Mile High Magic
By Sam Kombrink, Sports Columnist
Monday night the chiefs showed the country who they really are. Die-hards will compare this team to past ones, but I don’t think you can. Why do I say that? Because we have never seen a quarterback like sir Patrick Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to victory in donkey town.
The Kansas City offense has now scored 145 points through four games to start the season. These are the most points in the first four games played in club history, passing the 2002 Chiefs (142).
As for “Big Red” Andy Reid he continues his dominance over the AFC West. Since his arrival in 2013, Chiefs Head Coach Reid has a 23-9 record against the AFC West. Dating back to 2015, Kansas City has won 18 of its last 20 vs. AFC West opponents, including a streak of six straight wins. The Chiefs win Monday marks Reid’s 198th win (regular and postseason) in the NFL. He is currently ranked ninth among all head coaches and only trails New England’s Bill Belichick (280) among active head coaches.
After the game Reid joked that he had been working real hard with Mahomes on the left-handed throws, but calls his QB unbelievable. “You need this. We talked about having a lead. Everyone has asked what if you’re behind? How’s the team going to react? How’s Patrick going to re-act? And so we got a taste of that.”
Mahomes finished the night completing 28/45, throwing for 304 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 3 rushes for 7 yards, 1 Rushing TD, 1 Fumble, but still no interceptions this year. Monday’s game gave him 1,200 yards through the first four games of season which ranks first in franchise history. Mahomes passed QB Alex Smith’s previous record of 1,110 passing yards through Weeks 1-4 set in 2015.
CHIEFS- MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH WEEK 4
- 1,200 Patrick Mahomes 2018
- 1,110 Alex Smith 2015
- 1,073 Alex Smith 2016
- 1,067 Alex Smith 2017
- 1,058 Matt Cassel 2012
Running Back Kareem Hunt eclipsed 100-yards on the ground. Hunt rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries in Monday night’s game, passing the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season. Hunt has rushed for over 100 yards seven times in his career. Hunt also added 54 receiving yards on three receptions.
We have a few men down. One of them is wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who injured his hamstring in the first half of Monday night’s game. The 25-year-old receiver inked a three-year, $48-million contract in March of 2018.
In order for the Chiefs to keep winning games, this team will keep making big plays late in the game. The offensive line got it together by the end, but was giving Mahomes no time at all. I told my friends he should step up in the pocket verses rolling out and facing that pass rush. Let’s not forget the defense. Safety Eric Murray got his first career interception, and the Chiefs were able to put pressure on the Denver quarterback, Case Keenum, who was sacked three times Monday Night ( Dee Ford, Justin Houston, Allen Bailey). Down 10 in the fourth quarter, Mahomes did his thing and got us another Kansas City Chiefs victory.