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Chiefs-Jets: three big takeaways from Week 8

Patrick Mahomes belongs in the NFL MVP conversation.

NFL: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The defending world champions took care of business — covering against a bad football team and winning 35-9. We broke the game down on the AP Laboratory Postgame Show — as presented by Ruback Jewelry.

Here are three big takeaways from the game:

The pass catchers feasted

The offense was one-dimensional, but it wasn’t seeing much resistance. The passing game sustained success almost the entirety of the game. Travis Kelce paced the offense with eight catches, 106 yards and a touchdown. As we mentioned on the game preview show — this was a good week to get the deep passing game going, and Tyreek Hill found the end zone twice on two explosive pass plays. Mecole Hardman had more than four catches for the first time in his career. He found the end zone on a touch pass jet sweep and had more catches at the intermediate level than we’ve seen — a positive sign.

Put Patrick Mahomes in the MVP race

Matt Lane called it on our game preview show — Mahomes is going to throw for five touchdowns, and people are going to need to start talking about him in the MVP race again. Mahomes was distributing the ball evenly and with exceptional production — four receivers registered 63-plus yards and a touchdown. The reigning Super Bowl MVP was cooking on Sunday. Mahomes is now up to 2,315 yards, 21 touchdowns and just one interception on the season. He’s played some great football in the biggest moments, and his team is 7-1 halfway through the season. Give the man his due.

Chris Jones was dominant

The pass rush production wasn’t great statistically for the Chiefs against the Jets — but Chris Jones lived in the backfield. The interior offensive line for New York had no answer for one of the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in football. Sam Darnold did a nice job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly — but Jones was still getting pressure on quicker-developing plays. It was a dominant performance — and the former Mississippi State Bulldog has a really strong stretch of football going right now.


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