Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes heard all of the noise this offseason about potentially not being the same without wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mahomes completed 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He had his way with the Arizona Cardinals defense in a 44-21 win for the Kansas City Chiefs.
There is a reason why Kansas City has won the AFC West divisional title for six consecutive seasons and has also been to four straight AFC Championship games. The Chiefs dominated this football game from start to finish. Out of 66 plays they ran, they picked up 33 first downs. Head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy have done a great job of scheming things wide open for this offense.
On the opening drive of the football game, Patrick Mahomes threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. Kelce was their leading receiver with eight receptions for 121 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Newcomer Juju Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 79 yards receiving. He was signed as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Later in the first quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He had three receptions for 32 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 42 yards on seven carries and he was the Kansas City Chiefs leading rusher.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire also had a 4-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter for Kansas City.
Patrick Mahomes threw two more touchdown passes to Jody Fortson 1-yard reception and Mecole Hardman Jr. 2-yard reception in the third quarter for the Chiefs. Hardman Jr. caught three passes for 16 yards receiving and one touchdown. Fortson’s touchdown reception was his only reception in this football game.
Patrick Mahomes will be in the MVP conversation all season long with quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills though. Patrick Mahomes will be doing this all season long though.
The Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) next game will be on Thursday night on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) in an AFC West Showdown.
The Arizona Cardinals (0-1) next game will be on Sunday on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders (0-1).