formations he used so often at ; he's completed 13 of 17 pa ses for 187 yards and three touchdowns when the Chiefs split five receivers out wide.Of course, the most productive pa sing down in the NFL is first down, largely because opposing teams often expect a run. Again, Mahomes has been brilliant pa sing the ball on first down plays, completed 18 of 26 to ses for 294 yards and two touchdowns. (That's nearly half his throws, by the way.) By contrast, he's only attempted eight throws on third down Glenn Hall Jersey , meaning he's rarely ever been in position where he absolutely has to make a play to extend a drive. Again, this all points toward Reid putting his young quarterback in position to succeed. And succeed he has, by targeting a diverse array of pa s-catchers whose skill sets both complement each other's and augment Mahomes' specific strengths. is arguably the fastest player in football, and his speed has been used in all the right ways. Hill has taken two jet sweeps for big gains, but his other 14 targets have been so deep that he still ranks seventh in the entire league in average depth of target. Additionally, his 9.3 yards after catch per reception ranks fourth in the NFL, indicating that the Chiefs have done a good job getting him the ball in open space in order to allow him to do damage with his legs. Similarly, while had a quiet Week 1, he exploded in Week 2 and now ranks 14th in the NFL in yards per target and 12th in yards after catch per reception. has been targeted just three times, but one of those resulted in a touchdown and all of his looks have allowed him to get downfield and use his size and athleticism to take advantage of smaller, slower players. The Chiefs have also utilized tight end in a variety of ways, getting him involved on short, medium, and long pa ses while isolating him against linebackers and safeties who generally stand no chance of covering him in open space due to his combination of size, strength, and agility.Somewhat surprisingly, all of Kansas City's pa sing succe s has not yet translated to loosening things up for the run game. is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry through two weeks and has yet to score on the ground, while last year at this time he was averaging 7.6 per carry and had three rushing scores. Some of Hunt's lack of succe s seems to stem from the Chiefs not doing what they've been doing with Mahomes, Corey Crawford Men Jersey i.e., putting him in position to succeed. Of his 34 carries thus far, only 11 of them have come with the Chiefs in 11 personnel, their most efficient alignment. He's gained 64 yards on those 11 carries, an average of 5.8 per pop. His other 23 carries have gained just 60 yards combined, and that's what's dragging him down. If the Chiefs begin taking advantage of light boxes by having Hunt run out of 11 more often, he should see an uptick in efficiency. And if that happens ... look out. Against San Francisco on Sunday, it will be inte