Ma­homes does the no-look and the Chiefs pros­per

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It’s a play in bas­ket­ball per­fected by the likes of Magic John­son, Ja­son Kidd and Steve Nash. But the no-look pass is catch­ing on in foot­ball as well.

And it’s chief prac­ti­tioner (par­don the pun)? None other than the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pa­trick Ma­homes.

Lost in the third-year quar­ter­back’s mon­ster 2018 sea­son, one that saw him win the NFL MVP Award on the strength of 5,097 yards pass­ing with 50 touch­downs and a 113.8 passer rat­ing, is a play that is nearly im­pos­si­ble to de­fend.

When cov­er­ing a re­ceiver, de­fen­sive backs will of­ten look back at the passer’s eyes to see where and when the ball is com­ing. Ma­homes’ trick play takes away that crit­i­cal tell, as de­fend­ers con­verge on where they think the ball is going, leav­ing other re­ceivers wide open. It doesn’t take an of­fen­sive ge­nius to re­al­ize how ef­fec­tive that bit of mis­di­rec­tion can be.

That was ev­i­dent when he first broke it out in a De­cem­ber 2018 game against the Bal­ti­more Ravens, when he looked right and passed left to Demarcus Robin­son for a nine-yard gain. Tony Romo, the former star quar­ter­back and cur­rent CBS an­a­lyst cov­er­ing that con­test, was agog.

The play has caught the at­ten­tion of other sig­nal call­ers as well, among them the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ Tom Brady, the Cleve­land Browns’ Baker May­field and the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ Ryan Fitz­patrick, who were work­ing it into their reper­toires this pre­sea­son. For his part, Ma­homes also used train­ing camp to hone his tech­nique.

Ma­homes and the Chiefs can be seen in ac­tion Sun­day, Sept. 15, when they pay a visit to the AFC West-ri­val Oak­land Raiders in a game air­ing on CBS.

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