Following his inaugural season as the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs — in which he threw for 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards and won the league M.V.P. award -— Patrick Mahomes continued to impress in his only series in Saturday’s first home preseason game of 2019.
Mahomes went a perfect 4-4 for 66 yards in leading the Chiefs offense on a touchdown drive on their first possession of the contest. Kansas City would go on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 38-17 in an impressive all-around performance.
The Bengals scored on their opening drive to begin the game to take an early 7-0 lead, but Mahomes picked up right where he left off last year on his first snap, threading a perfect pass to All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce down the sideline for a 36-yard gain.
Mahomes then connected with Sammy Watkins on a 7-yard hitch before finding first-year Chiefs tight end Blake Bell, who could prove to be another weapon in the stacked K.C. attack, on a short gain which Bell turned into a 23-yard first down.
Next, the 2018 MVP gave the home crowd a slight scare as he scrambled towards the endzone before wisely sliding down at the one to avoid a big hit at the goal line. New Kansas City running back Carlos Hyde then punched it in from one yard out for the score and the 7-7 tie.
The much improved Chiefs defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, then Kansas City backup quarterback Chad Henne drove them down for another touchdown and the home team never looked back on its way to victory.
Granted, it is the preseason and Cincinnati was likely not showing a lot on offense, but the Chiefs recovered two fumbles on special teams while grabbing two interceptions and three sacks.
A couple of offensive rookies flashed in their first game scenarios, as speedy wide receiver Mecole Hardman caught two balls for 31 yards and a touchdown, while running back Darwin Thompson had five carries for 22 yards in addition to a 29-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the second quarter.
Kansas City will head to Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers this Saturday, August 17.