Mahomes throws five touchdowns; Chiefs cruise to 44-21 victory over Cardinals

No Tyreek Hill?

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Patrick Mahomes continued to show why he’s one of the game’s best; he finished with 30 completions on 39 total attempts, racking up 360 yards and five touchdowns. He wasn’t sacked or intercepted, allowing him to earn a passer rating of 144.2.

The Chiefs’ rushing attack combined for 126 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. As far as receiving goes, future Hall of Famer Travis Kelce led the way through the air, earning 121 yards and a score on eight receptions.

But don’t sell the defense short either for the Chiefs’ efforts. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was the statistical leader on defense, totaling eight tackles, one sack, one other quarterback hit and a pass defended. In fact, it was such a dominating performance by Kansas City that CBS decided to switch to coverage of the Raiders-Chargers game instead in the fourth quarter.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was playing his first game since being rewarded with a $230.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason. He had a respectable stat line, as he finished 22-of-34 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns, though much of that production came when the Chiefs already were well in control of the game.

Pro Bowl kicker Harrison Butker left the game in the first quarter because of an ankle injury, so the Chiefs turned to safety Justin Reid to handle the job. Reid made 1 of 2 attempts on extra points and also blasted a kickoff through the back of the end zone for a touchback.

With the victory, the Chiefs start the 2022 season off 1-0 and now head to a Thursday night showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers.

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