The Kansas City Chiefs moved to 2-0 on the season with a victory over the rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.
Here are 10 interesting notes about the win.
1. Demarcus Robinson had the game of his career so far
The fourth-year wide receiver hauled in six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, all of which were career highs. Robinson’s two scores – which came from 44 and 39 yards out – bookended a huge second quarter for Kansas City that turned an early deficit into a commanding lead in the blink of an eye.
And after wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ monster 198-yard performance last week, this now marks the first time in Chiefs’ history that a pass-catcher has amassed 150+ receiving yards in each of Kansas City’s first two games to begin a season.
2. Patrick Mahomes never ceases to amaze
Despite playing without star wide receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Eric Fisher for much of the game, Mahomes put together yet another unforgettable outing on Sunday.
The 23-year-old signal caller finished the contest with 443 passing yards and four touchdowns, posting a 131.2 passer rating – the third-best mark of his young career - on the afternoon. In fact, Mahomes has now amassed the second and third-best passer ratings of his career in the first two weeks of the 2019 campaign.
Mahomes’ 443 passing yards were the second-most of his career - trailing only his 478-yard performance against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11 of last season – and now with multiple 400-yard games in the books, Mahomes once again made some history.
It also marked the 12th 300-yard game of Mahomes’ career, tying Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner for the most such performances through a player’s first 20 regular-season games. Mahomes has only played in 19, meaning he’ll have a shot at breaking the record next week against Baltimore.
All those yards have added up, too, as Mahomes’ 821 passing yards this season are the fifth-most in NFL history through Week 2.
And speaking of smashing records, check out this nugget from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Finally, Mahomes also became the first quarterback in NFL history to toss three or more touchdowns in seven-straight road games with his performance on Sunday in Oakland.
The guy is simply unbelievable.
3. Travis Kelce had another strong day
Kelce caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown on Sunday for yet another big game in Oakland. Here’s a look at Kelce’s numbers in his last two visits to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Kelce and Robinson are the first pair of Chiefs’ receivers to each tally triple-digit receiving yards in the same game since Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill accomplished the feat last season against the Rams.
4. Rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman found the end zone for the first time in his career
The Chiefs selected Hardman in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft due in part to his blazing speed and big-play ability, both of which were on full display in Sunday’s game when the University of Georgia product hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes.
It capped a 14-play, 95-yard drive for Kansas City and preceded a 94-yard drive on the Chiefs’ ensuing possession that ended in Kelce’s touchdown. The back-to-back long drives marked the first time since 1999 (which is the extent of the data available) that Kansas City tallied multiple 90+ yard scoring drives in the same quarter.
Hardman finished the game with four catches for 61 yards.
5. Amazingly, all of that scoring took place during a monster second quarter of action
The second quarter on Sunday was one to remember.
After falling behind by 10 during the first 15 minutes of play, the Chiefs exploded for 28 points in the second quarter alone behind Mahomes’ four touchdown strikes. The offensive barrage tied a franchise record for points in a quarter, doing so for the first time since 2001.
Mahomes threw for 278 yards in the quarter, which had him once again knocking on the door of some history.
Additionally, Mahomes has 626 passing yards in the first half of the Chiefs’ two games this season, setting another NFL record.
6. It all helped the Chiefs score at least 26 points for the 20th-consecutive game
It’s now official: there has never been an offense as consistently explosive as the 2018-19 Chiefs.
Kansas City cemented that fact on Sunday with their 20th-straight game (including the postseason) of 26 or more points, setting an NFL record.
The Chiefs have also scored at least 26 points in all 21 games of Patrick Mahomes’ career (including the playoffs).
7. On the other side of the ball, cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward notched their first interceptions of the season.
Breeland nabbed a pick in the end zone while covering Raiders’ top target Tyrell Williams before Ward tallied his first interception of the year on a busted play later in the game.
It marked the Chiefs’ second-straight game against Oakland with multiple interceptions.
8. Dustin Colquitt continued his march toward some franchise history
Colquitt – who is in the midst of his 15th season with the Chiefs – played in his 224th game on Sunday, matching Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields for the most appearances in franchise history.
The veteran punter will own the record with an appearance – which includes holding for field goals and extra points – next Sunday.
9. Head Coach Andy Reid moved up on the all-time victories list
Reid now has 209 career wins to his name (including the postseason), which – as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out - matches the legendary Chuck Noll for sixth all-time in NFL history.
Once Reid passes Noll, Curly Lambeau is next on the list at 229 career victories.
10. The Chiefs now permanently own the all-time series in Oakland
Kansas City now holds a 22-20-1 record at the Oakland Coliseum, and with the Raiders set to move to Las Vegas next year, that means the Chiefs will forever own the series in Oakland.
The Chiefs return to action next week to take on the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead.