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Patrick Mahomes ranked second to Brees in red zone passer rating

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The two quarterbacks are strong in different areas

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On Tuesday, ESPN tweeted a ranking of NFL quarterback passer ratings in the red zone.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was ranked second in this list — behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and ahead of stars like Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers.

This isn’t terribly surprising, since Brees and Mahomes currently rank 1-2 in overall passer rating (ahead of Rivers, Jared Goff and Wilson). But the two players are strong in different areas.

The passer rating formula combines completion, touchdown pass and interception percentage with yards per attempt to create an overall quarterback statistic. Mahomes leads the league in touchdown pass percentage and is second in yards per attempt. Brees leads the league in completion percentage and is second in interception percentage.

Still, it’s nice to see that in one specific area — the red zone — the Chiefs aren’t falling short with Mahomes under center. That’s not something that’s always been true in Kansas City.