To get the Kansas City Chiefs again within the win column after their first defeat in 11 months, coach Andy Reid turned his playbook the wrong way up in Monday night time’s recreation towards the Buffalo Bills.
For less than the second time in Patrick Mahomes’ 37 profession begins, the Chiefs ran the ball greater than they handed it. They had been rewarded for the change with a 26-17 victory.
The Chiefs rushed for 245 yards on Monday, their most since 2012. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the best way with 161 yards.
Kansas Metropolis additionally had 46 rushes, essentially the most makes an attempt by any Reid-coached crew, in line with ESPN Stats and Info analysis. (Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons earlier than turning into the Chiefs’ coach in 2013.)
Mahomes was nonetheless environment friendly, going 21-of-26 with two first-half landing passes to Travis Kelce. However Mahomes threw for under 225 yards on a wet night time in Buffalo.
However days after signing veteran again Le’Veon Bell to offer an offensive spark, the operating recreation was the star even with out Bell. He cannot be part of the Chiefs till later this week due to COVID-19 testing protocols.
The Chiefs performed a lot of the recreation with out two beginning offensive linemen. Guard Kelechi Osemele tore tendon in every of his knees in final week’s recreation whereas deal with Mitchell Schwartz left the sport for good within the first half with a again harm.
The Chiefs led for a good portion of final week’s recreation towards the Raiders however Mahomes nonetheless dropped again 46 occasions with 43 passes and three sacks. Chiefs operating backs had simply 11 carries with 10 going to Edwards-Helaire.
The loss to the Raiders broke the Chiefs’ 13-game profitable streak, together with the playoffs and Tremendous Bowl LIV final season.