Tyreek Hill's three scores lead Chiefs to 38-28 week one win
CARSON, Calif - After an offseason of wondering if new quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the real deal, Mahomes proved to be that and more in his first outing. He tossed four touchdown passes to power the Chiefs to a 38-28 week one win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
When Tyreek Hill is on your football team, it makes playing quarterback a lot easier. With Mahomes all lined up for his first offensive possession after the defense forced a three and out, one of the fastest men in football, Hill, displayed his speed with a 91 yard punt return touchdown that put the Chiefs up 7-0 just two minutes into the game. It was Hill’s fourth punt return touchdown in 32 games. Hill was far from finished though, as he took a slant pattern from Mahomes 58 yards for a touchdown on the Chiefs first real drive. Hill caught a one yard shovel pass touchdown for his third touchdown of the game in the fourth and finished the contest with seven grabs and 169 yards receiving, along with 268 all-purpose yards.
While it was the Tyreek Hill show in the first half, it was Mahomes and the defense who salted the game away in the second half. Mahomes led two long touchdown drives to put the Chiefs up 38-20. Mahomes finished the day 15/27 with 256 yards passing and no turnovers in an ideal season opener. It wasn’t pretty in the box score for the Kansas City defense, as they allowed Phillip Rivers to pass for 424 yards and three touchdowns. What they did do right though was stand strong in the red zone, as the Chargers were forced into three field goal attempts. The Chiefs will expect the offense to remain high flying, but the key to the season could be how well the defense can keep opponents off the board.
Sunday’s victory was Kansas City’s ninth straight against the division rival Chargers. The Chiefs will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers next Sunday. The Steelers have won three of the last four against the Chiefs, but Pittsburgh potentially will be without star running back Le’Veon Bell, who remains in a contract dispute.