Watson joins Mahomes in a rare feat: More touchdowns than incompletions

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are two of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks, and they’ve been the only two quarterbacks this season to do something incredibly difficult: Finish a game with more touchdown passes than incompletions.

Watson completed 16 of 20 passes with five touchdowns in Thursday night’s win over the Dolphins, while Mahomes completed 23 of 28 passes with six touchdowns in the Chiefs’ Week Two win over the Steelers.

Before this year, the last starting quarterback to finish a game with more touchdown passes than incompletions was Teddy Bridgewater, pre-knee injury, who completed 17 of 20 passes with four touchdowns in a Vikings win over the Bears in 2015.

Whole NFL seasons go by without a quarterback managing to finish a game with more touchdown passes than incompletions, but we’ve already seen it twice this year. Not a bad accomplishment for a couple of 23-year-olds in their second NFL seasons.

27 responses to “Watson joins Mahomes in a rare feat: More touchdowns than incompletions

  1. Dont get me wrong, its still impressive and both are great young QBs with a very bright future. But dont think for a second that these modern arena like rules dont contribute to this.

  2. I think Kurt Warner did it in a playoff game for the Cardinals about 9-10 years ago. Any others do it in the playoffs? Simms threww three TDs and three incompletions in a Super Doesn’t get much bigger than that.

  3. skunkb3ar says:
    October 27, 2018 at 5:42 am
    Dont get me wrong, its still impressive and both are great young QBs with a very bright future. But dont think for a second that these modern arena like rules dont contribute to this.
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    Maybe. But why are they extremely young QBs doing it and not established star veterans?

  4. skunkb3ar says:
    October 27, 2018 at 5:42 am
    Dont get me wrong, its still impressive and both are great young QBs with a very bright future. But dont think for a second that these modern arena like rules dont contribute to this.
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    Then you’d be surprised to learn it’s happened at least 60 times in the history of the NFL stretching back thru the 1950s, and a lot of them come before the 2004 changes pushed for by Bill Polian after Ty Law completely shut down Marvin Harrison in the 2003 AFCCG. And it might be a rare-ish feat, but it won’t surprise you to learn that Tom Brady has done it FOUR times so far in his career. Peyton Manning managed it 4 times too. Johnny Unitas and Len Dawson both did it twice back in the day. Oh, Brees has done it 3 times. But surprisingly Montana never managed it.

  5. skunkb3ar says:
    October 27, 2018 at 5:42 am
    Dont get me wrong, its still impressive and both are great young QBs with a very bright future. But dont think for a second that these modern arena like rules dont contribute to this.

    They sure are and they sure do. They both were well under the league average attempts per game for any year not in the 1960’s. I’m not sure what it all means and based on history it doesn’t necessarily mean a HOF career but they are fun to watch, unless you’re the other team. Brings back Tarkenton memories. If KC can keep these guys together & healthy they will be a factor for some years but in this day and age people tend to move around chasing $ over W’s.

  6. Meanwhile, my QB Derek “not far” Carr completed 36 passes for 72 yards for a dink and dunk average of 2 yards per COMPLETION. Trade this bum!

  7. If the rules contribute so much why isnt it happening every week? Why arent Big Ben and Brady doing it? Just give these 2 elite talents their well deserved credit, I mean come on..theyre 23 year old kids! Bravo!!! 😀

  8. only two quarterbacks this season to do something incredibly difficult…there will be more with the defense hamstrung as it is…arena football is the new norm…alas, I miss the old nfl…

  9. Maybe. But why are they extremely young QBs doing it and not established star veterans?

    They’re good, no doubt. But keep in mind, at least in the case of Mahomes, this might be the most talented team he’ll ever play on. Ask Wilson and Kaepernick about that.

  10. I guess maybe we don’t need a developmental league after all. I’d say college football is doing fine preparing QB’s for the NFL. The thing I love about these guys is they’re great athletes, but they don’t just use their legs to tuck it and run. They use their mobility to move around while they find the open receiver. Sam Darnold and Josh Allen will be joining these guys as soon as they get a little bit more experience. It’s also why I was sure the NY Giants would draft a mobile QB. I was wrong. What do I know?

  11. All this talk about more TDs than incomplete passes and we are not going to mention Nick Foles Hall of Fame performance vs the Raiders where he went 22 of 28 for 406 yards, 7 TDs, and zero INTs. Watson couldn’t even crack 300 yards, and Mahomes barely cracked 300 yards. They literally took his jersey from that game to the Hall of Fame in Canton to put on display. Foles is already a HOF QB, these boys have a long way to go to get there.

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 27, 2018 at 11:09 am
    These two guys have knocked Wents to the back page !
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    It’s “Wentz”, and Wentz has a SB ring from leading his team to a 11-2 and was considered the favorite for MVP. But you keep keep telling yourself that Wentz is old news as he trashes your Giants team twice a year for the next 10+ years.

  12. what mahomes is doing reminds me a lot of kurt warner when he burst onto the scene in 1999 (obviously different circumstances but performance wise). it’s at the point now where i expect 340 & 3 tds minimum from mahomes now.

  13. “I think Kurt Warner did it in a playoff game for the Cardinals about 9-10 years ago. Any others do it in the playoffs? Simms threww three TDs and three incompletions in a Super Doesn’t get much bigger than that.”

    You’re right, pbdisciple. He lit my Packers up in one of the best games I’ve ever seen a QB have.
    Rodgers had a great night too, and came up barely short. But Warner was unstoppable.

  14. Wins over stats. When do we stop with the stat baiting? Miami wasn’t even playing D out there…..actually, who can seriously play D anymore? Watson looks like an injury about to happen and Mahomes is just passing the Jimmy 5 game world record super bowl favorites precluding streak amount of total games played. Carson Wentz was ranked as a top 3 QB last year, Derek Carr the year before…..it never ends with pundits wanting to be the first to crown the next great one. Seems like almost all of them can’t sustain it.

  15. slick50kc says:

    October 27, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I wouldn’t take Watkins, Hopkins, JJ Watt and Clowney for Patrick Mahomes.
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    That’s why your an idiot fan instead of an NFL GM.

    Mahomes is awesome but it’s been half a season…nobody is good enough to turn down a 4 pro-bowlers for 1 swap…

  16. “ sconnieeaglesfan says:
    October 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    All this talk about more TDs than incomplete passes and we are not going to mention Nick Foles Hall of Fame performance vs the Raiders where he went 22 of 28 for 406 yards, 7 TDs, and zero INTs. Watson couldn’t even crack 300 yards, and Mahomes barely cracked 300 yards. They literally took his jersey from that game to the Hall of Fame in Canton to put on display. Foles is already a HOF QB, these boys have a long way to go to get there. “

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    They put Mahomes’s jersey in the Hall of Fame, too, after week two of this season. That doesn’t make either him or Foles “Hall of Fame QBs” … do you actually believe that?

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