Kansas City ran the ball early and often against the Bengals on Saturday night. The Chiefs showed they have a potent offense moving the ball for over 400 yards. Three separate quarterbacks threw for touchdowns on Saturday night. Alex Smith started the night for the Chiefs but didn’t end up playing past the middle of the second quarter. Smith made a great deep throw to Travis Kelce who was making his preseason debut. He would later hit Demetrius Harris in the endzone to cap his sole touchdown drive.
Mahomes ability to move in the pocket and his arm strength was was on full display for the young Chiefs QB on Saturday night.
Patrick Mahomes took over in the middle of the second quarter and took the Chiefs on a touchdown drive of his own. He led the team down the field with the help of CJ Spiller who showed great burst through the hole. Mahomes even showed off his legs, running around the right side after the pocket collapsed. What looked like a touchdown at first was reversed as Mahomes was shown to have stepped out of bounds.
His second drive to start the third quarter was even more impressive than the first. Spiller had a couple of nice runs to start the third period but KC ended up in a third and thirteen around midfield. Mahomes rolled to his right and threw back across his body for a fifteen yard first down to De’Anthony Thomas. A couple of plays later he made another amazing throw. Patrick rolled out to his left evading a rush from a closing defensive end. As he got away from the end he again threw back across his body. The throw went twenty five yards downfield and he threaded the needle to hit Gavin Escobar for another first down. The next play Mahomes would find Thomas on a wide receiver screen for a touchdown.
Tyler Bray took over in the middle of the third quarter on a short field and threw one pass on the first drive. That throw was a fifteen yard strike in stride to Seantavius Jones for a touchdown. Bray would only have a couple more throws as the Chiefs struggled with field position issues due to penalties. Kansas City was also up on the scoreboard and started running the ball again.
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