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formance of Patrick Mahomes.Well Len Dawson Jersey , this is weird.It’s been a while since the Kansas City Chiefs lost a game, and it’s the first time in Patrick Mahomes’ career. Just as having a young, home-grown quarterback is unfamiliar territory for a generation of Chiefs fans, so is this feeling with the kid under center. The responses have been appropriate to the moment. This wasn’t a shellacking. This wasn’t remotely embarrassing.Mahomes went to toe to toe with the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and brought his team roaring back to take a lead in the fourth quarter. Bill Belichick had three extra days to prepare to stop an offense that has been the talk of the league. He got the 23-year-old early in the game with a few plays we’ll talk about in the next few days that led to mistakes and turnovers. The Chiefs trailed 24-9 at the half, and things look bleak.Lesser 23-year-old quarterbacks have been chewed up and spit out in Foxborough, and for a half, it looked like that might be the case. Not your guy, Kansas City. The Chiefs lost, but your young quarterback hung 31 in the second half. He earned the respect of yet another locker room. He’s learning every opportunity he gets and he’s not duplicating many mistakes. There were rough moments on Sunday, but you still got the spectacular you’ve come to expect. He makes you forget that he’s not a veteran every week.The Patriots threw a lot at Mahomes this week, and it worked enough early to force the Chiefs to play from behind. No moment has looked too big for him for an entire game, though. He’s still having to manage the juice early, but he continues to figure it out as the game goes on and with enough time to give his team a chance to win. Every week, he’s inching closer and closer to it not mattering what the defense tries to do, and you can count on one hand the guys that are like that.Something goodThey scored too quick!This is, of course, the last time the offense would touch the ball. The Patriots are playing Cover 3 and the Chiefs dial play-action with Tyreek Hill working into the boundary on a deep crosser. The Chiefs ask Hill to eat up a ton of ground in order to get over. He threatens the safety vertically as he works across the field, and safety Duron Harmon opens his hips to Hill as he gets depth. As Hill crosses the safety’s face, it forces him to flip his hips, giving Mahomes additional space to throw. With the boundary corner occupied by Kelce, there’s no one in the way of this throw.The ball was a little behind Hill, but it didn’t matter. The velocity let Hill make up for a little lost time to accelerate away from Harmon. The route by Hill gave the duo some margin for error, but the 40-plus-air yard throw with rare velocity helped maintain enough of it for Hill to score.The Chiefs have run similar looks to this with Alex Smith in the past, just with shorter routes. They’re stretching the limits with Mahomes and Hill further now. Even though everything wasn’t perfect, the Chiefs are still keeping defensive coordinators up at night with plays like these. We’re spoiled getting to watch this perfect pairing.Something badHow about we add some positives to this week’s something bad before delving into a big mistake?There’s 51 seconds remaining in the half and the Chiefs trail by 15. At their own 30, the Chiefs face a third-and-15, needing to extend the drive to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands and give themselves a chance to shrink the lead.Things that are becoming norms should not be becoming norms. Quarterbacks aren’t supposed to make third-and-long plays look this easy, but every week, it feels like Mahomes pulls one of these off. The Chiefs are lined up in a Y-Iso look with Travis Kelce lined up to the left in the boundary. The Patriots are showing a two-high shell but roll into a Cover 3. They’re running a flood concept into the boundary with Kelce clearing space underneath on a vertical. With a late blitzing Kyle Van Noy coming to Mahomes’ front side, he rolls to his left with the direction of the pass concept.With space between the underneath defender Mitch Morse Jersey , the cornerback on the vertical with Kelce and the middle field safety, Mahomes finds Hill with a throw of 38 air yards rolling to his non-dominant side, on a rope to convert for a gain of 27 yards. His ability to rotate his body to be able to deliver the velocity he did is absurd.You can hear a quiet but audible “Wow,” from Chris Collinsworth on the game broadcast. Unfortunately, that amazing play was wasted.With 17 seconds remaining and one timeout left at the New England 15-yard line, Mahomes makes a critical mistake.Mahomes does a nice job stepping up against front-side pressure and then exiting to his right. With a chasing Donta’ Hightower hanging onto him, he elects to take a chance and throws the ball into congested space to Kelce on the scramble working laterally with him after running a middle curl. The ball is undercut by Harmon, then bounces off of Devin McCourty and back into the hands of Harmon for a drive-ending interception.This play was a first-and-10. Had he thrown the ball away, Mahomes could’ve had a few more chances to get into the end zone before having to kick a field goal. The Chiefs still had a timeout remaining, so the playbook was still pretty open. This is the kind of mistake Mahomes has mostly avoided in the last few games. I don’t expect it to happen too often, but in this situation, the young quarterback tried to do too much. Quarterback anecdoteEvery week, I add a quick note about something I’ve picked up about the quarterback position through my time learning and playing the game.“Kill, Kill!” If you’ve ever heard that picked up a quarterback saying that on a broadcast microphone, you might have wondered what that meant. The quarterback gives two plays in the huddle and based on what the defense is doing. The play call might sound something like:“Wide Right Jet Right 544 F-Whip...Kill...3 Zone”The pass play is called in the huddle, but if they like the look to run they can kill into a zone-run play. If the quarterback elects to run the original call, he goes through his normal cadence. If he likes his numbers in the box, he would yell “Kill, Kill” into the run play.The Re-Up: Tyreek Hill was excellent Sunday, and we still don’t know his ceiling Welcome to our new Monday morning column, called The Re-Up. I’ll write about some deeper thought I had about the game and finish with some fun stuff to ponder at the article’s end.Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsBack in late June, Josh Webb — one of our Arrowhead Pride readers — sent in a question that I thought was rather thought-provoking. “If the New York Giants called and offered Odell Beckham Jr. for Tyreek Hill, straight up, would you take it?”We talked about it on our Arrowhead Pride summer radio program, and we posted the poll on our site. With nearly 4,000 total votes, 90 percent of you said you would pass on the trade*. On Sunday after the Chiefs’ 38-28 Week 1 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, you looked awfully right. Hill had three total touchdowns to go along with 169 receiving yards on, all the while Beckham finished with 111 and none.Now let me be clear.I am not saying that after one regular-season game, the debate is final. But after what Hill showcased Chris Jones Jersey , I believe it is now safe to say with 100 percent certainty you just couldn’t take that chance.We all know what Beckham is: one of the best receivers in the National Football League. But Hill — who remains the best punt returner in the NFL, who is definitely faster than anyone else, who is paired with one of the greatest coaching minds in the history of the game — has a ceiling that is still unknown. “I mean that guy, Tyreek Hill, is unbelievable to watch,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said Sunday. “What a dynamic player. I don’t want to make any too crazy of statements, but he is one of the most dynamic guys. I don’t know if I’ve seen anybody better, the things he can do speed-wise, in all my time playing.”Over the years, it has become a coaching trend to remove players from special teams as they grow and develop, and become a more important part of the offense.But the Chiefs value Hill too much in special teams to make such a move. And it paid off on Sunday in the form of points.“I was getting ready to go out there, got my helmet,” Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt said. “Next thing I know, I see Tyreek catch it and do what he does. Once he hit the outside, I knew it was a touchdown. I was just like, ‘Let me sit back down. Good for him.’”Good for him — and really, good for the Chiefs. That punt return was worth six on Sunday, but in the grand scheme of things, it could be worth field position for the rest of the year. What special teams coordinator in his right mind will punt directly to Hill after that?And that will translate to better field position for the offense and Patrick Mahomes, who will use Hill there, too.“I think everyone on our team is trying to advance their game and trying to get better,” Mahomes said after the game. “Tyreek’s really worked on his route running and everything in order to make himself the best wide receiver in the league. I think today has showed that he has improved in his part and has the speed to bring it any time.”In January, I posed this question: “Is Tyreek Hill one part of his game away from being the best WR in the NFL?”Hill had finished seventh in the league in receiving yards in 2017 with what he said was still a major part of his game missing: his route running. So he worked on it.He worked on it all offseason long. Hill understood that if he could improve his route running, it might give him an extra step or two on defensive players, and if he could get an extra step or two on defensive players, well then...Poof.That work showed in the form of a slant route Hill took 58 yards to the house Sunday.“It’s a [run-pass option] play and I had a slant so he [Mahomes] was reading the linebackers,” Hill explained. “I just have to run my route and be there. There’s a certain spot on the field that I have to be and he’s going to throw it there every time. Then after that, it’s history.” Maybe that touchdown doesn’t happen in 2017. And maybe that’s why — back then — a trade for OBJ might be a no-brainer.But it’s not that simple anymore, is it?—* (Big Blue View posted the same poll and 81 percent of Giants fans said they wouldn’t make the deal either, for what it’s worth)STAT OF THE GAMEAs first tweeted by Matt McMullen of Chiefs dot com Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey , with Sunday’s win, the Chiefs are now 17-2 over AFC West opponents since 2015.GIF OF THE GAMEAlmost immediately after Hill’s initial punt return, I asked fans if they would send me the GIF of the play so I could post it to the website. I got this:TWEET OF THE GAMEFIVE QUOTES1. Andy Reid on Anthony Sherman and his touchdown: “I was telling [Chiefs Radio Network executive producer] Dan [Israel], he’s got crazy hands, man. You think of him as a sausage, so he goes out and he’s a sausage with hands. It’s a good thing.”2. Hill on his backflip touchdown celebration: “At the beginning of the game, I was watching the screen and one of their players did a backflip so I was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to do a backflip.’ I had to show my athletic ability. I shouldn’t have done it though because I started cramping right after. It was a bad idea.”3. Chargers QB Philip Rivers on Patrick Mahomes: On Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: “I think he has a chance to be a really, really, really awesome player. He has some arm power. I’d like to borrow his arm every now and then for some of those throws. He can really throw, and he’s really accurate. I hadn’t seen a ton of him, but he was really accurate today on some of those balls that just came out. He seems to have that he can throw it from any arm angle and he was poised. He was poised. He’s got a chance, and I just wanted to tell him after the game, whether he wanted to hear it from me or not, that he’s got a chance to be really awesome. Just be steady and keep going. He’s still a young player. He was solid today.”4. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn on the Tyreek Hill punt-return touchdown: “We’re going to watch the tape to find out exactly what happened, but we lost containment. We know he’s [Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill] one of the fastest guys in the country and we lost containment. He made us pay. That’s something we’ve emphasized — we’ve worked. We knew Tyreek was going to be back there. He was back there last year. I don’t think he got 10-yards last year back there. We just didn’t execute today.”5. Lynn on trying to find a way to rattle Mahomes: “There were times we put some pressure on him, but it wasn’t enough. When we did, he moved around and made a play. Anytime we gave him a chance to extend plays, he’s at home. He did that all through his college days. We just didn’t get enough pressure on him.”THE BIG THOUGHTThough Sunday’s game was fun, it was by no means a perfectly played game, and I think Chiefs head coach Andy Reid alluded to that in his press conference. The offense seemed more ready than I thought, but as Hill shined, three of the Chiefs other weapons—Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins—probably didn’t have the first games they would have liked. In addition, the Chargers had three wide open drops—two that could have went for touchdowns—in the first half of the game. If the Chargers make those plays that they should have, perhaps Monday isn’t as happy a day as it is for Chiefs fans. There is still much work to be done.POLL OF THE WEEK

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