(Orchard Park) Patrick Mahomes had no problem playing in the shadow of rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the attack on the ground.
As the Buffalo Bills tried to limit Mahomes' long passes, he proudly returned the ball to the backfield and the Kansas City Chiefs triumphed 26-17 on Monday night in a duel that was in the originally scheduled for Thursday.
“You know my nature, I want to throw the ball every time. We want to move forward and throw those long touchdown passes, said Mahomes, the NFL's 2018 MVP. If any teams are ready to play us this way, we have to show them we're capable of running with it. the ball. "
The mission has been accomplished.
Edwards-Helaire amassed 161 rushing yards and the Chiefs topped possession time by over 15 minutes, carrying the ball 46 times, the highest total in eight seasons under Andy Reid, and for gains of 245 yards. It was the first time since Mahomes became the starting quarterback that the Kansas City Troop had reached the 200-yard rushing plateau.
Last week, the Chiefs added another weapon to their arsenal by signing running back Le'Veon Bell to a contract just days after he was released by the New York Jets. Bell is set to make his debut this weekend, against the Denver Broncos.
"I can't wait any longer," Bell said in a tweet on Twitter.
Edwards-Helaire has spoken to Bell before and is excited to team up with him.
“Another player is added and that's another piece of the puzzle. For my part, we can only go forward, said Edwards-Helaire. I am here to do my best to gain knowledge and question him. "
Mahomes completed 21 of his 26 passes for overhead gains of 225 yards. He threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce. His first proved his 90 th touchdown career, his 37 th game, which broke the NFL record for the lowest total of the parties before reaching that mark. Dan Marino had achieved the feat in 40 games.
The Chiefs started the season 5-1 for the third time in four years and recovered after suffering a 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 11.
The Bills (4-2) suffered a second straight loss. They had lost 42-16 to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday in a clash that was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Titans. This is what also delayed the game between the Chiefs and the Bills.
Josh Allen saw 14 of his 27 aerial attempts be caught for gains of 122 yards. He threw a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley.
The Bills defense wanted to make sure Mahomes wasn't going to beat it with the pass, but it was vulnerable against the running game.
"We feel like we were able to limit the Chiefs from the air, but their attack on the ground is another dimension to their game. They performed well on the ground," observed Bills safety back Micah. Hyde.
The Bills' defense hadn't had such a bad outing on the ground attack since giving the New England Patriots 273 on Dec. 23, 2018.
Darrel Williams scored a 13-yard touchdown to cap an offensive streak of almost eight minutes that gave the Chiefs a 20-10 lead, with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter.