Here are your stat predictions for the Chiefs’ Week 9 game versus the Carolina Panthers!
The Chiefs started strong through their first half-season as they start 7-1 with a tough loss to the Las Vegas Raiders; now, they’ll be facing the 3-5 Carolina Panthers at home. The Panthers themselves are in rebuild mode trying to become the prominent team they once were in years past with the elusive Teddy Bridgewater at the helm.
While they look decent on paper, Mahomes and company will be ready to seek and destroy the Panthers’ offense and defense with ease, so without further ado, let’s predict that stats for some of your FAVORITE Kansas City Chiefs’ players:
Patrick Mahomes: 298 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 20 rushing yards
The Panthers pass defense has been somewhat surprising as they are ranked 15th in the league in pass defense allowing only 232.5 passing yards per game. That ranks them in the middle of the league; moreover, on the road, they allow 255 passing yards per game, which can work in Mahomes’ favor with the crowd noise and his rocket launcher of an arm.
Mahomes had an exceptional game last week with 416 passing yards and five touchdowns against the Jets that warmed him to sling it as he did in 2018, so expect a good amount of touchdowns from him Sunday.
Also, he has thrown one interception all year, so I don’t see him throwing any in this game. He will add to this impressive showing with a decent chunk of rushing yards, but not much as he has rushed for zero yards in his past two games. He hasn’t been using his feet a lot, which is fine by all Chiefs fans as the less he has to scramble, the better.
Rushing leader: Clyde Edwards-Helaire; 83 rushing yards, one touchdown; two catches for 17 yards
Edwards-Helaire hasn’t had a lot of large showings this season, except in Week 1 versus the Texans and Week 6 versus the Bills, but I believe he’ll pull another one out this week against the Panthers. The Panthers have allowed an average of 135.8 rushing yards on the road this season and an average of 125 rushing yards per game this season; this ranks them 20th in rush defense. Edwards-Helaire is well-known to feed on weak defenses, as he did against Buffalo, and he’ll be able to prove that is his the best rookie running back coming out of the 2020 draft.
His receiving stats have been spotty over the past few weeks, as he has only averaged around 12 receiving yards through the past three games of the season. Don’t expect him to be a huge factor within it, but he’ll provide necessary yardage for the Chiefs’ offense to persevere.
Receiving Leader: Tyreek Hill; seven catches, 105 yards, two touchdowns
Seven catches aren’t outlandish for Hill to achieve and, incidentally, it would be his season-high this season (his season-high right now is six versus the Denver Broncos). As I stated beforehand, the Panthers have one of the bottom-half passing defenses in the league; furthermore, in Hill’s last game against the Panthers (in 2016), he hauled in 10 catches for 89 yards. While it was a long time ago, history tends to sometimes keep up with certain players; it will here.
A touchdown wouldn’t be hard to come by either as he has three in his past two games, and his first 100-yard game of the season is within his grasp. He will be someone to watch out for this week.
Defensive Standout: Daniel Sorensen; nine tackles, two TFL, one interception
Dirty Dan has played sensationally over the last two games, and last week was a game like no other (yes, it was against the Jets, but we must give credit where credit is due):
In his past two games, he has tallied 18 total tackles, one interception that turned into a 50-yard pick-six, a forced fumble, a pass deflection, and he hasn’t missed a tackle in those two games. Against the Panthers who don’t have the “best” offense, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Dirty Dan keeps this level of play up; if he does, he could see a Pro-Bowl nod in his near future.
That’s all for my stat predictions of the Chiefs versus the Panthers! Thanks for reading and have an awesome rest of your day.