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Chargers: Ranking the AFC West quarterbacks after Russell Wilson trade

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1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

While Patrick Mahomes is still the best quarterback in the division and might be the best quarterback in the league to many, he is no longer as invincible as he was previously perceived. After winning the MVP and Super Bowl in just his second season as a starter it was expected that Mahomes would dominate the conference and nobody could stop him.

The fact of the matter is that he has not regained that same form that he had in 2019. He is obviously still a very elite quarterback, but teams know the game plan to beat him and the Chargers especially have had good success against Mahomes and keeping games close.

Mahomes did struggle at the start of last season and played extremely poorly in the second half of the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It will be interesting to see how he plays in 2022 if the team is not able to add depth to the wide receiver position.

The Chiefs still obviously have Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce but both guys are getting older and Kelce especially seemed to take a step back in 2021. Mahomes has had the best weapons in the league for his entire career, so seeing him with those weapons slightly worse will be interesting.

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It is really hard for me to rank Justin Herbert ahead of Mahomes on this list at this point in time. However, a lot can happen in 2022.