Mahomes Throws 3 TDs, Chiefs Beat Browns, 37-21
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Mahomes Throws 3 TDs, Chiefs Beat Browns, 37-21

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns on November 4, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

With almost every flick of his right wrist, the legend of Patrick Mahomes grows.

And he’s just beginning.

Only 10 games into his NFL career, Kansas City’s young quarterback is doing things that have never been done before.

Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three touchdown passes – two to Cleveland native Travis Kelce – and continued the best start by a QB in 68 years as Kansas City’s impossible-to-handle offense kept rolling with a 37-21 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who played their first game since coach Hue Jackson’s firing.

Kareem Hunt, who also has Cleveland connections, had two scoring runs and one receiving for the Chiefs (8-1), who came in averaging 36.3 points with an offense overloaded with weapons for Mahomes.

The 23-year-old used all of them in winning his first pro matchup against Baker Mayfield and the Browns (2-6-1).

”It’s a lot of fun,” said Mahomes, who was hurt by a couple drops. ”It makes my job a lot easier knowing that I can trust these guys are going to be in the right spot. They’re taking care of their business. They’re running the routes and making route adjustments on the fly just because they’ve looked at the film and know how to do those things.”

Mahomes and Mayfield didn’t match their epic college meeting in 2016, when they combined for more than 1,700 yards in offense. But the Chiefs put on another impressive offensive show with 499 total yards, averaging 8.6 per snap.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said preparing for Mahomes and Kansas City’s air-and-ground show is nothing like playing against it.

”Their offense has a nice tempo and he gets the ball out of his hand pretty quick, so it’s hard to stop,” he said. ”He spreads the ball around really well and everybody is getting touches. You don’t know who it’s going to go to next.”

In his second season, Mahomes, who made just one start as a rookie, already has 29 TD passes and 3,185 yards, the most by any QB through 10 games since 1950. He has passed for at least 300 yards in eight straight games.

”It’s a weird deal – he just goes out there and plays,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ”He works hard. He loves doing it. He just goes about his business the way that you’re supposed to do it.”

Cleveland lost its fourth straight, but it looked better under interim coach Gregg Williams than it did with Jackson, fired on Monday after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons.

Mayfield threw two TD passes to Duke Johnson and finished 29 of 42 for 297 yards with one interception.
November 5, 2018

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