Chiefs Playmakers – Mid Year Stats

Chiefs play-makers and their mid-season stats. 

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Derek Dietz @OriginalMrDietz

The Chiefs sit at 5-2 at the bye week. This is a good time to look at near mid-season yardage totals and projections to a seventeen-game schedule.

As predicted by most outlets, Mahomes is having an MVP caliber year. Currently, he sits at 2159 yards, 20 TD, and 5 picks. After 17 games, this projects to 5243 yards, 49 TD, and 12 interceptions. This would be fantastic news for Chiefs Kingdom and could translate well to a deep post-season run. 5000 yards & 50 TD would be hard to beat for league MVP.

Now to the rushing attack. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 65 attempts, 288 yards, and 3 TD. This projects to 158 attempts, 699 yards, and 7 TD. Isiah Pacheco has 39 rushes for 192 and 1 TD. This should pound out to 95 attempts for 467 yards and 3 touchdowns. There is some speculation about the carry share, which may lead to Pacheco seeing more touches down the stretch. Jerick McKinnon getting spot duty currently has 29 touches, 119 yards, and no TD’s. He sits at a projection of 70 rushes for 289 yards.

Collectively, the 3-headed monster could average out at 1454 yards and 10 TD by the end of the season. This would be a nice year by the running back room.  But we all know Andy Reid is a pass first, run when you can type of coach so there may be a decline in carries as the season continues. However, the Chiefs have been rumored to be in trade talks for Kareem Hunt, which may increase production as the season progresses.

The receivers are off to a nice start. Obviously, Travis Kelce leads the way with 47 catches, 553 yards, and 7 TD’s. This projects to 114 catches, 1343 yards, and 17 touchdowns. This would also be a fantastic year that would warrant OPOY chatter. While keeping this pace may be difficult, Kelce is the most capable of doing this. There is no question he’s the best in the business. JuJu Smith-Schuster currently has 34 catches for 494 yards and 2 touchdowns. This would project to a very nice year of 1199 yards and 5 TD’s. Not to mention, he has only improved as the season has continued.

Marquez Valdez-Scantling has 22 catches for 369 yards but has yet to find the end zone. This projects to a nice season of 896 yards and I find it hard to imagine he will not have 2-3 TD’s when it is all said and done. He is another guy who has only played better as his chemistry has built with the team.

The other receivers are also on pace for nice seasons, which is not a surprise because Mahomes has been spreading the wealth all around. Mecole Hardman is on pace for 530 yards and 7 touchdowns. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is also on pace for 333 yards the 7 touchdowns through the air.

Sadly, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore have not made significant or reliable contributions YET. Justin Watson currently has 4 catches for 64 yards and 2 TDs. Skyy Moore through seven games has 6 catches for 100 yards but no touchdowns.

It’s tough to predict what the receiving room will look like come the end of the season. Between possible trades and free agency signings, it is hard to predict WHO will be on the Chiefs, not to mention their stats. The Chiefs are also notorious for different guys being the guy from week to week. There could be an entire new scheme come playoff time. All we know is, the Chiefs are in good hands.

We are living in the golden era of Chiefs Football, and it will never be better than this. Enjoy it while it lasts. The duo of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid should produce stats for years to come. Here is to a great second half of the season!

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