Mahomes finished 21 of 26 for 225 yards. His first scoring toss to Kelce was the 90th of his career in his 37th game, breaking the NFL record for fewest games to 90 TD passes. Hall of Famer Dan Marino had the previous mark at 40 games.
For once, Patrick Mahomes didn’t have to carry the Chiefs offense. Although Mahomes had an impressive game, it was rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who carried Kansas City to the win on Monday. CEH gashed the Bills defense up for 161 yards on the ground, which was the highest rushing total by any Chiefs running back in three years. It was a dominant performance by a Chiefs offensive line that had been shuffled around due to multiple injuries. Overall, the Chiefs rushed for 245 yards as a team, which was the highest total ever under Andy Reid and the franchise’s highest total since 2012. As for Mahomes, although his numbers won’t blow you away, he did throw two TD passes to Travis Kelce, which proved to be the difference in the game.
2) When the Bills (4-2) offense sputtered and lost for the first time the prior week against the Titans, there was no reason to panic. Following a second straight loss and a suspect outing for the offense, there is now reason for worry. Allen and Mahomes each struggled early with inaccuracy amid the rainy conditions, but Mahomes adjusted and so too did the Chiefs offense with its rushing approach. Allen remained off-target much of the night (14-of-27 for 122 yards, two touchdowns, interception). Allen struggled, but the offense did as a whole. He was also the leading rusher for the Bills (eight carries for 42 yards). The running game, even with a healthy Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, was rarely bothersome for the Chiefs defense, managing only 84 yards on 23 carries as a team with the Chiefs outgaining the Bills by a staggering 466-206 disparity. If Allen is to find the form that dazzled us through the initial four weeks of the season, it can’t just all be on him. It was against the Chiefs, and the Bills lost for the second game in a row. Another response is needed for the Bills, who are still in first place in a struggling AFC East, and it must be a far better one than was shown Monday.
By most measures, Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league—maybe the best in a generation. But Monday night in Buffalo, we witnessed something that might be even scarier than watching him whip off-balance lasers all over the field. Something that should terrify the snot out of every other team in the league.
Against a one-loss Buffalo Bills team that is widely considered a Super Bowl contender, the Chiefs didn’t need Mahomes to stand on his head to win. Not even a little bit.
Chiefs (4-1) at Broncos (2-3)
Opening line: Chiefs, -9
Andy Reid coaching against an AFC West team is almost unfair at this point. Since 2015, the Chiefs have gone 28-4 straight-up against divisional opponents and 21-10-1 ATS. The Chiefs have also dominated the Broncos, going 9-0 straight-up in their past nine games (8-1 ATS). The Chiefs have won and covered in their past five trips to Denver. The Chiefs have also shown a penchant for covering big point spreads as they’ve gone 4-1-1 ATS in the past six games where they’ve been favored by nine or more.
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Without Prescott under center, the Cowboys never really got going. They went three-and-out on their first two possessions, and then the turnover bug hit. Running back Ezekiel Elliott fumbled the ball twice in the first half—he now has four lost fumbles this season. Dalton was forced to chuck the ball 54 times to try to get the Cowboys back in the game, but he totaled just 266 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions.
The poor effort was even more remarkable because of how thoroughly unimpressive the Cardinals looked themselves. Quarterback Kyler Murray completed just nine of his 24 passes, looking out of sync with his receivers on multiple occasions, and Arizona didn’t get points on the board until the second quarter. Yet by halftime, the Cardinals led 21-3.
Mostert suffered the injury in the first half of the game and came out after halftime with his ankle taped. After a one-yard carry to begin the second half, Mostert exited the game and would not return. He finished the night with 17 carries for 65 yards and two catches for 11 yards.
Injuries have plagued Mostert in his first season as the Niners’ lead back. Week 6 was the 28-year-old’s second game back from an MCL sprain that caused him to miss Weeks 3 and 4. He suffered that injury in the first half of the team’s Week 2 victory against the Jets.
Mostert’s mounting injury history is something that could turn into a cause for concern for Shanahan and Co. moving forward. His 2017 and 2018 campaigns ended by way of trips to the IR.
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The offensive line shuffles, succeeds
Center Daniel Kilgore got the start over Austin Reiter, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz left after the first series with a back issues and the Chiefs were forced to shuffle things around. The result was the most dominant performance of the season. Mike Remmers replaced Schwartz after starting the game at left guard — and second year player Nick Allegretti stepped in. The results on the ground speak for themselves, as the new-look interior offensive line punished Buffalo to the tune of 245 yards. That interior should get another few weeks moving forward to see if it can replicate what they did on Monday afternoon.
old fashion Monday night 2 for 1 special https://t.co/Slnmqeliot— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) October 20, 2020