Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs shone offensively Sunday in a 41-31 win over Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mahomes finished the night with three touchdown passes, but more importantly a magnificent play for Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the second quarter after dodging the pressure, performing a spin on himself and throwing a pass like a basketball player!
The Chiefs (3-1) also worked a little magic with a rigged game where Mahomes pretended to make changes and communicate with his players before tight end Noah Gray snapped into the position of quarterback to accept the throw-in and sneak on a yard for the touchdown.
Tom Brady was up to the challenge on the other side of the ball with 385 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was, however, the victim of a fumble when the pressure came on him.
Trailing all night, the Bucs (2-2) made just six rushes, ending the night with three yards. Rachaad White and Leonard Fournette both carried the ball three times. It is the rookie who registers the only major on the ground for the locals.
On the other side, the Chiefs ran the ball 37 times, including 30 chances between the duo of Edward-Helaire and rookie Isiah Pacheco. Both running backs were excellent with 92 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the veteran versus 63 yards on 11 attempts for the rookie.
The Bucs welcomed the return of receivers Julio Jones and Chris Godwin in addition to Mike Evans who had missed the last game due to a suspension. The Brady-Evans pair was once again monstrous with 103 yards and two touchdowns. Godwin had seven receptions for 59 yards. The talented receiver, however, gave his team a scare by remaining on the ground on a play at the goal gate. He returned to the game afterwards. For his part, Jones was quiet with a pass caught for seven yards.
The Chiefs are now alone at the top of the American West Division by virtue of the Denver Broncos’ defeat (2-2) against the Las Vegas Raiders (1-3).
Mahomes and Brady have now split the honors of their duels with three wins for each side.
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