The Kansas City Chiefs, led by reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes, are coming into the season as one of the Super Bowl favorites. In Week 1 they showed that they are the same powerhouse team as they were last season and deserve to be considered Super Bowl contenders.
They put up 40 points against the stout Jacksonville Jaguars defense in a game where they lost their top wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, in the first quarter. Sammy Watkins had an unprecedented 198 yards and 3 touchdowns on 9 catches.
The Chiefs surged ahead early with a 68-yard touchdown within the first 2 minutes and never relinquished the lead as they put on a truly great offensive performance on Sunday.
The combination of Mahomes and Head Coach Andy Reid is putting defenses on notice across the league. Now in the second year of their partnership, Reid and Mahomes orchestrate one of the most dynamic offenses that the league has ever seen. The rest of Mahomes’ arsenal includes running back Damien Williams and Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.
Mahomes completed at least one pass to nine different receivers at a clip of just over 75% which led to 378 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. New addition LeSean McCoy contributed with 10 carries for 81 yards in his debut. On the other side, Jacksonville failed to muster up a single sack or turnover. The heavily hyped up Jaguars defense put together a lackluster attempt to slow down the elite offense that the Chiefs put forward. Jacksonville only hit Mahomes four times putting very little pressure on the Chiefs.
Next week the Chiefs head to Oakland to play the Raiders at 4:05 PM EST. The Chiefs are favored in the match-up with a 72% chance of victory. With star wide receiver Tyreek Hill most likely sitting out with a collarbone injury, the Chiefs will look to build on their Week 1 dominance with Mahomes, Watkins and McCoy in Oakland for Week 2.