If fans wanted to see the Kansas City Chiefs enjoy a "get right game" on Sunday, they got even more than they bargained for against the Chicago Bears. Not only did the Chiefs get things right on Sunday afternoon but they perfected their craft against a clearly inferior opponent that went home embarrassed and confused.
Let's take a look at our complete game breakdown for Week 3 between the Chiefs and Bears.
What We'll Likely Remember
We'll likely remember this game for a few reasons, beginning with the fact that Taylor Swift sat in attendance with Donna Kelce. Swift is a global superstar and there's no way to avoid having her as a major talking point within the media.
From there, however, the Chiefs took the spotlight and never let go. This is a game that will be remembered as one of the most one-sided games in the Mahomes era. The offense could not be stopped. The defense was a brick wall. Everything simply came together in a way that mirrors the exact opposite of the way their loss to the Lions was so error-filled.
What We'll Want to Forget
There was a brief moment when Patrick Mahomes had his ankle rolled by a falling Yannick Ngakoue shortly before halftime. At that point, it felt like the record needle scratched and all of Arrowhead fell silent. But Mahomes finished the last few plays of the half and came back out firing bullets in the second half, and could even be seen reassuring Andy Reid that he was okay. We're glad the ankle held up okay and that we can ultimately forget it. (Other than that, we're quite happy to remember everything from this afternoon).
Three Key Stats
- Patrick Mahomes officially crossed the 25,000 career passing yards mark early in the second half for the Chiefs—an incredible achievement considering he's only made 83 career starts.
- One week after committing 12 penalties for 94 yards, the Chiefs played a pretty clean game and only committed 3 penalties for 15 yards—a performance indicative of just how well the entire team played.
- With Mahomes in the game, the Chiefs were 5 of 5 in the red zone. Given some RZ frustrations in previous seasons, it's heartening to see the Chiefs looking so efficient so early in the season where it matters most.
Highlight of the Game
Look, we should likely go with a touchdown or turnover or some other highlight here, but we need to find some room to emphasize here in this space the fact that Patrick Mahomes plays on a level touched by no one else.
With 7:51 left to play in the second quarter, and the Chiefs with a 14-point lead, Mahomes fakes a handoff to Pacheco and takes a few steps and seconds before running forward and flicking his wrist in such an effortless way that somehow connects with Justin Watson on an over-the-shoulder catch 37 yards down the field.
What makes this so amazing is that it's a play we'll forget by next week. It would never make a list of the top 100 throws by Mahomes ever and yet the ease, the accuracy, the touch, the vision—all of it come together in such an instinctual way that makes the viewer shake their head every week. Instead of allowing it to fall into a bin of so many forgotten highlights, we thought we'd select it as a reminder of just how easily we can take Mahomes's skills for granted.
The Chiefs will be watching Mahomes' rolled ankle heading into this week. The Chiefs also watched left tackle Donovan Smith and cornerback Joshua Williams leave during the game—both under their own power. Prince Tega Wanogho is also a player to watch who was being attended to by the team's training staff in the second half.
When Jerick McKinnon caught his second touchdown in the first half to put the Chiefs up 21, it was the second consecutive drive of 80 yards or more by Kansas City on a day where the defense was just as dominant. While it might be easy to point to an earlier moment, it was here when it was obvious just how lopsided this game would be—and that the Bears were toast.
Chiefs vs. Bears Final Score
Coming into the week, the Chiefs were predicted to beat the Bears by 13 and yet that wasn't even close to the final deficit of 31 as the Chiefs won 41-10.
What's Next for the Chiefs?
The Kansas City Chiefs take to the road once again to open the month of October with a road trip to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets. The Sunday Night Football matchup should have been the first-ever showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, but now it looks like another lopsided matchup for K.C. to capitalize on.