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Chiefs headlines for Tuesday, October 2.

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How the Chiefs were built to take over the AFC West from the Broncos | ESPN

The Chiefs can look back at their 2015 breakthrough against the Broncos as the moment when it all started. The Chiefs went to Denver with a 2-5 record, making a victory over the eventual Super Bowl champions look unlikely.

Kareem Hunt provided toughness Chiefs needed to overcome Broncos in Denver | Kansas City Star

This wasn’t going to be a pretty game, not like the Chiefs’ first three. Patrick Mahomes was carving up defenses with his arm and Kansas City entered Monday leading the NFL in scoring at nearly 40 points per game.

How did the Chiefs’ offense become so ridiculously fun to watch? | SB Nation

Mahomes did it again on Monday night, in a 27-23 win over the Broncos. He only threw one touchdown, but his heroics led the Chiefs to a comeback win. With the win, the Chiefs moved to 4-0 on the season, the only undefeated team in the AFC and, along with the Rams, one of only two in the NFL.

Barnwell’s NFL quarter-season awards: Picks for MVP, best rookies, more | ESPN

First: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

I tend to avoid picking players who have three games when everyone else already has played four, but unless Mahomes lays an absolute egg Monday night against a Broncos defense that has been only league average to start the season, he’s going to top these rankings. As good as Brees, Goff and others have been, Mahomes has been an absolute force of nature to start the season.

The trend that makes it too early for Patrick Mahomes MVP talk | New York Post

While Mahomes has posted amazing stats through three games (a stunning passer rating of 137.4, an average just below 300 passing yards per game, and a 13-0 touchdown/interception ratio), there could still be some skeletons in the closet that will be visible before Halloween. Let’s see if we can find any.

Patrick Mahomes Hypes up Team Before Taking the Field | Chiefs.com

Patrick Mahomes hypes up his team in the tunnel with a pregame speech before their Week 4 matchup against the Denver Broncos in the 2018 NFL season.

Chiefs’ Dee Ford: Leaves game with groin injury | CBS Sports

The severity of the injury is not yet known. Should Ford be forced out of the contest, Breeland Speaks could be asked to fill the temporary void. We should have a better idea of Ford’s status in the coming days.

Injuries: Leonard Fournette (hamstring) to miss time | NFL

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Denver Broncos. He left the game and declared out for the remainder of the contest by the team. ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported Watkins ran on the sideline before the start of halftime, but he indicated to team trainers he wasn’t feeling good enough to return.

Around the league

Beware N.F.L. Fans: The Patriots and Cowboys Are Alive and Well | The New York Times

The New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys, two of the most popular, and unpopular, teams in the N.F.L., rescued their seasons for at least another week on Sunday. Their legions of fans, whether largely confined to six New England states, or strangely confined by no coherent boundaries of any kind, breathed sighs of relief.

Earl Thomas Broke His Leg and Maybe the Entire NFL | GQ

So when he was carted off the field last night after suffering a season-ending broken leg during Seattle’s 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Thomas reminded the Seahawks organization just how much he had not forgotten by flipping off what looked to be his own sideline. (See above for a truly malice-filled bird.) Sure, it’s completely possible Thomas was sending a message to some random fan who happened to be over his teammates’ shoulders, insofar as it’s also completely possible that he possesses Wolverine’s mutant healing powers and will be back on the field next week.

GIFs that help explain Week 4: Tarik Cohen laughs at gravity | NFL

Every game during the NFL season tells a story. GIFs -- pronounced “gifs”, “jifs” or “gee-oafs” -- can do the same thing. Let’s explain the world of Week 4 through GIFs.

NFL roughing the passer penalties were less of disaster in Week 4 | SB Nation

Defensive players were flagged for roughing the passer just five times through 14 games in Week 4. That’s the lowest single week total in the league so far — though there’s still one more game to be played Monday night — and fewer than half the roughing flags called in Week 3.

When Fourth-Down Gambles Pay Off—and When They Don’t: Going For It In Week 4 | Sports Illustrated

Titans’ Mike Vrabel rolled the dice on his new team and came up a big winner over the Super Bowl champs, while Indy’s risk-taking might have saved the season—for the Texans. Plus what the difference is for the 3-1 Bengals, a Bears offensive explosion, how defensive coaches weigh up the body weight rule, impact rookies for the Chargers and Patriots, Gruden gets his win and much more

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Mahomes fights back as Chiefs come from behind to beat Broncos 27-23

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes demonstrated a new ability — to come back and win a game after being down two scores in the fourth quarter — as the Chiefs defeat the Broncos27-23 in Denver, extending their record to 4-0.

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