When Patrick Mahomes noticed how the Buffalo Bills have been defending him and the Kansas City Chiefs in Monday night time‘s 26-17 win, it triggered him to flash again.
“It takes me again to my school days at Texas Tech after we‘re getting [eight defenders in pass coverage] and the linebackers are 6, 7 yards deep,” Mahomes stated. “If groups are going to try this, we have got to run the soccer till they arrive up, and once they come up, we’ll throw the soccer once more.
“As soon as we noticed how deep their linebackers and safeties and corners have been enjoying, we knew that we had the run sport. So we actually simply stayed with it, and if groups are going to play us like this, you are going to see us run the soccer, and we have now the blokes that may do it.”
The Chiefs (5-1) ran the ball greater than they threw it for under the second time in Mahomes‘ 37 begins. They have been rewarded for the technique with a victory.
Mahomes was nonetheless environment friendly as a passer, going 21-of-26 with two first-half landing passes to Travis Kelce. However Mahomes threw for under 225 yards towards the Payments (4-2) on a wet night time in Buffalo.
Rookie operating again Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the operating sport have been as an alternative the offensive stars. The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards, their most since 2012, with Edwards-Helaire getting 161. Kansas Metropolis‘s 46 rushes have been tied for essentially the most makes an attempt by any Andy Reid-coached crew, common season or postseason, in line with ESPN Stats & Data analysis. (Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons earlier than turning into the Chiefs’ coach in 2013.)
It was a dramatic turnaround from even final week, when Mahomes dropped again 46 instances in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, whereas Edwards-Helaire and different Chiefs backs mixed for 11 carries.
“I did not assume I gave the blokes sufficient of an opportunity final week with it, particularly the second half,” Reid stated. “We’re finest when we have now some form of a stability going, when you may form of shuttle. It places an incredible quantity of stress on the protection. And so we have been in a position to do each, and we felt like we wanted each on this sport.”
The Chiefs blocked so nicely that 197 of their dashing yards got here earlier than the ball provider was touched by a defender.
“When you’ve got days like this, issues simply appear to half just like the Purple Sea,” Edwards-Helaire stated.
The Chiefs performed a lot of the sport with out two beginning offensive linemen. Guard Kelechi Osemele tore a tendon in every of his knees in final week’s sport, and deal with Mitchell Schwartz left Monday’s sport for good in the first half because of a back injury.
The Chiefs dominated anyway — to the purpose that Patrick Mahomes stated he needed to battle the urge to throw extra passes.
“It was positively totally different,” he stated. “[The Chiefs had] a couple of of these [run-pass options] referred to as, and I needed to inform myself to not throw it, simply maintain handing that factor off.”