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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Patrick Mahomes took over the reins for the Chiefs offense and he definitely hit the ground running in week one. Mahomes threw for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns proving he can pick up right where Alex Smith left off. The biggest difference between those two guys is arm talent. Patrick Mahomes can stretch the field and that played right into Tyreek Hill’s favor. Hill ended up hauling in 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. The speedy receiver (Hill) also made an impact on special teams taking a punt 91 yards for the score. Between those two guys Andy Reid’s offense is more explosive than they’ve ever been and Kansas City will have a shot to go even further in the playoffs with Mahomes at the helm. LA on the other hand was led by Philip Rivers who threw for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Chargers fought all the way to the end but they were outgunned by a much more potent Chiefs attack. If there was any bright spots for Los Angeles outside of Rivers it’s definitely the fact that Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon both went over 100 yards receiving. Those are the type of plays which will give the Bolts a chance as the season goes on. Allen was also able to find the end zone so the Chargers passing offense continues to flourish. On the defensive side of things Anthony Hitchens had a great night tallying up 15 tackles for Reid’s ball club. Ron Parker played well too he contributed 8 tackles and 1 interception. Los Angeles’ top defender was Desmond King who had 5 tackles. The rookie Derwin James was also exciting he finished his first game with 3 tackles and 1 sack. One of the biggest takeaways from this match up was the fact that Kansas City will probably win the AFC West. LA was their biggest threat but obviously no Joey Bosa was too much for Philip Rivers and company to overcome. Meanwhile the Chiefs stock is soaring. They look like one of the better teams in football and Mahomes could get even better as time goes on.
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The Chiefs high octane offense was on display against the Chargers.