Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs’ Victory Over Cleveland on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns, 37-21, on Sunday afternoon to move to an AFC-best 8-1 on the season.

Here are 10 quick facts about the game.

1. Patrick Mahomes surpassed 300 yards passing for an eighth-straight week

Mahomes tossed for a career-high 375 yards in the game, which are the most in the regular season by a Chiefs’ quarterback since Week 4 of the 2015 campaign.

The performance marked Mahomes’ eighth-straight game with at least 300 yards passing, matching Andrew Luck (2014) for the longest streak in a single season ever and just one game shy of Drew Brees (2012-13) for the longest streak overall in NFL history.

Additionally, Mahomes matched Trent Green (2004) on Sunday for the most 300-yard passing games in a single season in franchise history, and there are still seven games to play.

2. Mahomes now has 29 passing touchdowns on the year

With three more scoring strikes on Sunday, Mahomes has now found the end zone a league-most 29 times through the air. The 23-year-old Mahomes is just one shy of Len Dawson’s franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season, which was set in 1964.

And when including Mahomes’ first-career start back in Week 17 of last season, the second-year quarterback is off to the best start in NFL history based on the numbers.

3. Mahomes’ first touchdown was a big one

On the Chiefs’ opening offensive series of the game, Mahomes found tailback Kareem Hunt on a screen and the second-year running back did the rest, breaking free for a 50-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs, of course, are no strangers to the big play.

Kansas City has scored 14 touchdowns of at least 50 yards from scrimmage since the beginning of last year, which is six more than the next closest team and just as many as the rest of the AFC West combined.

The play capped off a 95-yard drive, matching the Chiefs’ longest touchdown-scoring drive of the season (Week 7 vs. Cincinnati).

4. Hunt went on to find the end zone three times on Sunday

The Cleveland-area native purchased more than 100 tickets to the game so that the football team at his high school, Willoughby South, could watch one of their own on the big stage, and Hunt did not disappoint.

Hunt tallied 141 yards of total offense in the contest, catching one touchdown and rushing for another two. It marked the third game of Hunt’s young career with three or more touchdowns, and the third time in his last four games that he’s amassed at least 140 yards from scrimmage.

5. Tight end Travis Kelce also put on a show

Kelce, another native of Northeast Ohio, hauled in two touchdowns on Sunday in his first game as a professional back home. It marked the fourth multi-touchdown performance of Kelce’s career.

The All-Pro tight end finished the game with a team-leading seven catches for 99 yards. Kelce is one of just six players this season to have at least five catches in every game since Week 2.

6. The Chiefs scored 30 points for an eighth time in nine games

Kelce and Hunt’s contributions, along with a field goal and a bunch of extra points from Harrison Butker, added up to 37 points, which pushed Kansas City past the 30-point mark for an eighth time in nine games this season.

That already matches the franchise record for 30-point games in a single season, which was last reached in 2004, in addition to tying the team record for consecutive 30-point games.

All of those big scoring games have added up, as this edition of the Chiefs has scored the most points through nine games in franchise history (327), besting the previous mark by 18 points.

Furthermore, as Sports Radio 810’s Kurtis Seaboldt points out, this offense has been able to rack up points and yards at an unparalleled pace.

And while Kelce and Hunt were the only players to find the end zone on Sunday, the offensive production was truly a team effort. Five different players tallied at least 50 yards through the air, with Tyreek Hill (4 catches; 69 yards), Spencer Ware (4 catches; 69 yards) and Sammy Watkins (5 catches; 62 yards) all putting together strong games.

7. Defensively, Chris Jones brought down the quarterback yet again

Jones sacked Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield late in the third quarter, marking his fifth-straight game with a sack. It’s the longest active streak in the league and tied for the third-longest streak in the NFL this season.

Jones is now just two sacks shy of surpassing his career-high, which was set a year ago, with seven games left.

8. Safety Jordan Lucas notched the first sack of his career

It’s been a season of firsts for the third-year safety as he enjoys his first season in Kansas City.

Lucas recorded his first-career interception in Week 5 against Jacksonville, his first start in Week 6 against New England and, on Sunday, he brought down Mayfield for his very first sack.

Fellow defensive back Steve Nelson also made a play that stood out on the stat sheet, tallying his second interception of the season late in the game.

9. The Chiefs blocked a punt for the first time in a while

Tailback Damien Williams fought through the Browns’ protection to block punter Britton Colquitt’s kick midway through the third quarter, notching the Chiefs’ first blocked punt since Week 17 of the 2015 season.

And, for those wondering, yes, Colquitt is the younger brother of Chiefs’ punter Dustin Colquitt. It was just the second blocked punt of the younger Colquitt’s nine-year career.

10. Sunday’s victory was a significant one for Head Coach Andy Reid

Reid won the 202nd game of his career on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time wins list for head coaches. Reid is just three wins shy of matching Marty Schottenheimer for seventh on the list.

Bonus Fact!

The Chiefs have won nine-straight opening coin tosses this season and have elected to defer every time. Mathematically speaking, the odds of winning nine-consecutive coin flips is 0.20 percent.

And that doesn’t even include the preseason, during which the Chiefs won all four coin flips, as well.