Chiefs Patrick Mahomes is seen as an adult in whipping up the Raiders


LAS VEGAS – When Patrick Mahomes ran toward the scrimmage line, he threw himself out of pressure and launched a deep ball that turned a seemingly broken play into a touchdown.

The old Mahomes returned Sunday night and the Kansas City Chiefs are back to their usual spot at the top of the division.

Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and returned to his normal form after a surprisingly shaky stretch this season, and the Chiefs rallied behind the Las Vegas Raiders 41-14 on Sunday night.

“We’ve done it before,” Mahomes said. “We’ve done that for the last few seasons, and we’ve been doing it early this season. We were moving the ball and making a lot of things happen. We were spinning the ball. Then we went through a short spell of not doing these drives and we’re still looking for ways to win. I knew we were going to click it again.

The Mahomes and Chiefs (6-4) showed little resemblance to the team that beat the AFC in the first three weeks of the last nine seasons, raising questions as to whether they could return to the Super Bowl for the third straight season.

Patrick Mahomes responds after beating the Raiders on Sunday.
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But they used a strong performance over the Raiders (5-4), and one day everyone else in the division topped the standings.

Mahomes completed three short TD passes early in the fourth quarter after converting a Kansas City fake punt on a 16-yard pass from Tommy Townsend to Marcus Kemp.

Two plays later, Mahomes scrambled and Darrell Williams made a 34-14 yard TD catch for a deep pass that made it 34-14. He decided to run or throw a low pass before he saw a big play opportunity.

“I saw Darrell from the exterior,” Mahomes said. “I threw it a little bit. He says he’ll catch, Darrell does. I think he’ll see if he can. So he made a lot of big-time play.

Mahomes added 22-yards to Byron Pringle and completed 35 of 50 for 406 yards. He connected with Tyrek Hill in the first quarter at 8-yards and then to 1-yard Hill and rookie tackle And Noah Gray.

Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes against the Raiders.
Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes against the Raiders.
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“He’s a guy who’s never been comfortable,” Hill said of Mahomes. “He’s always trying to get better. He’s always trying to find ways to improve himself and his team.

The Raiders have dropped back-to-back games after a promising start to the season due to poor execution and off-field issues.

He has won two straight matches since coach John Gruden resigned after publishing his old offensive emails but has not looked the same in the past two weeks. Both losses followed the release of Henry Ruggs III, who was charged with crimes in a DUI accident that killed a 23-year-old woman.

Las Vegas has turned the ball over five times in the past two weeks, matching the first seven games total and the improved defense has been unable to slow down the Mahomes.

Derek Carr threw two TD passes but had his third interception in the last two weeks because the offense struggled to get going.

The Raiders were held to 82 yards in the first half, their lowest game in eight years at home, and went 1 for 9 in the third down to fall to second in the first half for the fifth time this season.

“We got in the hole and it was tough against this team,” Carr said. “They just play soft coverage.

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