There weren't many teams that could slow down Patrick Mahomes in 2018. The second-year Chiefs quarterback had one of the most successful seasons in NFL history, and he's likely on his way to winning the MVP.
If you want to know how to get the best of Mahomes, just ask Oakland and San Francisco. No, not the Raiders and 49ers, but the A's and Giants.
In three games this season -- two against the Raiders and one against the 49ers -- Mahomes combined to throw for 890 yards, nine touchdowns, one interception, and three wins. Maybe the Bay Area's football teams should have called their baseball counterparts.
Take out the "rick" and you have Pat Mahomes, aka the gunslinger's father, the same man who pitched 11 years in Major League Baseball.
The elder Mahomes was a sixth-round MLB draft pick by the Twins in 1988, and wound up pitching for six different teams -- Twins, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers, Cubs, and Pirates. Two of his least favorite teams to face, were the A's and Giants.
Over 18 games, the A's had Pat Mahomes' number, to say the least. He had a 7.00 ERA against Oakland, the third-highest of all teams he faced at least 10 times. In 54 innings pitched, he allowed 19 home runs, the most any team hit against him.
The Giants faced Mahomes much less than the A's, but had just as much success. In five appearances out of the bullpen, San Francisco scored five earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched, good for a 7.11 ERA.
He only struck out one Giant in his career.
If the Patriots want to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Chiefs offense in the AFC Championship Game, don't play it safe, swing for the fences.