Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt combine for 7 touchdowns to lead the Chiefs past the Patriots 42-27:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Kansas City Chiefs were trailing the New England Patriots at halftime 17-14 but Kansas City exploded for 28 second half points to secure the win. Alex Smith had terrific night throwing the football for the Chiefs offense and finished the game with 4 touchdowns. Smith also added 368 yards through the air and vastly outplayed Tom Brady to improve KC to 1-0 on the year. Chiefs rookie Running Back Kareem Hunt also was dominant for Andy Reid’s offense. Hunt scored 3 touchdowns against a lackluster Patriots defense and even broke a record for the most week 1 yards from scrimmage by rookie with 245. Hunt was not only exceptional on the ground he showed he is also a threat catching the football out of the backfield. So he joins guys like Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson as the new breed of NFL running backs who can run and catch. Tyreek Hill had a huge night for Kansas City as well, he recorded 133 receiving yards and 1 touchdown reception. Hill was explosive all night but did leave the game late with an injury. It’s not certain how long Hill will be sidelined for but it’s definitely a huge setback if he has to miss some time. Defensively the Chiefs were led by Justin Houston who registered 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Ron Parker also got in on the action putting up 11 tackles on the night for the Chiefs defense. It should also be noted that Eric Berry suffered an achilles injury and could be out of action for the remainder of the season. For the Patriots Tom Brady struggled throwing for 267 yards and 0 touchdowns. While Brady didn’t have any turnovers he wasn’t the usual Tom Brady that we are used to and the fact that he couldn’t throw for a touchdown pass really hurt the Patriots chances in this one. One player who did have a big night for New England was first year Patriot Mike Gillislee. Gillislee scored 3 rushing touchdowns for the Patriots and showed he runs extremely hard in-between the tackles. Danny Amendola had 100 yards receiving for the Patriots, he was the most notable pass catcher for Bill Belichick’s team. While Devin McCourty played well recording 10 tackles for the Patriots defense. Trey Flowers had 5 tackles and 2 sacks too but New England couldn’t slow down Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense in the end. This game was overall a huge momentum building experience for Kansas City because now they believe they can beat in anyone in the league. That confidence will be huge for the Chiefs as they head into the next 15 games of their season.

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