The Kansas City Chiefs offense picked up right where it left off in 2018. Talks about Patrick Mahomes’ regression were silenced as we were reminded of his brilliance once again. Mahomes threw for 378 and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 40-26 Week 1 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The win didn’t come for free, however.
The Chiefs lost All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a collarbone injury, which sidelined him for most of the game. After the game, the Chiefs announced that Hill suffered a dislocation of the sternal clavicular joint.
So, what does it mean for Kansas City? Sammy Watkins showed that he is more than capable of assuming a major role in the offense has he went crazy Sunday, totaling 198 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Watkins and Travis Kelce will certainly pull their weight in the receiving offense, but the third option for Mahomes will likely need to emerge in this potent offense.
Rookie Mecole Hardman didn’t catch a pass in Week 1 and accumulated no stats. However, with Hill expected to miss extended time, I expect the Chiefs to create a game plan for the explosive receiver out of Georgia.
Due to his speed and acceleration, Hardman can assume a similar role to Hill.
Damien Williams will also be a key contributor to the passing offense. He caught six passes in the opener for 39 yards. Stats show that when a heavily-targeted receiver is absent from the offense, the running back assumes most of those vacated targets. Williams has been an effective receiver since joining the Chiefs, so expect Mahomes to involve him even more in the passing game.
Kansas City will travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in Week 2 to see how the offense responds without Hill.