Clyde Edwards-Helaire has shown new teammate Le’Veon Bell and the rest of the NFL just how dominant the Kansas City Chiefs’ ongoing offense is already.
The rookie had 161 rushing yards and Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, leading the Chiefs to a 26-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night in a game originally scheduled for last Thursday.
Mahomes finished 21 of 26 for 225 yards. His first draw at Kelce was the 90th of his career in his 37th game, breaking the NFL record for the fewest games at 90 TD assists. Hall of Famer Dan Marino had the previous mark at 40 games.
Darrel Williams scored on a 13-yard run to cap a nearly eight-minute, 82-yard drive that gave the Chiefs a 20-10 lead with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter, effectively sealing the game. The Chiefs are in their third 5-1 start in four seasons, and they rebounded from a botched 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in their previous game.
Last week, Kansas City added another weapon to their high powered attack by signing Bell days after being cut off by the New York Jets. Bell is set to debut this weekend in Denver.
“I can’t wait,” Bell tweeted during the game.
Buffalo (4-2) lost its second in a row. The Bills fell 42-16 in Tennessee last Tuesday, a game that was moved due to a Covid-19 outbreak on the Titans. It also led to the Kansas City-Buffalo game being pushed back.
The Chiefs, who were originally scheduled to play three games in 11 days, ended up getting two more days off in Buffalo.
Josh Allen finished 14 of 27 for 122 yards with touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. In what was supposed to be a showdown between the NFL’s top passer, the Chiefs relied on their running game to help keep the Allen-led Bills cool their heels on the sideline.
The Chiefs dominated possession time by more than 15 minutes, totaling 46 times the most in eight seasons under coach Andy Reid for 245 yards. It was the first time Kansas City has exceeded 200 rushing yards since Mahmoes took over the starting position.
The Buffalo run defense had its worst outing since surrendering 273 yards in a loss to New England in December 2018.
The Chiefs, up 23-17, avoided a big scare when Justin Zimmer of Buffalo stole the ball from Edwards-Helaire at Kansas City 30. The game was ruled a fumble on the field, but that call was canceled after reruns showed Edwards-Helaire. the knee was down. Two plays later, in the third and 11th, Mahomes managed to get out of trouble and hit Byron Pringle for 37 yards. Practice ended with Harrison Butker hitting a 30-yard field goal with 1:56 left.
On Monday night, Kyler Murray represented three touchdowns in his first home game as a pro, Ezekiel Elliott set up his team’s first two touchdowns with fumbles and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-10.
The quick quarterback who won three high school championships and a Big 12 title at home for the Cowboys improved to 7-0 as a starter at AT&T Stadium, scoring two points despite a rocky start in the air and rushing forward for 74 yards and a TD.
It was the debut of Monday Night Football for Murray, a Texas star obsessed with high school football while playing in suburban Dallas, and Kliff Kingsbury, who also had a happy first trip to his native Texas in as an NFL coach.
Laid off after six seasons at Texas Tech in 2018 with no record for winning Big 12 games, Kingsbury was hired by Arizona soon after and has the Cardinals (4-2) tied for second place in the difficult NFC West. Arizona is above .500 at the end of the season for the first time since 2015, its last year in the playoffs.
Murray was playing in the $ 1.2 billion stadium with the retractable roof and giant video card for the first time since leading Oklahoma over rival Texas in the Big 12 Championship game.
As the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner missed eight of his first 11 assists and finished nine of 24 for 188 yards, Murray hit Christian Kirk in stride on an 80-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. .
Kirk opened the scoring on a six-yard throw sweep that counted as a pass after Elliott’s first fumble. Kenyan Drake scored a 1 after Elliott’s second error, while Murray added a 1-yard TD run.
With the game spiraling out of control in the final two minutes, Drake broke free for a 69-yard touchdown, giving him 164 yards.