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The Kansas City Chiefs picked up right where they left off to kick off the 2020 season on Thursday night with a dominant victory over the Houston Texans.

Here are 10 interesting notes from the game.

1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an NFL debut to remember.

Expectations were high coming in for Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs' first-round pick out of LSU, but it's safe to assume he defied even the loftiest of outlooks.

Edwards-Helaire tallied 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, breaking free for a 27-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. According to CBS Sports, the elusive rookie tailback is the youngest player in NFL history to rack up 130+ rushing yards and a score on the ground in his NFL debut.

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They weren't easy yards, either. Edwards-Helaire was shedding tackles all night, and according to Pro Football Focus, his seven broken tackles on runs were tied for the most ever by a rookie in their NFL debut.

And as he broke those tackles, the yards just kept piling up.

It was just a special night for Edwards-Helaire, as quarterback Patrick Mahomes unleashed another weapon on Kansas City's high-octane offense.

2. Mahomes was brilliant, as usual.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP fired three touchdown passes on Thursday night to kick off his third season as a starting quarterback with some fireworks. It marked Mahomes' 19th career performance with at least three scoring strikes in just 37 career games (including the playoffs).

Mahomes also continued to re-write the record books.

His impressive start shouldn't come as a surprise, either, as nobody is better in September than Mahomes. In fact, the 24-year-old Mahomes is 8-0 with 26 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions in September during his career.

3. The Chiefs hit their stride in the second quarter yet again.

After falling behind early and not scoring through the first 15 minutes of play, Kansas City kicked into high gear and erupted for 17 points in the second quarter. It was reminiscent of the Chiefs' victory over Houston in the Divisional Round of the postseason last year, when they exploded for 28 second-quarter points following an early 24-point deficit.

Over those last two meetings combined, Kansas City fell behind by a score of 28-0 in the first quarter only to outscore Houston, 85-23, the rest of the way.

4. That second-quarter scoring included a 16-play touchdown drive.

The Chiefs put together a 16-play, 91-yard drive that chewed up nine minutes and four seconds late in the second quarter to take the lead. Simply put, long touchdown drives like that just don't happen very often.

5. In total, four different players found the end zone for Kansas City.

In addition to Edwards-Helaire, three other players scored touchdowns on Thursday night for Kansas City.

Tight end Travis Kelce found the end zone on the Chiefs' first scoring drive with a 6-yard grab, marking his fourth touchdown against Houston in his last two games. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins then finished off Kansas City's 16-play drive with a 2-yard score as part of a strong outing that included a team-leading seven catches for 82 yards.

Lastly, wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught a 3-yard touchdown strike late in the game for his first touchdown of the campaign.

6. L'Jarius Sneed hauled in the first interception of his career.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu brought some serious pressure on Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson and hit him as he threw early in the fourth quarter, forcing a bad pass that landed right in the arms of Sneed, the Chiefs' fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech.

Sneed then turned on the jets once he had the ball in his hands, racing down the field for a 39-yard return that showed off the blazing speed that ranked fourth among all players at the NFL Scouting Combine.

7. Chris Jones kicked off his season with a strong outing.

Jones was living in the backfield early and often on Thursday with six total pressures, four quarterback hurries and two sacks, according to PFF. Fellow pass-rushers Tanoh Kpassagnon and Frank Clark also had solid outings with five pressures each.

As a whole, Kansas City tallied seven quarterback hits and four sacks on Watson.

8. The Chiefs have now won 10 straight games.

Kansas City's victory marked its 10th in a row dating back to Week 11 of last season. In that time, the Chiefs have averaged 31.8 points-per-game while allowing just 16.4.

They've won their last seven games (and eight of their last 10) by double-digits.

9. Kansas City has also won six consecutive season-openers.

The Chiefs have made getting off to a good start a habit. They've won six straight games in Week 1, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the second-longest stretch in franchise history, trailing only a streak of seven-straight wins from 1990-96.

10. Andy Reid continued to etch his place in the history books.

Head Coach Andy Reid notched his 223rd career victory (including the postseason) on Thursday night, which ranks sixth all-time in NFL history.

Reid is now just six wins away from matching Curly Lambeau for the fifth spot on the list.

Kansas City will return to action next week to take on the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium as they look to continue the "Run It Back" tour with another victory.

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